Getting Infected by Search.cucumberhead.com browser hijacker virus on my computer without any clue, what should I do now? My security program keeps popping up the warning threat asking me to take action to get rid of this virus as soon as I can. I feel so annoyed. It is really crazy! I don’t know how to remove this pesky virus. Please help! Thank you.
Search.cucumberhead.com is a malicious browser hijacker virus which may affect all your browsers greatly once it infected your computer. This virus seems as a good and practical search engine webpage as the famous search engine Google and Bing. But is it really good? It is a doubted question. Let’s see why. This virus may get into your computer secretly and then change your default homepage as well as your browser settings with your permission. Then it will force you to use its domain as your start-up page. You can’t change it back to any webpage until it is removed. Is it easy to remove? Oh, no. You can’t imagine that how hard it is to get rid of this malicious virus from your computer completely. If you use antivirus tool to remove it, it looks like it is removed by antivirus program. However, antivirus program can’t remove the deep hidden files clearly. So, it will be installed automatically on your compromised computer again. Hence, it is not the best way to remove this vicious virus by antivirus application. If you do more research online, you may see that it is greatly recommended to eliminate this virus with the use of manual removal method.
Most of you may think that you did nothing wrong while you are browsing. Why did you still get Search.cucumberhead.com on your computer out of your expectation? With the great development of Internet technology, cunning hackers may attach this virus to a third application which you may not pay much attention to. Usually, this virus may be associated with spam emails, junk email attachments, suspicious websites, unfamiliar pop-ups/ads/links as well as unsafe freeware downloads from unauthorized websites. Once the virus adds into your computer, it will quickly affect your browsers, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox as well as Safari and so on. The most obvious symptom is that you will be redirected to its domain or other unwanted websites automatically while you are on other webs. No matter when you start a new tab or just open a browser, you will see Search.cucumberhead.com is set as your start-up. Lots of pop-ups/ads/banners/coupons may float everywhere on your screen without concerning which website you are on. In a word, you can’t use your computer normally any more due to this virus. Thus, it is so kindly to suggest you take immediate action to remove this virus as early as you can while you see it appearing on your browser.
1. It can be added to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers without your notification.
2. You are rerouted to some unknown sponsored websites that you have never seen before when you surfing online.
3. You can get a bunch of popup ads show on the webpage which you are browsing.
4. It can be installed on your computer slightly.
5. This browser hijacker can introduce various infections and unwanted programs onto your system,
6. It can investigate your browsing behavior and gather your input information online.
7. It is also responsible for collecting computer user’s private information like IP address and online traces for unethical using of online marketing.
Note: If one of symptoms mentioned above is found in your computer, then you must know that your computer is being attacked by the browser hijacker. Since the browser hijacker is so dangerous, once your computer is infected, you should take actions to delete the hijacker. If you are not a computer expert, in case you lose your important data or damage your system, please welcome to contact Yoocare/Yoosecurity Online Expert for help now!
Search.cucumberhead.com Hijacker hijacks your default browser to redirect your web search results and modifies your default homepage and browser settings. Manual removal is the most effective way to completely uninstall it from an infected computer’s operating system, for the season that this hijacker is so cunning and dangerous, antivirus programs cannot get rid of it permanently. Here are the manual guides for users to remove the annoying hijacker.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the dubious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of this virus
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end this hijacker’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on 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
(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
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to this browser hijacker through Registry Editor Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
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
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
Search.cucumberhead.com is a fake search engine website which may not provide you any useful information while you are using it to research something. This virus is spread through peer-to-peer file sharing, unsafe website visiting, affected freeware downloading and so on. Once this infection gets into your computer, you may see that your computer works so weirdly. You may get stuck or webpage crashed so frequently. You can do nothing normally on your infected computer once this virus infects your computer. In addition, this virus may bring into other infection on your computer, such as adware, malware, spyware and so on. All these threats may mess up your computer completely. So, you’d better remove this virus as soon as you detect it on your computer. None antivirus program can get rid of this hijacker, but manual removal method.
Suggestion: The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.
Published by & last updated on April 1, 2016 5:36 am