Have you been redirected to search.autocompletepro.com webpage lately for no reason? Does it look like a normal webpage to you? But it is in fact a nasty browser hijacker. You can’t change the previous homepage back and no matter where you want to log on, you will get redirected to this web site and other unwanted links. This step-by-step instruction here will help you remove this browser hijacker manually.
search.autocompletepro.com can be categorized as a browser hijacker that mainly targets PC users’ browsers. A browser hijacker or browser redirect virus normally shows up like a genius search engine that provides rich resources. But different from a real search engine which gives the actual needs; this browser hijacker redirects and provides you unwanted web sites or fake results. It’s suggested that you should stick to the homepages or search engines you frequently use.
How did you get this search.autocompletepro.com infection in the first place? It is believed that this browser hijacker can be spread quickly through social networks. Visiting illegal webpages, playing gambling online or opening spam emails with malicious links inside can all lead to this infection. If you go online from this fake site, you will get redirected to unwanted sites and results associated with search.autocompletepro.com. Other than that, this browser redirect virus can also create system vulnerabilities in order to bring more viruses and ransomware without your permission. It can also assist backstage controllers to capture all the information on your computer and make a benefit out of your personal privacy. Therefore, when you come across this unwanted site, do not treat it as normal search engines but should try to remove it from your computer as soon as possible.
Normally this search.autocompletepro.com virus needs to be removed manually as it cannot be 100% removed by antivirus programs. In order to keep your computer safe, it’s better to make a backup of system beforehand. Following are some steps for your consideration:
1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard or right click on the bottom task-bar to open the Windows Task Manager; then scroll down to find [search.autocompletepro.com].exe and End process;
2. Open Folder Options from Control Panel, then click View tab to tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) then click OK;
3. Press Windows+R keys to open the Run window and then type in regedit to open Registry Editor;
5. Find out and delete all these associating files as below:
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\[random]
6. Find out and remove all these associating registry entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = 0
Generally speaking, a real site or search engine does not forcibly change your homepage or redirect you to unwanted or fake results. It is quite easy to notice whether your browser has been infected by a browser redirect virus or not. For instance, search.autocompletepro.com will appear to be your new homepage when the infection is done. And it will stay in the position of your homepage when you try to change it back. Even though the result lists it gives you look common, you do not want to click on them. There will be many Trojan viruses hidden inside and you will be constantly annoyed by pop-up ads. search.autocompletepro.com does not show up as a program in Add/Remove Programs of Control Panel. So you may not be able to uninstall it that way. Even if you can, it will show up again after a reboot of system because it’s not completely removed yet. The most effective way to get rid of this browser hijacker is to manually remove it without having risks of damaging other functions of computer.
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Published by Vinson J.Porche on October 23, 2012 9:05 am and last modified on May 30, 2013 5:41 am.