Infected with Searchnet.com Redirect- How to Remove?
Searchnet.com Redirect is a newly released browser hijacker virus which can acts as many its brothers and sisters to cause redirections and pop-ups on an infected computer. It is attached to some packages of free or unknown software and when you install the program, it will be installed at the same time secretly. You have no idea on how and where you get it. But until you are redirected to its domain sites can you realize its existence. Redirection is not the only trouble it gives you. You’ll also get numerous ads popping when you are on a normal site. It is very likely for you to click on those pop ups if you are not careful enough.
Such cases are unbearable if you are doing work on the computer. At first, it looks even quite useful to have those assistant pop ups. However, later on you get bored and finally find out that they are in fact useless and contain potential risks other than useful. This virus is so pesky that it use the pop ups which seem to be helpful to hide its real purpose making chaos and damages to your computer system.
Searchnet.com Redirect seeks out the vulnerable part of the system of the infected computer and put its own files there thus your system work abnormally such as being quite slow or crashing sometimes. What does this virus do in an infected computer? It is making self-replication all the time and your disks space will be reduced greatly as a consequence. Because less space is left for normal system to run, many programs cannot work smoothly and stuck often. Some of them give you no respond. Your personal information is accessible to the virus and your default settings will be changed. The most obvious clues are that your homepage is changed and your wallpaper getting replaced out of nowhere. The incredible things are results of the infection of the virus. Those pages it redirects you to and the pop ups Searchnet.com Redirect gives you are not safe actually. Many hidden threats are behind the pages and links. You have to be very, very cautious if you don’t want to get bigger troubles with computer viruses.
Screenshot of Searchnet.com Virus:
Common Symptoms of Redirect Virus Infection :
1. Your homepage, search provider, desktop backgrounds are changed;
2. Constant pop ups and new tabs of ads occur often;
3. It works badly when you try to run some usual software or programs;
4. Unknown websites are listed in the bookmarks without your intention or notice;
5. Folder options, task manager, registry editing tools are disabled.
6. Advertisements from stranger companies start to appear out of nowhere.
7. The browser behaves unusually such as URL/link redirects will occur.
8. Unwanted and unknown Plug-in/extension or add-ons have been attached to the browsers.
9. Useless shortcuts are on desktop or creepy websites are added to favorites/bookmarks without your knowledge.
How to Remove Searchnet.com Redirect Completely?
Just like how it slipped into a computer system, this virus is enabled to escape from the scan of any anti-virus programs because it pretends to be a normal page and thus the anti-virus will not take it as a virus. The only effective way to find it out and remove it completely is manual removal method which requires quite level of expertise. You can follow the steps below to try to remove this pesky virus (for advanced computer users):
Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the redirect virus. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find.
If it does not work, Click the Start button; click the run option, type taskmgr and press OK. The Windows Task Manager should open.
Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor.
Step D: Delete all these associated files and registry entries with Searchnet.com Redirect in Registry Editor as below(they are randomly named ususally):
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” = ’0′
Step E: Change home pages back from the domain of this redirect virus.
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Summary on Searchnet.com Virus
Categorized as a browser hijacker redirect virus as well as an unwanted adware, Searchnet.com Redirect can be easily ignored by many computer users because of its normal appearance. Many people don’t take it as a serious thing when infected with a browser hijacker virus. However, this virus is just like a seed of a big disaster in computer field. It will download unknown and unsafe programs secretly at back stage from some unsafe websites online. You may find some Trojan virus and think all the weird things are caused by that Trojan and you use your antivirus to remove the Trojan leaving the crime culprit in. It will never be an end if you don’t remove this virus completely. To put an end to the long-time fights with many other viruses you had better get rid of this original one at first.
Note: If you cannot delete this stubborn virus with your own efforts, please contact YooSecurity Online Experts now to get help from professionals and to save the computer as soon as possible.
Published by Michael Myn & last updated on August 7, 2013 10:52 am