Searchou.com Redirect Description
Searchou.com is a web site out of thousands that you may have come across the other day while surfing online. Most of us consider it as a common web site which contains a search engine on it. However, this special domain can be hacked by computer attackers and turned into a browser redirect issue that’s been annoyed lots of computer users from all over the world. Similar to the Search.smartaddressbar.com redirect, this Searchou.com plays the same trick here to fool computer users. Once you start online activities from this unfamiliar URL, your online actions will be recorded by this browser redirect and be sent to PC attackers for benefits! Hence, it’s better off without this Searchou.com redirect on your browser(s).
Wondered where you picked up this unwanted browser redirect? This unwanted Searchou.com redirect is believed to be able to come bundled with other unfriendly programs, infected mail attachments or porn movies ect. Do not think that it is safe to still surf those porn and forbidden web sites with an antivirus software installed on the computer. This is not a right concept. Because viruses that are specially created by computer hackers with certain purposes are not afraid of these PC protection programs. As a matter of fact, they can bypass many of these programs and sneak into the vulnerable systems without permission from the PC owners.
Once Searchou.com redirect is successfully installed, it will show up on your browser as a new home page. You cannot change the home page to other sites because every time you do so, this special site will pop up automatically. By doing that, it’s forcing you to start online activities with its search engine. However, it is believed that many of the results given by this search engine are associated with hackers. There may be many other viruses including Trojans and malware hidden beneath those sites waiting for their chances to infect your computer. Also, once you are online with this Searchou.com, you will experience being redirected to unwanted sites all the time. If this browser redirect has stayed for a while, it could even cut you off from the internet every once in a while. These will be the consequences you are about to experience if your computer is infected by this Searchou.com redirect.
A Screen Shot of This Searchou Domain
Step-by-step Manual Removal Guide
Below are some steps given to help you remove this Searchou.com redirect manually. Due to the fact that this browser hijacker can change as time goes by, expertise will be needed during the manual removal to go through many locations and check, define and delete. Hence, it’s better to do a backup of important personal files beforehand. A flash drive or external hard drive will be needed for the backup.
Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the Searchou.com search engine. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager.
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 associating files and registry entries of Searchou.com Redirect virus in Registry Editor as below:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit” = “”.exe.dll
Step E: Change home page URL back from Searchou.com redirect domain.
Video on how to remove Searchou redirect virus:
Even though Searchou.com redirect domain looks like a common web site, it still has some characters that are different from other real web sites. Knowing them will be able to help us recognize this browser redirect as soon as possible. First of all, a common web site won’t automatically change your home page address but a browser redirect will; and you won’t be able to change it easily. Second of all, if you are surfing online from a common search engine, you will be able to get what you want and sign in web sites you want to be; but a browser redirect will block you from accessing to these web sites and will redirect you to its associating web pages. In these unwanted web sites, there could be many pop ups to disturb your online searching. From these several main characters of a browser hijacker, we can realize if it’s a browser redirect once we get an unknown web site like this Searchou.com. After realizing it’s a browser redirect, one should try to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Note: Still having problems with Searchou virus after spending the whole day to fix the problem? Have no clue on how to get rid of this unwanted site as it changes fast? Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts now to save your computer from all the troubles and future consequences.
Published by Karen Lawrence & last updated on April 12, 2013 1:25 am