Hi. There. I have Cheetasearch.com browser hijacker on my Google Chrome which is my favorite browser. I used it to visit various websites, watch videos and download software and game package all the time. It worked great! However, it has been out of control since I saw this Cheetasearch.com thing on it. It took the place of my original home page and changed the settings without my approval. I have been forced to visit unknown websites that are full of ads frequently. When I view goods on online shop, irrelevant ads keep popping up on my screen which is very annoying. I tried to reset my browser, but it didn’t work. How can I get rid of it? Anyone can help?
Cheetasearch.com is a malicious website which hijacks your browser and performs various evil activities on your computer. It is capable of doing browser modifications like creating shortcuts on your toolbar, adding links, and redirecting search results. You may not notice it as a harmful program to your computer because it looks like a normal search engine. In fact, it is an unwanted ad-supported program. To help its developer generate revenue, it installs many useless programs to damage your system and access the precious information it needs on your computer. The cyber criminals can use your personal information to do illegal thing for money. Therefore, we do not suggest you ignore this Cheetasearch.com browser hijacker. If you see it on your browser, delete it right now.
According to the research, the browser hijacker had been spread for marketing purpose. It will collect sensitive information from you to develop its related products. Once Cheetasearch.com browser hijacker is installed, it changes your homepage into Cheetasearch.com or other suspicious websites. To make sure that it will run automatically every time you start your browser, it alters your browser default settings with specific code and makes it difficult to change it back. After it takes over the browser, it adds many shortcuts to your toolbar, inserts unknown programs to your favorite and installs unwanted plug-ins and extensions without your permission. You may find that it takes much more time to launch the browser or load a new tab as it needs to load all of its components to work. It spies on your browsing activities and records your search keywords, websites that you visit the most, usernames and passwords you use on your browser. You need to note that this kind of information is very useful for its product development. In addition, to promote their products, it injects ads into your search results which have nothing to do with what you want and redirects you to its affiliated websites. In this way, its ads have been read and its developer will get money. Though it seems harmless to your computer, it can bring you potential risk. There is no guarantee that the websites you are redirected to are safe to visit. As we all know, many computer have been infected with malware while the users visit unsafe website. Do not leave Cheetasearch.com browser hijacker on your computer any more.
Cheetasearch.com browser hijacker programs has been spread widely. You need to be careful with suspicious programs online to keep your computer away from viruses. Let’s talk about some of the suspicious programs.
No.1: illegal movies or music. You may note that lots of illegal movies and music demand a certain media player. The website provides link to download the software, but you need to be careful. The malware like Cheetasearch.com is embedded in the downloaded software on behalf.
No.2: pop-up ads. The cyber criminals usually design the browser hijacker programs very well and make them pop up in an attractive form. We have to tell you that unexpected clicks on suspicious links or pop-up ads may install this Cheetasearch.com browser hijacker on your computer.
No.3: malicious Trojan programs. Most of the Trojans are spreading via malicious software nowadays. Users who access these malicious programs in conjunction with Trojan virus will severally got infected with this browser hijacker.
No.4: ad-supported programs. Many people would like to download free software from the Internet. You should know that browser hijacker program usually is bundled with free software and shareware. It will be installed along with this kind of software as a plug-in. Cancel the plug-in installation to avoid unwanted programs.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of Cheetasearch.com
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end Cheetasearch.com’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on 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
(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
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to Cheetasearch.com through Registry Editor
Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
In a word, Cheetasearch.com browser hijacker is definitely an unwanted and annoying program. You can find that many suspicious shortcuts appear on your desktops which means many programs have been installed on your computer. Your computer will run slower and slower. It may crashes down without a reason. Besides, your computer can be infected with viruses, Trojans, worms and other malware while you are redirected to malicious websites. To make the matter worse, the cyber criminals may access your bank card detail with the help of this Cheetasearch.com browser hijacker. Hence, stop it as soon as possible. As it hides deep in your system and cannot be uninstalled in a regular way, manual removal is the most effective way so far. Locate the related files of Cheetasearch.com and remove them one by one right now!
Published by & last updated on August 26, 2016 8:47 am