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Distribution of

It is learned from the reports by victims that they saw hijacking default homepage, web search and search results all of a sudden without doing anything out of ordinary such as downloading freeware/ shareware. Therefore, we herein introduce the dissemination routines of search redirect virus for wide range of PC users to get better knowledge about it so as to prevent from its infiltration effectively. The most commonly seen way for virus to affect a computer is that it piggybacks on programs. Therefore, it is not advisable to adopt recommended install option. One should always give priority to custom install. If one was not downloading and installing programs to be infected with, one may get it when:

▲ Clicking open links contained in email or instant messages sent by contacts that were infected with virus;

▲ Streaming videos, especially pornographic ones on either reliable source or otherwise unknown source;

▲ Accidently clicking on advertisement or underlined in-text words leading to sites that are inter-traffic partners with search redirect virus;

▲ One are already affected by toolbar that collaborates with search redirect virus.

Detailed Analysis of

Websearch.searchere is identified as a browser malware that loads down its codes without typical virus files and extensions in a target computer. is another websearch virus apart from that substitutes search engine, web search, default start up page and even toolbar with its interface. Such kind of browser malware cannot be usually found in Control Panel and is out of the detection range by anti-virus programs. Therefore, some affected computer users do not attach attention to such replacement and keep using the viral search engine. When in, copies itself to running processes, startup section, database and so on so as to make sure that it will take PC users to its preferable sites when each query is made. By doing so, the spammer behind search redirect virus manages to gain huge profit out of it. What requires one’s close attention is that the random changes to configurations by can result in a backdoor which can be easily taken advantage by tracking cookies to collect information stored on the computer and on the sites one visited and can also be exploited by other deadly virus. In such case, there should not be any hesitation in removing virus.

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How to Remove Search Redirect Virus

StepⅠ. Manually manage browser settings to remove virus.

– IE

> Go to Tools.

> Select Internet option at the bottom of the drop down list.

> Select General tab to

→ empty browse history.

→ ‘Search’ section will bring you to ‘Manage Add-on’ window > check ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and then ‘Search    Providers.

→ ‘Tabs’ section brings to ‘Tabbed Browsing Settings’ > untick ‘Always switch to new tabs when they are created’ > press ‘OK’.

> Go to Privacy tab to turn on ‘Popup Blocker’ if one is unfortunately plagued by pop-up ads therefrom.

–  Google Chrome

> Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon.

> Select ‘Settings’.

> Manage ‘Extension’.

> Select ‘manage search engine’ to make reputable search engine your homepage.

– Mozilla Firefox

> At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu.

> Manage Add-ons.

> Modification should be made under Extensions tab and Plugins tab respectively.

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StepⅡ. Disable startup items to remove virus.

–  Windows 8

Start screen -> type ‘Task’ -> hit Startup tab -> find and select’s startup item -> press Disable to remove virus.

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– Windows 7/XP/Vista

Start Menu -> select ‘Run’ -> type ‘MSCONFIG’ -> hit Startup tab -> find and select’s startup item -> press Disable all to remove virus.

StepⅢ. Show hidden files and folders to remove thoroughly.

–  Windows 8

Start Screen -> open My Computer -> open Windows Explorer -> select View tab -> tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options -> find and delete related items to remove search redirect virus in C Drive.

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–  Windows 7/XP/Vista

Start menu -> open ‘Control Panel’ -> search for ‘Folder Options’ -> hit View tab -> tick ‘Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ -> press ‘OK’ -> find and delete related items to remove search redirect virus in C Drive.

Conclusion:’s hijacking can impose potential dangers to a target computer as it will take PC users to unrelated search results, making the PC user more likely to visit poisoned sites; the backdoor made by can result in additional installations of various virus without users’ knowledge; tracking cookies would much probably trigger endless pop-up advertisements after the collected information resold to wide range of spammers. Do not hesitate to remove even when it doesn’t seem to post harms to the target computer. Take the fact that search redirect virus cannot be detect and delete by anti-virus programs, it is recommended to adopt manual approach. The above steps are tested to be applicable to all walks of life and efficient. One doesn’t need to be that well technically equipped as required by Combofix and other help tools used by professionals. Please assure that there is no other virus to help survive and no leftovers after finishing the above given steps. Finally, to reiterate here, be always prudent online.

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