Hi there. Earlier today I suddenly found that there were lots of unknown programs on my computer which I didn’t download them at all, then I deleted all of them one by one from control panel but I still have problem while surfing on the Internet. I use Firefox as the default browser and Bing as my homepage. But now it changes to Search.leperdvil.com. Is it a reliable search engine? No matter how many times I tried to change the homepage, it just won’t go to Bing anymore. How do I fix the problem?
Search.leperdvil.com is a corrupted website that usually disguises as a legitimate website providing PC user a useful search engine. At first glance, it looks as similar as Yahoo, Google or Bing Search, but in reality it is just another spam search engine that connects with browser hijacker, adware or potentially unwanted program. Technically speaking, browser hijacker is not a virus but it is capable of causing all sorts of troubles to destroy your browsing experience, even ruin your computer system. This hijacker is prone to hijack popular web browsers such as Safari, IE, FireFox and Google Chrome. It modifies browser settings, redirects your searches, adds unwanted extensions, and displays sponsored websites and tons of ads whenever you try to get online. It specifically offers PC users fraudulent search results. So if you search information through the site www.search.leperdvil.com, many bad sites will pop up without your expectations, some of which contain erotic contents, commercial ads or even dangerous computer infections.
Search.leperdvil.com hijacker will pop up automatically every time you open the web browser or you will always be redirected to this page whenever you want to access your favorite websites. It can not provide any reliable search results related to your search keywords. This website is used by the cyber hackers to deliver ads, promote PUPs and boost affiliate payments from artificial traffic. So the infected users could be redirected to some unknown or false shopping sites against their wills, or they may see tons of pop-ups, pop-under, in-text, banners on the browser all the time. Sometimes they may even end up with unwanted browser add-on, extension, plugin, toolbar and similar adware. Browser hijacker is annoying but computer users are quite easy to pick up it accidentally for it is attached to free downloads from unknown resources, suspicious websites and links in spam emails. Considering it has the ability to track people’s personal and non-personal information, for instance IP addresses, browsing history and search queries, it is suggested users get rid of Search.leperdvil.com as soon as it is detected.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like Search.leperdvil.com may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
Search.leperdvil.com hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Search.leperdvil.com Virus Hijacker is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Search.leperdvil.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Search.leperdvil.com is an ad-supported search engine which is able to modify the settings of your browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome and cause serious problems to your computer. It hijacks your homepage and doesn’t allow you to change it back. Also it displays continuous notifications and advertisements when browsing on the Internet, especially while you are surfing online shopping stores such as eBay, Walmart, Amazon, etc. Like other browser hijacking malware such as Startjoysearch.com and Search.newtab-mediasearch.com, this program may get into the system by clicking malicious code or unsafe advertising pop-ups, visiting pornographic website and downloading attachment from spam emails. Once installed the website pops up forcibly as a smart search engine to help you get more information on interesting topics. But if you don’t be careful enough and click on its results, it will immediately redirect you to other hacked websites and links. In addition, your browser can’t work normally because it keeps freezing all the time. Your Internet connection may keep disconnecting as well. To avoid further damages, you need to remove Search.leperdvil.com hijacker step by step without any doubt.
Published by & last updated on April 13, 2016 8:10 am