Hello, what can I do with this Search.smacklek.com? It is on my roommate’s computer, and I just borrow her computer to search some subject to finish my homework, but I don’t know how this infection hijacks my friend’s web browser. After 30 mins later, my roommate will come back after class. I don’t want her to know this bad news, can you help me get out of this hijacker infection? I want this completely to be kicked off of my roommate’s computer.

Brief Description of Search.smacklek.com Hijacker

Search.smacklek.com is categorized as a browser hijacker to attack different kinds of web browser like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox and so on. When this browser hijacker gets on your computer, it will soon change the default settings of web browser. The homepage and search tool will be totally changed to be this page and you are even not allowed to change back what you want. You look up thing with this page and type what you want to search on the search bar, then you will find that you’re actually redirected to another strange links or pages that you don’t want.  Search.smacklek.com hijacker will not give you the correct search results to what you question. And besides, this browser hijacker will keep popping up different ads on the web pages you’re browsing, which will definitely interrupt you a lot to view what you like. And pop-ups will take up too much internet resources. And then the Internet speed will be slow soon. Webpage is hard to load up. You will see “This page can’t be displayed” or “This webpage is not available”. You will have to try many times to try to open the webpage you need. Search.smacklek.com infection also creates many junks in system to occupy system capacity, which will slow down computer performance.

Search.smacklek.com hijacker is also a big threat to your personal information safety. It can spy on what you do on the internet and record what you input on the internet. And then it sends those important data to remote hackers. Remote hackers will use it illegally or sell it for illegal money. To keep this browser hijacker from getting on your computer, please keep cautious to what you perform on the internet as the browser hijacker or other malware or virus is actually spread online. For example, cyber hackers will put this Search.smacklek.com hijacker into unsafe website that is actually created by the cyber hackers. Cyber hacker insert the files or browser hijacker into the website controlled by them, and then when people visit those websites, the infection will pop up in different forms like flash pictures, video or fake message banner and so on. If innocent people click on anything popping up, then the infection will drop into computer. Besides, it also can be added into software installation package.  While people download the software they need, this Search.smacklek.com infection will also get installed into system. Therefore, you should be careful with what you do on the Internet as this infection or other malware will be distributed via many other ways online.

Main Symptoms of Search.smacklek.com Hijacker

-Can change your homepage or the default search engine and it totally prevents you from changing them back

-Can always redirect you to other websites

-Can pop up various advertisements and sponsored links randomly to interrupt your online activities

-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive

-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.

-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.

-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of browser hijacker.

NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Search.smacklek.com hijacker. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker for you.

The Screenshot of Search.smacklek.com Hijacker

Search.smacklek.com

Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of browser hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Press CTRL, SHIFT and ESC  these three keys together at the same time to pull up Windows Task Manager; click Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find and end odd processes related to this Search.smacklek.com hijacker. Names of the processes are random.

Windows Task Manager

Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start Menu, then open Programs, click on Uninstall a program. Find suspicious programs or tool-bars related to the Search.smacklek.com hijacker. Right click on it and select Uninstall.

Programs and Features

Step 3: Go to Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then mark “Show hidden files, folders, and drivers” and unmark “Hide protected operating system files” (Recommended) and then click Apply or OK.

Folder Options

Step 4: Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the Search.smacklek.com browser hijacker.

Registry Editor

Step 5: Clear all history, data and cookies of your infected web browser.

Browser hijacker has the ability to insert into web browser and spy on user’s online activities, so it is suggested to delete all history, data and cookies of the infected web browser before a complete removal. Take Internet Explorer for example:

a. From the “Tool” menu button in the upper-right corner of the Internet Explorer window, choose “Safety” > “Delete browsing history…“.

Delete Browsing History 1

b. Then tick Cookie and website data and History, click Delete.

Delete Browsing History

Step 6: Change your homepage of the infected web browser (Take Internet Explorer as Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools menu and select Internet Options, then click General tab, and input the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK.

Homepage

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Conclusion:

Search.smacklek.com hijacker is a harmful redirect infection to the computer. It changes the homepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data like online banking details, credit card or paypal account information or your business data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Those pop-ups it creates will take up too much Internet resources and slow down Internet speed. The webpage will be hard to load up and even can’t be open after you have tried many times to open the webpage you need. in system, many unwanted junk files will be produced to occupy the rest of system capacity. Even thought at the beginning this redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms or payware, this Search.smacklek.com redirect also has the ability to bring those harmful viruses to attack computer system, which will greatly slow down PC performance and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of Search.smacklek.com hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Leo R. Oscar & last updated on April 22, 2016 2:43 am

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