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Remove Cool Web Search Malware – Adware.CoolWebSearch and Coolwebsearch.com

About Cool Web Search Malware

remove CoolWebSearch.com and coolwebsearch malware
Many people started to attend the removal war against cool web search malware since
Adware.coolwebsearch harassed thousands of hundreds of computers in a flick over night in 2005. Coolwebsearch.com hijacker was then brought out by the increasing needs of aggressive promotion as the online commercial war was getting more and more fierce and online shopping industry started to blossom. As herein started clearly that both Adware.coolwebsearch and Coolwebsearch.com are created to serve as sales promotional tools, they are collectively called as Cool Web Search malware that intercept traffic by manipulating DNS settings. Using it is cheating in SEO.
 

Cool Web Search Malware Cannot Be Removed by Anti-virus Program

As cheating tools, both adware.coolwebsearch and coolwebsearch.com adopt ActiveX, Applet, VBScript and JavaScript technologies to help with DNS manipulation without being stopped by force due to the fact that the technologies have been used in optimizing surfing experience for nearly a century. In other word, adware.coolwebsearch and coolwebsearch.com, without virulent attribute code (the important indicator for automatic removal), are not virus and thus will not be removed by security utilities automatically. Let’s keep reading and see what harms Cool Web Search malware imposes to a target system without effective protection from installed anti-virus programs. A quick solution exclusively to Cool Web Search malware is also provided in this article. Should you have any questions about the malware or about the solution, you are welcome to live chat with security adviser from VilmaTech Online Support.

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Harms by Cool Web Search Malware

Additional web applications and programs: both adware.coolwebsearch and coolwebsearch.com are browser applications, which would certainly brings in more web apps just like getting adware.coolwebsearch would finally result in coolwebsearch.com hijacking and vise versa. Bringing in additional web applications is to make sure that the aggressive promotion is carried out smoothly as expected. So far, “shoppingwizard”,”offer optimizer” ,”CasProg” and “Ads by BlockAndSurf”  have been detected. It shows obviously that many software would like to employ such cheating promotional means to get high exposure.

Computer runs slowly with highly consumed CPU: with more extra items placed into the machine harassed by Cool Web Search malware, more CPU is drawn to other field for corresponding operations. What’s more, more CPU is required to display the pages to which adware.coolwebsearch or coolwebsearch.com takes victims as few surfing standard is met. There’s no doubt that loosely programmed web pages will be accessed through Cool Web Search malware as such cheating means (doomed to be punished by Google) is only favored by web sites without original content and vision.

Computer becomes vulnerable to infections: bugs, vulnerability, loophole and backdoor have become the major ways for virus propagation and bug can be easily found on loosely programmed web sites. Once an infection is exploiting a bug on the web site to which Cool Web Search malware is directing a computer, the computer will be definitely affected.

Information security will be threatened: the threat only takes place when bug has been successfully taken advantage. If it is the case, ActiveX, Applet, BHO and JavaScript technologies will be utilized to preload malicious code into a target machine without being examined, monitoring online whereabouts and recording log-in credentials without knowledge and permission as those technologies were created to do so in an attempt to relive time consuming process when logging into the frequently used accounts, give away favorable search results, quicken operations and so on. In case that log-in credential is collected cantankerously, average accounts will be used to spread vicious codes, and back account can be emptied out within a split second.

Recommendation is to remove Cool Web Search malware including Adware.CoolWebSearch and coolwebsearch.com as soon as possible, not only for computer health but also information security. Please follow the instruction offered below by VilmaTech Online Support. On the occurrence of difficulty due to deficient computer knowledge, please do feel free to live chat with security adviser here.

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Remove Cool Web Search Malware – Adware.CoolWebSearch and Coolwebsearch.com from Windows and Mac OS X

Step1. remove extensions of Cool Web Search malware from browser settings.

Internet Explorer

  • Hit its Tools menu and click open Manage add-ons window.
  • Navigate to ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and ‘Search Providers’ respectively to remove Adware.CoolWebSearch’s extension and Coolwebsearch.com.
    remove coolwebsearch malware's extension on IE

 
Mozilla Firefox

  • Hit its Tools menu to click open Options.
  • Navigate to ‘Add-ons’ and ‘plugins’ respectively to remove Adware.CoolWebSearch’s extension and Coolwebsearch.com.
    remove coolwebsearch malware's extension on Firefox

 
Google Chrome

  • Click on the spanner icon and click open “Tools”.
  • Navigate to ‘Extensions’ to remove Adware.CoolWebSearch’s extension.
  • Then click on “Settings” on the right pane to remove coolwebsearch.com by entering “Manage search engine” on the left pane.
    remove coolwebsearch malware's extension on Chrome

 
Opera

  • Hit Opera’s menu to hover mouse over “settings” and select “Preference”.
  • Tap its Search tab to remove coolwebsearch.com.
  • Go to Opera menu again and select Extensions.
  • Click Manage Extensions to remove Adware.CoolWebSearch’s extension.
    remove coolwebsearch malware's extension on Opera

 
Safari

  • Hit Safari Menu and click open Preferences.
  • Navigate to extensions tab to remove Adware.CoolWebSearch’s extension.
  • Hit Safari Menu again to hover mouse over “Help” and select Installed Plug.
  • Click open Ins & list to remove coolwebsearch.com.
    remove coolwebsearch malware's extension on Mac

 
 
Step2. restore homepage from Coolwebsearch.com.

