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May 20, 2016

Search.searchlcl.com Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

This Search.searchlcl.com browser hijacker messes up everything on my Internet Explorer. It changes my homepage and does not allow me to get it back. Besides, endless ads pop up when I use my browser. Something must be installed to do this. I see strange things on the toolbar, but I have no idea where I can uninstall them. My computer runs slow lately. I want it back to normal. Is there any computer expert can help me fix this problem?

Brief Description of Search.searchlcl.com Browser Hijacker

Search.searchlcl.com is a browser hijacker which helps its developer generate revenue via performing nasty activities on your computer. It has been spread for marketing purpose. To control your browser like Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, it changes your homepage into unknown websites without your permission. Many legit programs also change your homepage. The difference is that you can change your original homepage back after it has been changed. However, Search.searchlcl.com browser hijacker makes it very difficult to take it back. It is capable of redirecting you to suspicious websites and delivering ads to you when searching the Internet. Annoying as it is, it cannot be uninstalled from your computer in a traditional way because its developer tends to use specific techniques for hiding themselves from users. It is not an easy job to remove it completely out of your system.

To avoid Search.searchlcl.com browser hijacker and other unwanted programs, it is very necessary to learn its spread method. Most commonly, browser hijacker program is bundled with free software, shareware and ad-supported programs, such as video streaming programs, video recording programs and other similar programs. It will be installed as a plug-in on your computer. If you read Privacy Policy and Agreement of Use carefully during the installation process, you will see a small line of words saying that a plug-in will be installed. Behind this item, there is a small box with a check. We kindly suggest you remove the check to avoid unwanted program like Search.searchlcl.com browser hijacker. Besides, fake pop-up may guide you to misleading official website. It will try to persuade you believe that this is a piece of useful software to download when you are on the fake official website. We do not advise you download unknown software in a rush. Most of the malicious software appears to be legit today. It is a wise idea to download software from its real official website.

After your computer is infected with Search.searchlcl.com browser hijacker, your homepage will be changed into Search.searchlcl.com or other unknown websites. Meanwhile, strange toolbars, browser add-ons and extensions show up on your browser. They will be loaded every time you open a new tab which takes a long time to wait. Ads about its affiliated products are injected to your search results. You hardly can find the useful information which has been hijacked. When you click on any one of the results, you will be redirected to its sponsored websites thus helping its owner get money which is a kind of per-click-pay advertising. Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that all of those websites are safe to use. Last but not least, it is capable of spying on your activities online activities. It collects your browsing habits like what search terms you use, what sites you visit the most, what files you upload what information you enter, etc. for marketing purpose. No one can tell that it is not capable of accessing your credit card detail and other sensitive information. Therefore, get rid of this browser hijacker as early as possible. Do not put your information at risk.

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.searchlcl.com Browser Hijacker

Search.searchlcl.com browser hijacker

Removal Guide

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.searchlcl.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.searchlcl.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.searchlcl.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

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe

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

%Temp%\random.exe

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Conclusion

Though Search.searchlcl.com browser hijacker is not as aggressive as other computer threat, it is pretty harmful to your computer. Your computer will run slower and slower. In addition, viruses, Trojans, worms and other powerful computer threat can hide on the websites that you are redirected to. The ads that pop up when you do shopping or play game may contain links to malicious websites where viruses are waiting for you. Hence, be cautious when dealing with pop-up ads. No one knows if its developer will share your sensitive information with the cyber criminals. Do not hesitate to get rid of this evil browser hijacker any more, or you are putting your money at risk. As it is stubborn, manual removal is the most effective way so far. You can locate all of its related files and remove them one by one. Take action right now!

Published by & last updated on May 20, 2016 7:58 am

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