Hi there. I haven’t used my laptop for some weeks and today when I turn it on, I notice that my homepage is changed to Search.searchlen.com. Also whenever I am online, I received a message on my browser that says my computer is infected and i need to call Microsoft for help, there is a number provided. I call the number but no one answers. I search online and people say it is a browser hijacker virus. But AVG says my PC is clean. I do not know what to do now. Is my computer infected? Please help.
Search.searchlen.com is a questionable website posing as a helpful search engine that helps for enhancing the user’s browsing quality, but in fact it belongs to browser hijacker or adware that created by hackers solely to direct Web surfers to pages hosting malware and increase website traffic. If your homepage has been replaced to Search.searchlen.com without your permission, do not rush to explore or use any functions it provides because this is a dubious engine that can generate misleading search results and redirect you to malicious websites. If you make an online search through this webpage, you will find it only displays fake search results, sponsored links and various ads about deals, coupons and commercial offers. You hardly get any reliable search results when you try searching for something through this website since it only causes dangerous redirects and never-ending ads. Many computer users find it annoying but they do not know how to stop the constant redirection and pop-up ads on their browser. Being as a new online fraud, browser hijacker cannot be detected or removed by any security tools. We suggest users remove it manually instead.
Search.searchlen.com hijacker is known to attack Firefox, IE and Chrome browser. Basically it spreads and installs with the help of other free programs. Whenever you download and install a program, you will be given 2 choices how you want to install the software – using Default/Standard/Basic option or Advanced/Custom one. If you select a default option, the browser hijacker or other additional programs will be installed bundled with the program you try to download without your awareness. It is very easy to identify if your browser has been hijacked. You will notice that your homepage and your default search engine are replaced to a different site against your will and during online session, there will be various ads on the web browser that keep pushing you to pay something you do not need. Besides, a browser hijacker may collect the non-personally identifiable information, such as your IP address, operating system type, search queries, visited websites, viewed pages, and other information in order to deliver more and more ads. Therefore, Search.searchlen.com hijacker should be removed as quickly as possible in order to keep PC and privacy safe and secure.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like Search.searchlen.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.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
Search.searchlen.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 Search.searchlen.com Virus 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 Search.searchlen.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Search.searchlen.com hijacking malware cannot bring you any pleasant experience although it looks like a helpful website provides online search service. It is labeled as browser redirect adware that intends to replace your current home page with its own search box, degrade overall web browser stability and performance and display crazy and annoying pop-up windows to promote online contents. Once it is working, it could lead you to unknown websites and bombard you with highly annoying advertisements. The bogus search engine will put sponsored links on the top and try to redirect users to commercial websites. That’s the difference between Google and fake search engines like this one. Search.searchlen.com hijacker is created purposely for marketing, commercial and publicity purposes so users should not let it stay on the PC for any reasons. Follow the above manual guide to get it off your PC quickly.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on June 15, 2016 2:26 am