Default-Search.net Virus Removal (+what to do if it keeps coming back)


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This page aims to help you remove Default-Search.net Virus. These Default-Search.net Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Want to get rid of all those annoying ads, page redirects and the strange changes in your browser? Then, this is the place to be. You have probably been invaded by a browser hijacker called Default-Search.net Virus, who has suddenly replaced your homepage, installed a new search engine or a toolbar and has totally taken over your Chrome or Firefox, or any other browsing program that you are using.  Luckily, you can easily uninstall this annoying piece of software and all of its modifications. The best is that you don’t need to call a specialist for that. Just below this article, there is a removal guide, which has all the detailed instructions on how to remove Default-Search.net Virus. You only need to follow it closely to detect and delete all of its related files. This will save you from the invasive ads and the browser changes once and for all. But first, we suggest you read the paragraphs that follow. You will find some very useful information there, concerning the typical traits of the browser hijackers, the places where they commonly lurk and the most effective way to keep them far from your system in the future.

Let’s gain some more understanding about browser hijackers!

Having a general idea about the software that you are going to deal with is the first thing you should do. Browser hijackers, for example, are a type of software, which commonly tends to panic the people. Usually, the moment they see some strange changes in their browser settings, constant page redirects and dozens of aggressively popping ads, bombarding their screen, many users may first think of a virus infection. It is very common that software of this type, especially intrusive browser hijackers like Default-Search.net Virus, get mistaken for a virus or some nasty malware.

Fortunately, this is very wrong assumption. Browser hijackers are not a harmful type of software. These programs have not been developed to perform anything malicious on your PC, and unlike Trojans, Ransomware or computer viruses, they will not pose security threat to your system. What programs like Default-Search.net Virus are primary developed for is advertising, so the only thing they can do is to expose you to all sorts of advertisements, sponsored messages, promotional websites and different services and products.

You still need to be cautious with this software, though…

Yes, programs like Default-Search.net Virus are relatively safe and you should not panic about them because they won’t corrupt your system or encrypt your files the way that a creepy Ransomware virus would do. However, these browser hijackers can be incredibly nagging. Security experts also refer to them as potentially unwanted since they may really interfere with the users’ normal browsing activity and cause some other undesirable consequences. The most obvious are the unauthorized modifications in the browser’s homepage or search engine and the unstoppable page redirects that programs like Default-Search.net Virus may initiate. Frequent crashes, screen freezing, and system sluggishness are also part of the negative effects of browser hijackers on the computer. Other questionable activity, used by these programs is data tracking. They may collect information about the users’ browsing and transmit it to different vendors, marketers or advertisers for analysis. Sounds like a bit of a privacy invasion, doesn’t it? If you don’t want to be tracked, though, you have all the right to remove this type of software from your machine.

Keeping browser hijackers away…

Even if you uninstall Default-Search.net Virus now, this doesn’t guarantee you won’t catch some other similar program again. These pieces of software are commonly found on the web, especially on different free software platforms, shareware, automatic installers, spam, or bundles of some other attractive applications and programs. That’s why learning how to prevent them from getting inside your system is essential. All you need is to carefully read the EULA of each new software that you intend to install on your PC. If that is too long and boring for you, then you can at least customize the setup by using the Custom/Advanced/Manual option, when available. Doing this will reveal all the programs that a given bundle contains. Then, you can easily disable the ones you don’t wish to be installed on your PC. If you make it a habit of installing new software this way, you may even save your system from some tricky and nasty threats like viruses and Trojans, which may also be using a software bundle as a transmitter.

SUMMARY:

Name Default-Search.net
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Annoying ads, page redirects and strange changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine.
Distribution Method  Free software platforms, shareware, automatic installers, spam, or bundles of some other attractive applications and programs.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Default-Search.net Virus Removal


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Default-Search.net Virus successfully!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Default-Search.net Virus from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Default-Search.net Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Default-Search.net Virus from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!