Hi there. I think I have a browser hijacking problem on my web browser. Whenever I run Firefox, it pops up Search.timkiemvn.com rather than www.google.com which should be my default homepage. I’m not sure how it gets into my computer. When I go to browser settings and try to change the homepage, it doesn’t do anything. I am still getting redirected to this unwanted page again and again. I have tried Malwarebytes, and it did detect some PUPs. However, after removing them and restarting my computer the problem is still not fixed. I do not what to do now. Is there a way I can remove the annoying hijacker thing completely?
Search.timkiemvn.com may seem to be a helpful site that provides online searching for computer users but actually it is considered as a browser hijacker which belongs to a kind of computer threat. Browser hijacker is related to an advertising-supported application that usually installs bundled with freeware or other malicious programs without user’s consent. It changes browser settings (including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome), alters the search page, and redirects the user to its own page frequently. Also it can add undesirable or insecure resources to the trusted sites list in order to link users to malicious website and download more threats on the infected machine. This hijacker is responsible for generating various forms of advertisements so you will receive various ads and pop-ups from third party servers whenever you are online. In addition, unwanted toolbar can be added to the computer which causes much slower internet connection speed and overall connection instability.
The site Search.timkiemvn.com doesn’t give any help to users, instead it can bring many troubles and annoyances to the target computers. Once you make a search using this spam search engine, you’ll see its search results are always deceptive. It displays many sponsored links on the top of search results, trying to redirect unwary users to predetermined web pages and sell them other programs they don’t want. Not only you will constantly experience redirections to unknown websites, but also you will notice tons of ads that, which are really annoying and which take time to be closed. This dubious search engine aims to promote affiliate marketing and gain pay-per-click revenue. It cheats most of computer users to believe it and keep it on their machines. What’s more, this kind of infection cannot be detected by anti-virus programs because it is not under the detection range of security tools. Therefore, it is suggested users to get rid of Search.timkiemvn.com hijacker manually.
Browser hijacker infection like Search.timkiemvn.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.timkiemvn.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.timkiemvn.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.timkiemvn.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Search.timkiemvn.com is a fraudulent website designed to promote potentially unwanted program and it should be removed in time. The website may seem harmless, but in fact it just mimics known search portal and uses fraudulent search results to trick innocent users. It will not provide you any reliable search results related to your queries. If you attempt to use this spam search engine to look up information, you will get a lot of sponsored results that are not relevant to your search query. The hijacker forces users to go to a predefined site and it greatly interrupts browsing activities. It may redirect users to blank websites, to advertisements or even to malicious websites which will show misleading information and try to attack PC. As a result, your financial details could be collected by victims for getting more illegal benefits. The program won’t be shown in control panel so you cannot uninstall it like the same way you remove other legitimate software. If your homepage is suddenly changed to Search.timkiemvn.com, it is recommended users to get rid of it manually instead.
Published by & last updated on May 13, 2016 3:33 am