Do-search.com Virus - How To Remove?

 

Do-search.com is a very old browser hijacker (ComputerHope). Its activity continues since 2013 and does not plan to conclude anytime soon. Nearly half of web traffic to this website is generated by people from Brazil. In this country, the rogue search platform continues to stand in the 35,414th position. It is also popular in Japan, United States, Poland and Vietnam. We found several comments of former victims of this search engine. Take a look at their feedback:

Site associated with a browser hijacker app. Suggest that everyone stay clear.

This website continues to appear in my browser when I will start it no matter what I will do!

Shady search engine, browser hijacked by adware / PUP.

Do-search.com virus

However, this is not the only browser hijacker that these developers have introduced. Nationzoom.com is yet another rogue search platform from 2013. In addition to this one, Isearch.omiga-plus.com is also hosted on the same IP address as Do-search.com virus. Surprisingly, the list of related search engines continues. iStartsurf.com is also believed to be associated with Do-search.com hijacker.

Over the years, the appearance of this browser hijacker changed. It use to have a unique interface, but after one of the updates, it became identical to many other search platforms. Smott Technology Limited company was indicated as the owner of Do-search.com redirect virus.

However, now this information is not presented nor in the EULA nor in the Privacy Policy. Rack-search.com looks exactly the same as the renewed version of Do-search.com. You can find out how it looks in the picture above. However, its classification as a malware sample remains accurate and it can be a real threat to Internet surfers if they are not careful (WebRoot).

More about Do-search.com computer virus

Do-search.com virus is a browser hijacker that was programmed to increase traffic of particular websites by redirecting end users to them. The program is installed to computers bundled to installers of free software. Such sneaky infiltration is a popular way to distribute potentially unwanted applications to random computers. To avoid Do-search.com virus and other similar tools, you should always keep an eye on your downloads and never install anything that you do not have enough information about. This exact browser hijacker is a piece from Smott Technology Limited company.

do-search-com-virus

Do-search.com virus can be installed to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. Once there, it changes their settings to the ones of its own and does not let you reset them. The program replaces your homepage and default search provider with Do-search.com. Your search results will now be given by Yahoo Search. The problem is that it mainly includes sponsored websites in your search results and it is nothing like a normal search using Yahoo.

Additionally, Do-search.com virus causes redirections to various sponsored websites and basically makes your browsing very complicated. Because of all these consequences and techniques it uses to infiltrate into computers, the program is considered to be a potentially unwanted one. It is highly recommended to remove Do-search.com virus from your browser immediately after detecting it on your system.

Do-search.com virus is not a new example of hijacker but rather is an older model. 2013 was the year that we first received complaints about this searching facility, starting to open up as users’ home pages, default search providers and new tab pages. Such shift is done, without a doubt, by browser hijackers that are attempting to make their domains your central destination for retrieval of information. However, you should not use the search box in Do-search.com virus. It is very likely that you will end up in an unknown domain which will seem like a unexplored territory. Even if it seems so, do not go around starting to see all of the elements of the advertised websites. At some cases they might be malware-laden.

In 2016, the appearance of Do-search.com virus has been influenced, we think, for the worse. Back in its former years it at least seemed original, but now, the page that opens up is similar if not identical to the ones that we have already seen before. It seems to have lost its logo and other elements that made it more interesting for us to analyze.

First, you will have to delete Do-search.com virus and related programs from Control Panel and browser plugins. We recommend uninstalling ALL applications installed on the same date as problems have appeared. Scan withReimage as it identify such programs quite well. You should also check browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If you do not see Do-search.com listed, you should use antimalware tools and scan your computer with it. Uninstalling the program from your computer doesn’t change your search providers, it only stops ads appearing on your computer. You will have to do it manually by yourself. Depending on the browser you are using, choose the instructions provided below.

Here is a full guide how to remove Do-search.com virus:



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Manual removal of Do-search.com virus

How to remove Do-search.com virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Do-search.com virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Do-search.com virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Do-search.com virus from your browsers

  Top Remove shortcut hijack (all browsers) (optional): If your browser opens Do-search.com virus page on startup only, try this:

  • Right click on your browser icon. Choose Properties;
    Shortcut properties
  • Open Short cut tab;
    Remove url
  • Delete Do-search.com virus part from target field.

  Top How To remove Do-search.com virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Do-search.com virus , reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Do-search.com virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Do-search.com virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Do-search.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Do-search.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Do-search.com virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Do-search.com virus from the list.

How to remove Do-search.com virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Do-search.com virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Do-search.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Do-search.com virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Do-search.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Do-search.com virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Do-search.com virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Do-search.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Do-search.com virus , such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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November 14, 2013 09:06, September 8, 2017 06:52
 
   
 

2 thoughts on “Do-search.com virus

2 Comments
  1. I removed it from Control Panel, I reset my browser settings, but do-search still appears as my homepage when I click Home.

  2. I was always convinced that it is not necessary to have an antivirus program. So, I did not. Well that was until my computer became filled with ads that even an ad-blocker could not stop and my browser became obsessed with do-search.com. I researched about it but since I know nothing about computers, I decided to use Hitman. Actually, everything turned out better that expected. My computer was infected by something called alibaba.com pop-up and this do-search hijacker. Thank you for recommending Hitman and changing my attitude!

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