I’ve apparently picked up “Defaultsear.ch” Redirect Virus despite my Kaspersky Internet Security Program and Windows Firewall.  I’ve tried to Regedit according to the instructions but can’t find the registry items listed. What is the best way to resolve this big problem?

How to Remove Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus?

The Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus is a browser hijacker that downloads onto the computer and changes the settings for the Internet browsers, forcing them to redirect to the its homepage. The webpage is a very simple layout with a search bar in the middle of the page and effects the Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox) and many users might not even identify that it is not their typical default homepage when they open up the Internet browser. It is designed to be promoted using free software downloads which is bundled with unwanted applications. If the user has installed the so called legitimate software then you will be redirected to this website were caused by a free software called Privitize VPN. Since this is a threat that changes your search engine, it is recommended to eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer immediately.

Like we mentioned above, this redirect thing is created by hackers. They are able to make money based on the large number of users that are infected with this toolbar hijacker each and every day. If they are able to infect millions of computers with this redirect virus there will be a very good chance that thousands of those individuals will end up clicking on some of the advertisements. You are probably wondering how this gets installed on a users computer, and there is one simple way that they are able to do this. The Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus is installed along with popular free software downloads, because the hackers hide this redirect inside the other downloads.

This hijacker has been developed for the sole purpose of making money from advertisers that compensate each time their ads are clicked on. When the user opens up their browser, whether it is Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer, they are automatically directed to the search engine page called Defaultsear.ch (also known as Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus). Generally speaking, this page looks like the regular search engine that the users would typically be surfing on, but when they attempt to do a search they are changed to pages that do not contain information as they expected. Instead, these search results are filled with advertisements and pop up ads that compensate the website owner each time they are clicked on. The Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus has been developed to make money for the hackers behind it. Just delete it away from the infected computer once picked up.

Note: Can’t get rid of this redirect thing? If you don’t have much experience in dealing with redirect virus, Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for removal assistance .

Defaultsear.ch Screenshot


How did you get Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus on your computer? Most users will simply click the download confirmation to install the program that they are interested in without reading all of the details, terms and conditions. They assume that all of the information that they are agreeing to has to do with the program that they downloaded, and they are not aware that there is a browser hijacking toolbar that is also being installed. When a user selects the “suggested” installation method these add ons will automatically install on the computer. Always select the manual or custom option, as it will require the user approves each and every program being installed, and never install a program that you are not familiar with.

Manual Removal Step by Step Instructions

Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the redirect thing. 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.

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 this Defaultsear.ch browser hijacker in Registry Editor as below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableRegedit”

Step E: Change home page back from this unwanted site on targeted browsers.

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The Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus is a threat that makes harm to the computer, it is important to remove it right away. The pop up ads from the redirect thing that has the ability to slow down the operation of the computer, and if this is not addressed it can take up all of the memory and cause a crash. Simply uninstalling the browser hijacker will not change the browser back to normal and those will need to be changed back manually. The instructions above will guide the user and show them how to switch back to one of their preferred search engines: Google, Bing, or Yahoo. But the guide is for advanced users, if you don’t know which process to deal with, you have better consult with computer repair experts for tech assistance.

Kindly Reminder: Failed to deal with the redirect virus? Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts to help you to remove Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus completely.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on July 2, 2013 3:27 am

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