My laptop has been working well but since yesterday something strange happened. Every time I was online, I started being redirected to various pages that gave me crazy pop-up ads that asked me to sign up for a membership or sold me some suspicious looking applications. And I also noticed my default homepage was suddenly changed to All-search-engines.com. The problem was on Firefox and IE was working fine. I tried to reset Firefox and it didn’t help. I used AVG and it didn’t detect anything suspicious. What should I do?
All-search-engines.com is an insecure web search-providing website that associated with adware, browser hijacker and potentially unwanted programs. At first glance, this customized search may appear like Google, Bing, or Yahoo, but in fact it cannot really provide users reliable search results. Instead, it only shows results that contain full of ads and sponsored ads which can mislead user to visit advertiser’s web site. A browser hijacker can be added on a computer after the user downloaded freeware from various servers. Most of the time, users are not aware that they are loading this dubious search engine while installing freeware or shareware until they find some changes on the web browser. This application aims to affect browser applications including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Safari and other Internet browsers. In order to create artificial traffic and boost affiliate payments, infected users will be forced to visit All-search-engines.com again and again and get fraudulent search results against their wills. Meanwhile, other unwanted activities can be initiated immediately after the browser is hijacked:
It alters your startup page, new tab, default search provider to All-search-engines.com against your will.
It disables firewall and current anti-virus programs.
It interrupts online activities by displaying endless pop-up ads.
It installs unwanted programs such as malicious browser add-ons, extensions, plugins, toolbars, etc.
It initiates constant redirects to various third-party web pages.
It changes DNS settings and causes slow Internet speed.
It may collect information about your search terms, mostly visited websites, data that you entered on each of sites without your knowledge.
All-search-engines.com convinces you that it is a reliable search engine but instead it only does evil actions on a computer as soon as it is installed. Be aware that this site doesn’t have any real search engine features. It is a deceptive website which pretends to be a legitimate search engine but it will not provide you any reliable search results related to your queries. Such hijacking malware is designed to promote various commercial websites and increase traffic, so you should not keep it in the PC for any longer.
Browser hijacker infection like All-search-engines.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.
All-search-engines.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 All-search-engines.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 All-search-engines.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
All-search-engines.com is an ad-supported search engine that usually refers to browser hijacker malware. It hijacks your default homepage, new tab URL and search engine and redirects your browser to a fake Google page all the time. This page is created by 3rd party in order to promote unwanted programs so it will not provide you any reliable search results. Instead, it modifies your browser settings and causes you many annoying problems. Whenever you are online you may see many pop-up ads on each window you open. Your default homepage and search engine are changed to a fake site. Besides, serious slowdowns and browser crashes issue can happen all the time. The hijacker can even keep track of your browsing activity (visited websites, terms you search for, your bookmarks, links you click on, and other personally non-identifiable information) in order to find out your interests and deliver more and more ads. To stop constant redirection to All-search-engines.com, you should manually get rid of this hijacker from your system.
Published by & last updated on June 26, 2016 2:38 am