Is your internet browsing interrupted by numerous types of pop up ads frequently? Is your start page changed to Search.searchlwa.com without your permission? When you go to internet options, it doesn’t allow you to change your homepage? If you are suffering with these troubles, that indicates a browser hijacker must have been installed on machine. Follow the manual removal guide below to get rid of it step by step now.
Search.searchlwa.com is considered as an insecure web search engine that can be placed on Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari browser without any permission. We regard it as one of the nasty browser hijackers or PUP (potentially unwanted program). This application often comes along with other unreliable free applications or gets downloaded from a spam email. Once installed, it takes over browsers using unfair methods, and changes browser settings without user’s permission. Every time you go to the Internet, it opens new window or new tab with Search.searchlwa.com automatically. It sets this page as your default homepage so you will be redirected to this unwanted page again and again. And when you go to google to search up something, it lags and then when you click a certain link, it could redirect you to this site too. Browser hijacker may not malicious but it is very annoying. It interferes into user’s browsing activities and causes unwanted redirections to make infected users visit sponsored websites. In this way, cyber criminals can generate revenue from the artificial traffic and promote their malicious software. YooCare Experts suggest users remove this hijacker as soon as it is detected.
Search.searchlwa.com may look like a friendly website, with a search box like the most famous search engine Google. But don’t be taken in by the juvenile tactics. This is just a spam engine that does nothing but delivers ads. Once it is set as your homepage, you will get no chance to change the homepage back to your favorite site. Although in some cases it can show you the search results you want, when you click on it it just displays various advertisements which link to sponsored websites instead. And on the infected browser, annoying pop-up ads with coupons, deals, and online offers will be displayed frequently during your online sessions. They prevent you from going to your desired page. Clicking those ads will be involved to the distribution of other questionable applications and it may even lead to personal information theft because a hijacker can constantly use your internet connection to send your private information to remote servers without your knowledge. If you do not want to be end up visiting infected websites or seeing annoying pop-up ads, you need to remove Search.searchlwa.com hijacker from the PC manually as soon as possible.
Browser hijacker infection like Search.searchlwa.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.
Search.searchlwa.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.searchlwa.com 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.searchlwa.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Have you noticed that your default homepage was replaced with Search.searchlwa.com? Beware that it is a browser hijacker and you should not use it as a search provider although it seems like a helpful site. The program was created for promoting various sponsored websites. And it just offers fraudulent search results and forces your web browser to illegal websites. Once your browser has been hijacked, your start up page will get changed to malicious web pages and new tab with ads will open automatically. Meanwhile, you may also end up with browser redirection, PC slowdowns and browser freezing issue. This website is not reliable, it only displays plenty of ads and sponsored links among your search results and offers useless information that doesn’t match with your search query. What’s more, it may contain a tracking cookie designed to keep track of how many times you visit a website and how long you stay, your browser type, your IP address, and other web surfing activities. As a result, your privacy can be compromised. Anyway, in order to protect your PC and prevent your data from sharing with third parties, you are recommended to remove Search.searchlwa.com hijacker as soon as possible.
Published by & last updated on May 8, 2016 1:19 am