Hello. Please help me get rid of Search.shockmute.com. It takes the place of my google search engine and I can’t take it back. So many weird things since I have seen this domain. I have got too many popups recently. They take me to unknown shopping sites. Google Chrome opened ad websites automatically after I clicked on other programs. That makes me feel stressed. Really need your help. Please reply me soon. Thank you.
Search.shockmute.com is a browser hijacker. Its developers use it to create traffic and extort income from the user by showing ads. It alters system and browser settings without your permission. Your homepage, search engine and even default videos player will be changed into unknown ones. No matter you use Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari, Search.shockmute.com is always able to hijack your browser. One of the most obvious characters of this threat is browser redirect. It just redirects you to strange websites and forces you to view their unreliable ads. It also installs useless ad-supported and useless programs on your computer. Those programs will damage your computer further. Besides, it is necessary for you to note that one of its important tasks is information collection. That will cause sensitive information leak. They will use your personal information to develop their product and make money. You must stop and delete Search.shockmute.com browser hijacker before it is too late.
Search.shockmute.com browser hijacker has been programmed for marketing purpose. It spares no effort to show you related ads and makes you view their websites. Your homepage is replaced by Search.shockmute.com or other suspicious website. It will not allow you change the homepage back easily. Sometimes, you may be lucky enough to change it. However, the suspicious one will come back soon. Once it takes over the browser, more and more useless programs will be show up on your browser. Unknown plug-ins and extensions are installed without your approval. Colorful banners appear and cover your browser. Unknown links are added to your Favorite folder. Special object is installed to make sure that this browser hijacker will keep running once you connect the computer to network. Though you don’t run the browser, it is still working. You also may notice that browser just starts suddenly while you didn’t click on the icon of browser. At the same time, annoying ads pop up all the time. Some ads even appear near the icons of programs that you use frequently. If you do not click on the icon accurately, you can click the ads thus opening their sponsored websites. When you are about to search for information, it hijacks the useful ones and injects sponsored links into the search results. No matter which result you click on, it redirects you to their affiliated websites randomly. Every time you click on the ads or open their websites, its developers get revenue. In addition, it collects information that you use on the browser, such as websites you often visited, search terms you use, product that you paid close attention to, user names and passwords etc. Later, the information will be sent to the remote owner. It is terrible that the unknown people own your sensitive information. We strongly suggest you remove Search.shockmute.com browser hijacker out of your system.
No.1: illegal movies or music. You may note that lots of illegal movies and music demand a certain media player. The website provides link to download the software, but you need to be careful. The malware like browser hijacker is embedded in the downloaded software on behalf.
No.2: pop-up ads. The cyber criminals usually design the browser hijacker programs very well and make them pop up in an attractive form. We have to tell you that unexpected clicks on suspicious links or pop-up ads may install this nasty browser hijacker on your computer.
No.3: malicious Trojan programs. Most of the Trojans are spreading via malicious software nowadays. Users who access these malicious programs in conjunction with Trojan virus will severally got infected with this browser hijacker.
No.4: ad-supported programs. Many people would like to download free software from the Internet. You should know that browser hijacker program usually is bundled with free software and shareware. It will be installed along with this kind of software as a plug-in. Cancel the plug-in installation to avoid unwanted programs.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of Redirect Vrius
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end Search.shockmute.com browser 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
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to Search.shockmute.com 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
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
In a word, Search.shockmute.com browser hijacker definitely is an unwanted program and will bring you various potential risk. The popup ads supported by Search.shockmute.com can contain phishing links which lead you to dangerous websites. Not all websites that this threat redirects you to are safe. Most of them are malicious websites. According to the research, a large number of people have been attacked by Ransomware, Trojan, Worm and other harmful computer threat after they had been redirected by browser hijacker. Do not ignore it though it is not as aggressive as lock screen virus. It can destroy your computer silently. The most thing is protection of your precious information. Do not allow anyone to access them. No one knows what they will do with your information. We suggest you remove Search.shockmute.com browser hijacker manually. Get rid of this annoying threat right now.
Published by Emerson L. Sullivan & last updated on December 17, 2016 5:15 pm