Better-Search.net, a freshly browser hijack virus, infringes arbitrary Internet browsers by means of its conspicuous attributes, aiming at boosting website traffic and profiting from victims. By modifying default web browser configuration, Better-Search.net browser hijack virus can forcibly block users accessing their favorite sites, and surreptitiously alter original homepage or start-up page to malicious domain based on Better-Search.net. The infection designed by cyber criminals may has the capability to redirect user’s initial search queries while using search engines. To interfere with Internet user’s online experience significantly, Better-Search.net hijack virus may provide a variety of pop-up advertisements on assaulted browsers, such as banners, ads revenue or coupons.
As the resent security research implies, Better-Search.net browser hijack virus can be voluntarily and manually initiated, which is similar as Search.StartNow.com redirect infection. To be specific, Better-Search.net virus can be contracted via third party browser helper objects (BHO), including add-ons, extensions, plugins or toolbars. When Internet users download and install designated BHO onto computer, the Better-Search.net could be directly activated and executed. Furthermore, this type of thread may be executed from with certain application programs which contain the activation code of the virus. Internet users may also get infected with Better-Search.net hijack virus when they visits some limited websites or legitimate web pages that have compromised to the developers of the virus. In addition, Better-Search.net infection is also prevalent on SPAM email containing attachments or links.
Note: The following manual removal requires certain computer expertise. If you have problems while removing Better-Search.net infection from computer, you may start a live chat with the recommended VilmaTech 24/7 Online Tech Agents to help you remove the virus manually.
Part one: Reset homepage.
a. Open your browser. Find yourself at Tools > Manage Add-ons.
b. When you see Search Providers option, you can choose Bing/Google search engine or any other you like and make it default;
c. Now choose ‘Search Results’ and select ‘Remove’.
d. Go to Tools > Internet Options > General tab. Click website e.g. Google.com. and OK.
a. Open your browser, and go to settings > Basic Options.
b. In the pop-up window, change Google Chrome’s homepage to google.com or any other you want.
c. Then you can click the ‘Manage Search Engines…’ button, and select Google from the list as your default search engine.
d. Now you can select Search Result option and remove it by clicking ‘X’ mark.
a. Open your browser and click on the magnifier’s icon.
b. Select ‘Manage Search Engine…’ button.
c. Choose Search Results and remove Better-Search.net from the list.
d. Now you can go to Tools> Options. Under the General tab, reset startup page and make ant other site you like.
Note: Manual removal of Better-Search.net virus is complex and risky task, as it refers to key parts of computer system, and is recommended only for advanced users. If you cannot remove Better-Search.net virus by yourself, you may ask help from VilmaTech 24/7 Online Computer Experts to manually remove the virus for you.
Part two: Completely remove Better-Search.net virus
a. Show hidden files of Better-Search.net.
1. Start> Control Panel> Appearance and Personalization.
2. Now you can click on Folder Options. And choose View tab.
3. Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
b. Stop the process of Better-Search.net.
c. Remove all the files of Better-Search.net stored on hard drive.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
d. Delete all registry files created by Better-Search.net. (Opening Registry Editor: Start>Run> type in “Regedit” in the search box and OK)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
The Better-Search.net browser hijack virus is a newly released infection designed by cyber criminals who attempt to make hazards on affected computer and gain from victims. This type of redirect virus has the capability to mess up popular-used browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. No matter which browser it infects, it has no big difference. When executed, it will not only generate website traffic to interfere with Internet user’s regular online experience but also may reveal user’s confidential data to third party. Without any doubts, Better-Search.net browser hijack virus should be removed from computer as long as being informed of its existence. However, with the help of advanced hiding techniques, this type of infection may bypass the full detection and auto removal of antivirus programs. In this case, the practical manual removal is strongly recommended for you. If you are not familiar with the operation and afraid of making mistake, you may ask help from VilmaTech Certified Tech Experts for real-time support.