I get this SerfSearch.com on my IE 8. It is very stubborn, as it cannot be found in control panel. I want to uninstall it by resetting the web browser, but it is still there. It seems very nasty and I don’t know how to continue to remove it. The antivirus program cannot detect it also. It frustrates me a lot by displaying endless pop ups.  What can I do now? Can you guys help me out?

Description of SerfSearch.com Hijacker

SerfSearch.com is classified as a browser hijacker and it mainly attacks web browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and so on. This SerfSearch.com hijacker will control the web browser by changing the homepage and search tool. Once the settings of web browser is changed, you will not change it back. Whatever you want to search via this search tool will not show up correctly. The search result is not related with what you look up. But instead you will be redirected to malicious sites or links. Where it redirects you is also infected with other infections. If you open or click things from those malicious sites, the other infections will drop on computer. So when you get this SerfSearch.com hijacker, you will find there are other threats messing up the computer meanwhile.  With coming of this browser hijacker, the computer will run slow. It will take a long time to open browser, even the browser will crash down when you open more tabs at the same time. This is because this SerfSearch.com hijacker together with other threats takes up more system capacity and Internet resource. Gradually, this browser hijacker and other infections will severely damage system. Therefore, please remove this hijacker as soon as possible.

SerfSearch.com hijacker is usually from the Internet, as cyber criminals usually distribute it on the Internet. This browser hijacker will be added on malicious sites, attached into free software, popular shareware, inserted into spam email or strange links and so on. When you surf on the Internet, you need to be careful with those malicious and suspicious things. When you click on something from those sites, this SerfSearch.com infection or suspicious add-on, plugin or toolbar will soon drop on your computer. Therefore, don’t open those sites. If carelessly or accidentally open it, please close it soon. Also when you download programs, please pay attention to the installation procedure. The SerfSearch.com infection may be inserted into those free software from unlicensed resources. You had better choose advanced installation to check if there is another suspicious and unwanted app attached into the installation. If you find suspicious things, please unmark its installation options to block it out of your computer. In a word, this SerfSearch.com hijacker is heavily spread online and can get on targeted computer via many other ways. What you should do is to keep an eye on whatever you browse. Don’t click on anything suspicious to introduce this nasty browser hijacker.

Main Traits of SerfSearch.com Hijacker

-Can change your homepage or the default search engine to SerfSearch.com 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 this SerfSearch.com hijacker.

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

The Screenshot of SerfSearch.com Hijacker

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Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of SerfSearch.com 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: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this SerfSearch.com hijacker, the name of the process of it is random.

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Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

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Step 3: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel

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Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs

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Then try to find the program which relates to SerfSearch.com hijacker, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.

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Step4: Change your homepage in your browser (Take Internet Explorer as an Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options.

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Then type the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK

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Conclusion:

SerfSearch.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 and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Don’t think this SerfSearch.com redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms, since this SerfSearch.com redirect can also bring those harmful viruses to infect the computer, which will greatly slow down PC 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 SerfSearch.com hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Leo R. Oscar & last updated on June 22, 2015 4:34 pm

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