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Get Rid of Dosearches.com Search Redirect Virus – Removal Guideline

Published on October 30, 2013

Upon the sight of dosearches.com, it is considered as a search engine just like what Google.com is. However, there are some discrepancies between the two. Google.com replaces your homepage after it is entitled to do so, while dosearches.com occupies homepage as well as search engine without your permission. Such arbitrary characteristic makes dosearches.com a lousy one and a widely approved browser hijacker.

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Dosearches.com can also arouse trouble to ruin browsing experience. As one can see what is promoted right beneath its search box. It is believed that one who knows well virus dissemination routine will not click on phony but luring advertisement, yet accidental click can be made because of computer lag or curious children. Once the accidental click I made, advertisements would start to flood the affected browser to the extent that browsing is difficult. In such case, we know that dosearches.com search redirect virus collaborates with ads. What’s worse, dosearches.com search redirect virus will not offer effective and closely related search results as expected. Whenever one tries to do search with it, one would either get a whole new page next to search results entitled dosearches.com or have results replaced with the domain dosearches.com. It is apparently that dosearches is a search redirect virus one needs to get rid of the earlier the better.

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Sadly, getting rid of dosearches.com is such a tough task that running anti-virus program and uninstalling-reinstalling process will not remove it. One should be aware that browser settings are modified by the search redirect virus. However, modifications will not stay as active that dosearches.com comes back again. The reason for this is that its aggressive registry entries are placed into database where commands are given out to run a computer. Small size as dosearches.com is, the search redirect virus is capable of forming a backdoor invisible to victims with a couple of registry entries. Once its backdoor is put in effect, big trouble is going to make the infected computer out of control. Dosearches.com reports what has been finished, including what is done by the victim in an attempt to get rid of it, to its remote server and waits to receive new commands to implement vicious conducts and counter-plan to avoid being easily removed. Taking the format dosearches.com comes into as an add-on, anti-spyware program is not going to help with a complete removal, it is recommended to get rid of dosearches.com search redirect virus manually and you are welcome to follow up the instruction below.

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Steps to Get Rid of Dosearches.com

Step 1. Access database to clean up registry entries related to dosearches.com search redirect virus.

a. steps for Windows 8 users:

Hover mouse over lower right screen -> charms bar appears -> click Search charm -> type  ‘regedit.exe’ -> hit Enter key -> navigate to the following keys

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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook]

b. steps for Windows 7/XP/Vista users:

Start menu -> hit Run/Search box -> type ‘regedit’ (without quptation) -> hit Enter key -> navigate to the same keys as listed above.

Step 2. Show hidden files to get rid of dosearches.com search redirect virus.

a. steps for Windows 8 users:

Click open any folder -> select Windows Explorer -> hit View tab -> tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options -> start searching for related files and folders mainly in roam and temp folders.

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b. steps for Windows 7/XP/Vista users:

Start menu -> go to ‘Control Panel’ -> search for ‘Folder Options’ -> hit View tab -> tick ‘Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ -> click ‘OK’ -> start searching for related files and folders mainly in roam and temp folders.

Step 3. Manually modify back the browser settings to further get rid of dosearches.com search redirect virus.

a. steps for Firefox users:

Go to Tools menu -> select Manage Add-ons -> check under Extensions tab and Plugins respectively and rectify those modified by dosearches.com search redirect virus.

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b. steps for Google Chrome users:

Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon -> select ‘Settings’ -> manage ‘Extension’ -> ‘manage search engine’

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c. steps for Internet Explorer users:

Go to Tools -> select ‘Manage Add-ons’ -> check under ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and ‘Search Providers’ respectively -> click ‘Disable’/ ‘Remove’ to get rid of dosearches.com search redirect virus.

Step 4. Don’t forget to disable its startup item and restart the computer to ensure success is made to get rid of dosearches.com search redirect virus.

a. steps for Windows 8 users:

Start screen -> type ‘Task’ -> hit Startup tab -> find and select ones associated with dosearches.com to remove them.

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b. steps for Windows 7/XP/Vista users:

Start Menu -> select ‘Run’ -> type ‘msconfig’ -> hit Startup tab -> find and select ones associated with dosearches.com to disable them.

Notes:

As mentioned above, dosearches.com search redirect virus collaborates with other virus and is capable of making backdoor. An affected computer may have been attacked by additional infection. If that’s the case, the above steps may not help with a complete removal. Victims may have to update themselves with virus list provided in center for computer virus removal and find out if there are ones staying on that affected machine. Furthermore, if you are afraid of making mistake because of shortage of computer knowledge, VilmaTech online support will always support you if you come and consult.

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  • Clark Massey

    the only thing listed under mozilla from step one is MaintenenceService