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Jul 5, 2016

Searchtodo.com Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

Hello, there. What is Searchtodo.com? No matter what I am doing on the Internet, I keep being redirected to visit its domain. Each time I start my Internet Explorer, it will show as my home page. But I can’t get useful information when I use it to search my favorite. After I start using this website, my computer gets problem so frequently without any reason. I know nothing about computer technology. Then I ask my IT friends help me to check what the problem is going on there. I am told that my computer gets hacked by malicious browser hijacker. Oh, what a hell! I was thinking that this website is good! Anyway, how can I remove this malicious fake website from my computer? Please help!

What Is Searchtodo.com? How to Remove?

Searchtodo.com is a malicious browser hijacker virus which is created by cyber criminals with the purpose of hacking innocent computer users. This fake website looks like a high-capacity domain with colorful and various shortcut buttons to transfer users to the most popular sites. It will show as it can help you reach the aimed website in the shortest time so as to save your time. It also seems like it knows your needs in details and then provide you the website you want shortly. On its domain, there is a platform displaying content with shopping deals, news feeds, games, sports news and music, are pleasantly arranged to convince of the site’s reliability. Is this website really useful? Will it really help you get what you want to research? Of course not! This website is an unwanted application, a malicious browser hijacker virus.

If you see this site in first sight, you may think it is a useful website. As a matter of fact, this website has been reported as malware hijacker. Malware analysts have agreed to call this Searchtodo.com a browser hijacker. Cyber criminals make this virus looks like resemble legitimate platforms for searching like Google or Bing. However, this virus is a fake and unwanted application, only providing other unrelated result for users. This virus can dive into your computer from lots of channels. It will get the chance while you are through downloading freeware, visiting suspicious websites or links, reading or responding spam emails as well as its attachments and installing unsafe programs on your computer. Once this virus gets into your computer, in order to conduct its malicious plans, it will take control of your online behaviors immediately. It will redefine your important browser settings and assign its domain to be your homepage, default search engine and the newly opened tab. If you try to change back, next time your start your computer again, it still there makes chaos on your computer. Once you get this virus on your computer, you can’t do anything normally on the compromised computer. Furthermore, lots of pop-ups and ads may stop you from browsing well on the Internet. What’s worse, this infection has the ability to bring into other infection for your computer, such as warms, malware, adware, spyware and so on. In one word, Searchtodo.com is a malicious computer infection which can’t do anything useful for you. If you want to protect your computer, it is strongly recommended to get rid of Searchtodo.com as soon as you can.

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.

A Screenshot of Searchtodo.com Infection

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Basic Symptoms and Potential Risks of Searchtodo.com Infection

1. It can be added to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers without your notification.
2. You are rerouted to some unknown sponsored websites that you have never seen before when you surfing online.
3. You can get a bunch of popup ads show on the webpage which you are browsing.
4. It can be installed on your computer slightly.
5. This browser hijacker can introduce various infections and unwanted programs onto your system,
6. It can investigate your browsing behavior and gather your input information online.
7. It is also responsible for collecting computer user’s private information like IP address and online traces for unethical using of online marketing.

Note: If one of symptoms mentioned above is found in your computer, then you must know that your computer is being attacked by the browser hijacker. Since the browser hijacker is so dangerous, once your computer is infected, you should take actions to delete the hijacker. If you are not a computer expert, in case you lose your important data or damage your system, please welcome to contact Yoocare/Yoosecurity Online Expert for help now!

Manual Removal Guide:

Searchtodo.com Hijacker hijacks your default browser to redirect your web search results and modifies your default homepage and browser settings. Manual removal is the most effective way to completely uninstall it from an infected computer’s operating system, for the season that this hijacker is so cunning and dangerous, antivirus programs cannot get rid of it permanently. Here are the manual guides for users to remove the annoying hijacker.

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 dubious add-ons

* 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 this virus

2. End Relevant Processes

(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab

Windows 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 this hijacker’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

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 this browser hijacker 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

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 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Conclusion

Searchtodo.com is an annoying and malicious browser hijacker virus which may do lots of malicious thing on your compromised computer. Once it gets into your computer, it will trace your online activities and then collect your online data. It has the ability to pilfer your sensitive information on your compromised computer, such as credit card information, bank account information, trading account information, log-in user names and so on. The collected data is used to display more tailor-suited ads or can be even sold by cyber criminals to third-party sources without a second thought without your approval. You may have to face a great potential threat in the near future. In case, you fall into the scam’s trap. Hence, it is highly suggested to get rid of this virus as early as you can when you see this virus on your computer.

Suggestion: The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.

Published by & last updated on July 5, 2016 7:58 am

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