This page aims to help you remove Dozen Search “Virus”. These Dozen Search “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
My browser behaves weirdly and has ads all over it – is this a virus?
Browser ads can be caused by various reasons. However, there’s no need to worry because in the majority of cases the reason is not a virus or some other kind of malicious program. First of all, we need to make it clear that online ads are often integrated within the websites themselves. It’s just that some pages’ ads are more intrusive and annoying than others and that makes it seem like there’s something wrong with your PC. Nonetheless, if there are obstructive pop-ups and banners on every webpage that you open, then you probably have had an adware type of program installed on your machine. The Dozen Search “Virus” is such a program – it is a newly released browser add-on, which falls under the category of adware programs. Since most of them are pretty similar to one another, what applies for the Dozen Search “Virus” will apply for other adware as well.
How bad is the Dozen Search “Virus”?
Firstly, we need to make it clear that these programs are not viruses. Unlike malicious software like Trojan Horses or Ransomware, adware are fairly harmless. All they do is generate those annoying ads, that prevent you from effectively using your browser. However, know that some of the ads might actually be potentially dangerous. There’s a possibility that, by clicking on any of the pop-ups, you may get redirected to some illegal and harmful website. It is also possible that another unwanted program might start downloading itself onto your PC. Page redirects caused by the adware may even occur without you doing anything. If you see this happening, make sure that you quickly close the newly opened page. Do not interact with the contents of those pages – no need to risk your PC’s security. Besides, those pages hardly ever have anything useful for you.
What’s the purpose of the Dozen Search “Virus”?
For the most part, adware programs are used to gain revenue for their developers. This is done via the pay-per-click method. The more adds users click on, the greater the revenue. There are some of them that could even track your browsing history. This may sound illegal and harmful, but worry not – the adware usually cannot access any important data. Besides, the main reason for the tracking of your browser activity is so that the intrusive program can customize the ads, banners and box messages it displays, according to your preferences. It is true that some of the more aggressive adware add-ons may sell the data acquired from your browser but, again, there’s hardly ever any essential information that they can access.
Dealing with Dozen Search
With all of that being said, it should be obvious why Dozen Search is considered a unwanted program and should be removed from your computer as soon as you notice its presence. Below this article, we’ve provided you with a guide on how to have the intrusive software uninstalled and removed from your PC. However, before we get to it, there’s some more important information, that you should know about the unwanted program – namely how it gets in your system and how to prevent this from happening in the future.
There are many distribution methods for adware programs: illegal torrents, file-sharing sites, spam e-mails etc. Sometimes annoying add-ons are even pre-installed onto the machine, so that when you buy a new PC, it is already filled with various programs (possibly adware) that in many cases have no real use. However, the most effective and widely-spread method remains the file-bundling. When the adware is bundled with a program, it gets installed along that program. We need to make it clear that this is usually a legal method. File-bundling is very common especially among cheaper or free programs. The reason why people fail to prevent the installation of Dozen Search is because they usually go for the regular installation, which installs all added content along the main thing. This is a mistake. Unless you are 100% certain that there’s nothing added to the program you’re attempting to install, always opt for the advanced installation settings. This will give you the opportunity to customize the installation process and choose whether the added contents will get installed along the main program. Find the list with add-ons and uncheck everything that you consider unnecessary or unwanted. This is important to remember since if you often install new programs and always go for the regular installation, your PC will soon get filled with all sorts of useless bloatware, that will significantly reduce the productivity and well-being of your machine.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Opening your browser will result into a ceasless barrage of various intrusive ads all over your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Commonly used methods are spam e-mails, file-sharing sites and software-bundling, with the latter being arguably the most succesful one.|
|Detection Tool||Dozen Search may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Dozen Search Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
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- Do not skip this – Dozen Search may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Dozen Search from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Dozen Search from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Dozen Search from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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