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Jul 28, 2016

How to Remove Search.arcahol.com Browser Hijacker

Why does my computer keep redirecting me to visit Search.arcahol.com no matter what I do online, like add a new tab or start another browser? Is it a useful website? Is it a practical search engine? Antivirus reported that Search.arcahol.com virus is making malicious thing on my computer, really? It is a virus? What should I believe in? Please advise!

More Information About Search.arcahol.com Infection:

Search.arcahol.com virus is an unwanted application which has the ability to make lots of computer troubles for you so as to interrupt you from doing anything normally on your infected computer. This application is completely fake and malicious program. It is newly created by the cyber criminals with the purpose of hacking into the target computer and then making effect on all Internet browsers on the compromised computer. It is similar with other browser hijacker variants, such as Search.yoursocialconnections.com hijacker, Mytrustsearch.com virus, Nuesearch.com infection, which can hijack all famous website browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and even Safari. Cyber criminals used to attach this virus into third party helpers such as free applications, malicious websites, junk emails and its attachments, unfamiliar pop-ups, and commercial ads etc. Cyber hackers may find every possible to spread this virus on the Internet. If you don’t take care on your online activities, you may fall into the trap they made online and then get this virus onto your computer without any attention. So, if you want to avoid being infected by this infection, please watch out, be careful on all your steps online.

Search.arcahol.com appears just like a good page (such as Google and Bing) that can provide users all information they are searching on its domain. But if you really use this fake website to do search, you may find that all the information links it provides are nothing related to the key words you entered. Bad things are not coming alone! Once this virus gets into your computer, it has the ability to change your browser settings and DNS settings. It is no doubt that your default homepage and search engine is changed to be Search.arcahol.com without your approval. So, no matter you start a browser or add a new tab, you will be redirected to this virus’ domain. What’s more, you will get flood of crazy pop-ups/ads/banners/coupons continuously while you are browsing the Internet. Well, it is completely inconvenient for you doing anything on the infected computer since this virus may stop you again and again. Hence, if you don’t want to encounter too much trouble on your computer, you’d better remove the bad virus— Search.arcahol.com hijacker from your infected computer once you see it on your browser.

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 Search.arcahol.com Infection

arcahol

Basic Symptoms and Potential Risks of Search.arcahol.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:

Search.arcahol.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

Search.arcahol.com virus is a completely fake search engine which used to convincing people into using it by pretending itself as a good search tool like Google Search. But, what it really does is at the opposite side of what Google does for its users. This fake website can only provide you bad information links which contain other malicious virus like spyware, adware, malware and Trojan. Besides, this virus may track your online activities and then collect your sensitive data on the compromised computer. It may steal this data and then transfer it to the remote hackers. It is really dangerous for both of your privacy and computer security. Therefore, it is highly suggest you get rid of Search.arcahol.com virus from the infected computer as early as you can. If you want to remove this virus completely, manual removal guide can help you do this job perfectly as it is the only way which can remove this virus permanently.

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 Selina Lynmich & last updated on July 28, 2016 5:57 am

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