Internet Explorer

  • Hit its Tools menu and click open Manage add-ons window.
  • Navigate to ‘Search Providers’ and select the desired search engine as your default homepage.
  • Press “Set as Default” button.
    restore homepage from coolwebsearch.com on IE

 
Mozilla Firefox

  • Hit its Tools menu to click open Options.
  • Navigate to General tab and type your favorite homepage URL in ‘Home Page’.
    restore homepage from coolwebsearch.com on Firefox

 
Google Chrome

  • Click on the spanner icon and click open “Options”.
  • Locate Basic section on the right pane and put in desired URL in Home page blank.
    restore homepage from coolwebsearch.com on Chrome

 
Opera

  • Hit Opera’s menu to hover mouse over “settings” and select “Preference”.
  • Tap its General tab to locate “Home page” and set your desired search engine.
    restore homepage from coolwebsearch.com on Opera

 
Safari

  • Hit Safari Menu and click open Preferences.
  • Navigate to “General” tab and select desired search engine for “Default search engine”.
    restore homepage from coolwebsearch.com on Mac

 
 
Step3. go to Registry Editor to remove Cool Web Search malware’s startup items and other associated entries.

For Windows users

  • Navigate to the following entries respectively to find suspicious key value started with “Run” and delete accordingly.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders Startup=”C:\windows\start menu\programs\startup

  • Remove the following entries related to Cool Web Search malwar:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{1362ada1-eb60-456a-b6e1-118050db741b}
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{1362ada1-eb60-456a-b6e1-118050db741b}
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{1362ada1-eb60-456a-b6e1-118050db741b}
HKLM\system\currentcontrolset\enum\root\LEGACY_ZESOFT
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\IEHlprObj.IEHlprObj

 
For Mac OS X users
There isn’t a Registry Editor in the Mac like in Windows to change settings. However, one could remove Cool Web Search malware’s startup items from startup section and remove Cool Web Search malware from “/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences”, /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ and ~/Library (in home folder)/Internet Plug-Ins/.

Remove Cool Web Search malware’s startup items on Mac

  • Hit Apple icon and choose ‘System Preference’.
  • Navigate to ‘Users & Groups’ and choose the user account harassed by Cool Web Search malware.
  • Tick the vicious items generated by Cool Web Search malware and hit on minus icon to complete the startup removal session.
    remove coolwebsearch's startup on Mac

 
Remove other Cool Web Search malware items from Mac

  • Hit “Go” menu and choose Library to remove other Cool Web Search malware items.
    go to library and remove coolwebsearch malware on Mac
  • Open the hard disk icon to open your home folder and to finally access Library folder for the removal of other Cool Web Search malware items.
    go to Home library to remove coolwebsearch malware on Mac

 
 
Step4. remove all temp files so as to eradicate the temp files produced by Cool Web Search malware.

For Windows users

  • Hold down Win key and R key together to bring up Run box.
    use win+r key to remove all temp files generated by coolwebsearch malware
  • Put in “%Temp%” and hit Enter key will show you temp files.
  • Remove them all.

 
For Mac OS X users

  • Open finder window from Finder launchpad icon and to access “Applications”.
  • Enable “Terminal” in the Utilities folder there and enter the following command:
    access Mac's Terminal to remove all temp files generated by coolwebsearch malware

    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly

  • press the “Return” key to delete all temporary file present on your Mac.
  • Type your administrator password (if any) and press the “Return” key again to launch the execution.
  • Wait for the Terminal cursor to reappear and quit the Terminal application to finish.

 
 

Defragment after Cool Web Search Malware Removal

Defragment is recommended after removing Cool Web Search malware with the above offered instruction to optimize PC performance as the malware stay could have generated some more files or split up some data during its operation. Since few people know about how to defrag in Windows 8, the video is attached herein to show how.

 
 

Conclusion on Cool Web Search Malware

Cool Web Search malware refers to both adware.coolwebsearch and coolwebsearch.com. They were created to intercept as much traffic as possible and cheat in SEO ranking for some loosely programmed web sites. With ActiveX, Applet, BHO and JavaScript technologies, Cool Web Search malware manages to make itself active for nearly a decade and thus has attracted many cooperators. This is the reason for additional pop-up ads and some unauthorized installation of third-party programs.

As web applications, adware.coolwebsearch and coolwebsearch.com can be well prevented if one follows good PC practice online and use extra carefulness:

  1. Do not visit unknown web sites and the sites with numbers of pop-up ads.
  2. Pay attention to bundling items when trying to install a third-party program.
  3. Do remember that freeware and shareware have been found to be source of advertisements in most cases.
  4. Install website monitor, Firewall to help filter junk sites and sites with sensitive content so as to decrease the possibility to be harassed by adware.coolwebsearch or coolwebsearch.com.

The above instruction has been tested for multiple times to be effective in removing Cool Web Search malware. However, failure can also be foreseeable if extra items/infections had wormed into the target system. If it is the case, it is advisable to contact recommended PC Security Center to find solution accordingly or get on-demand help for quick and complete fix.

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