My homepage has been hijacked to this Search.searchhdrp.com with a new tab search page. Along with this: (1) my PC slowed down; (2) when i go to Internet Options to change it, the Home Page part has grayed out; (3) when i try to open REGEDIT, i only got this message, “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”; (4) once in a while, another IE browser is loading even if i’m not opening another browser. I have already scanned it using McAfee but there was no virus detected. What can I do now? Please help!!! Thanks in advance.
Search.searchhdrp.com is defined as an unwanted search engine similarly to Search.searchffn.com which normally comes bundled with third-party application and freeware. It owns the characteristics of a browser hijacker or redirecting malware that can take control of web browser (including Safari, IE, FireFox, Chrome and Opera), hijack homepage and display fake warning message to download potentially unwanted applications like HD Radio Player without even asking for user’s approval. Browser hijacker is actually quite cunning because it can escape the detection of most antivirus programs. Once it arrives at the target machine it starts changing browser settings and displaying a lot of popups and advertising to Internet users. Users will see a different homepage instead of the previous one they set up before, in this case homepage can be changed to Search.searchhdrp.com. And they may keep getting an annoying message asking them to update video player or they may be recommended to download a video player or virus scanner. It’s driving people nuts as they probably never had this problem before. The browser hijacker stops users from browsing the web properly. It not only interrupts user’s browsing activities, but also can create new toolbar or favorites icon on its own trying to link unwary users to malicious website and promote more and more rogue programs.
Although browser hijacker can’t encrypt your files or steal your passwords like other computer viruses, no one likes pop-up notices and advertisements. The results that Search.searchhdrp.com provides are mostly irrelevant to your search query. It aims to redirect users to malicious websites which contain ads and various sponsored links. Not only can it change the default homepage and the search engine, but also destroy the system files and windows registry files of the computer. Infected users will experience slow PC performance and unstoppable pop-up ads. It always takes forever to load up a page whenever users are online. In addition, it tracks user’s online history, collects vital personal information like passwords, credit card, bank account information and even provides an opportunity for other malicious infections to enter the computer without permissions. Therefore, Search.searchhdrp.com should be removed as quickly as possible.
Browser hijacker infection like Search.searchhdrp.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.searchhdrp.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.searchhdrp.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.searchhdrp.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Search.searchhdrp.com is a customized search engine that may seem like a helpful tool, but in fact this page has been reported as useless and it is complained by many computer users because they are having difficulties getting online due to the constant blocks of this particular domain. The site is closely linked to browser hijacker which is capable of falsifying your browser settings, changing default homepage as well as your search engine and redirecting the web pages you like to some weird sites. No matter what you type in its search bar, you will always get some sites containing false ads or even dangerous viruses. Leaving a browser hijacker on the computer is not safe. It compromises the data you stored in the computer including files, pictures, programs and online banking information. To keep your computer safe, you should remove this browser hijacker timely.
Published by & last updated on June 9, 2016 4:23 am