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Mar 16, 2016

Search.tv-cmf.com Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

I need help with my Google Chrome. It just runs crazily. My favorite homepage is gone. Someone replaced it with Search.tv-cmf.com. Many toolbars are added on my browser. I can’t change the default settings. Lots of ads pop up. Google Chrome runs so slow now. I was redirected to Search.tv-cmf.com frequently. Who can tell me what is going here? Help me get rid of this mess-up. Many thanks.

What Is Search.tv-cmf.com Browser Hijacker?

Search.tv-cmf.com is a new form of browser hijacker which is installed along with unknown free software downloaded from the internet. It can change your browser settings, set your homepage and default search provider into Search.tv-cmf.com without your permission. Its developers spread it in order to make huge money from Internet users. They get Search.tv-cmf.com installed on your browser so as to collect information about your browsing habits. It records what websites you visit and what you are looking for on the Internet which are very important for their new product. Multiple toolbars appear on your web browser which you didn’t install. Therefore, it will take a long time to load web-pages. Tons of ads will pop up now and then after your computer is infected with this virus. For obsessive compulsive disorders, it is really unbearable. They would try to close all the pop ups which is a pretty time consuming thing. When you type in key word to search for some information, many sponsored links will be added to your search results though they have nothing to do with what you want. Besides, if you click on a search result, it will redirect you to Search.tv-cmf.com and other suspicious websites aiming at promoting these websites and increase their traffic. In this situation, it changes ways that you used to browse which definitely can mess up your business. Don’t ignore this problem as those seemingly safe sites you were redirected to may be full of potentially dangerous programs or even viruses. You need to stop Search.tv-cmf.com Browser Hijacker right now.

How To Avoid Being infected with Search.tv-cmf.com Hijacker Virus?

As Search.tv-cmf.com browser hijacker is bundled with other good programs, your web browser may be infected with it easily. Luckily, you can stop your computer from getting such infection quite easily. What you need to do is to pay more attention to the process when installing any unknown free software from the Internet. Always choose Custom installation mode instead of a default one and make sure that you remove the check boxes marked by default for installation of unknown programs. That will protect your computer from getting useless tools. Do not ever allow adding any unknown pages as your homepage either. Besides, you need to be cautious with unknown free programs, attachment from a spam and pop-ups on the Internet. Virus can hide everywhere.

How to Remove Search.tv-cmf.com Hijacker Virus

Getting sick of endless pop-up ads and URL redirection, you would want to get rid of Search.tv-cmf.com browser hijacker. Unfortunately, your security program just can’t detect it as a virus because it was installed by you indirectly without your knowledge. Besides, you can’t change your browser setting or change your former homepage back like it totally takes control of your search engine. To prevent itself being removed, no uninstall option is provided to uninstall plug-in software.You have to remove all the related files with this virus one by one out of your system manually.

Processing manual removal is supposed to have a certain level of computer literacy. If you are not sure how to start and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging the computer system, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Screenshot of Search.tv-cmf.com Hijacker :

Search.tv-cmf.com Browser Hijacker

1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions

* Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options

Tools in IE

(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons

Manage-browser-add-ons22

* Firefox:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons

Tools-in-Firefox

(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable

* Google Chrome:

(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions

Customize-and-control-Google-Chrome-button

(2). Disable the extensions of Search.tv-cmf.com

2. End Relevant Processes

(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab

Task-Manager

*For Win 8 Users:

Click More details when you see the Task Manager box

Win-8-Task-Manager

And then click Details tab

Details-Tab-in-Win-8-Task-Manager

(2). Find out and end Search.tv-cmf.com’s processes

3. Show Hidden Files

(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel

(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization

Appearance-and-Personalization

(3). Click on Folder Options

Folder-Options

(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window

(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

Show-Hidden-Files-Folders-and-Drives

(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window

*For Win 8 Users:

Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options

View-in-Computer-Window

Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

View-Tab-in-Folder-Options-Window

4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files

(1). Delete the registry entries related to Search.tv-cmf.com through Registry Editor

Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”

Regedit

While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\run\Random.exe

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe

%Temp%\random.exe

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\random

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”

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Conclusion

As we discussed above, Search.tv-cmf.com virus can collect personally non-identifiable information which is related to adware-type programs. Do not trust and leave it on your computer. According to the developers of this program, they mostly collect data about people’s activity on the web, like visited websites, information that is added there, computer’s IP address, its location, browser’s type, etc. However, the matter is that knavish people may use this software for collecting login data, contact information and other confidential details, revealing them to unrelated parties for commercial reasons. Your information is at considerable risk. You need to remove Search.tv-cmf.com browser hijacker from your system as soon as possible to protect your privacy and improve your computer’s security.

Published by & last updated on March 16, 2016 2:51 pm

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