How to Remove Search Query Router “Virus” June 2017 Update

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How irritating is this virus?

This page aims to help you remove Search Query Router “Virus”. These Search Query Router “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. You can find our removal guide at the bottom of the article.

The following article has been assembled with the sole intention of helping all the users who have encountered Search Query Router – a version of a browser hijacker. Probably, as a victim of this usually non-hazardous program, you know that it may cause some seriously irritating modifications to all of your browsers. Your Firefox, Explorer and Chrome browsing apps are likely to experience changes to their default search engines and homepages; redirecting processes and some intense production of pop-up ads. However, we are going to share all the details, concerning this kind of software generally, as well as this program – Search Query Router, particularly, below so that you will know how to deal with it in a safe and effective way.

Since we have already briefly explained what you may expect from such a program above, we are now going to add some more characteristic browser hijacker features. For example, many if not all browser hijackers can be programmed to get access to your browser history records. They do that with a strictly advertising purpose; in this way they may be able to distribute only those pop-ups and banners that you will be willing to click on. Also, the possible generation of ads they may provoke could result in a slowdown of your computer, due to the intensive consumption of RAM and CPU. Such an effect happens rarely, though, because it depends on the resources of your particular PC.

Is Search Query Router a legitimate program? Isn’t it a virus?

It is maybe a little surprising, but browser hijackers are generally legal programs. In fact, they are just simple marketing tools, created because of the need to advertise services and products online. Everything they may do, they in fact do with solely promoting purposes. Indeed, we can conclude that there is nothing malicious about Search Query Router because of the great differences between browser hijackers and normal viruses such as Trojans and Ransomware. The main aspects of the typical behavior that differentiate a browser hijacker from Ransomware, for instance, are the following:

  • As you will see below, hijackers never invade a machine on their own. Normally, you are the one who has to authorize the installation of such software, no matter whether you do it willingly or unknowingly.
  • On the contrary, the viruses based on Ransomware are perfectly capable of self-installing on your PC, even without your uninformed permission.
  • What’s more, Ransomware DOES access your entire system, not only the browsers as hijackers do, and could damage a lot of its components.

How your PC may end up catching Search Query Router

While there could be many various sources such as torrents, websites and shareware, there is still one very common source, which could be blamed for the biggest number of infections. This is the process called bundling. Via this process many apps, games, programs like Adware and browser hijackers are mixed, and bundles are created. Usually, these bundles are free and everyone can download them from the web. However, it is not about downloading such a hijacker-containing mixture, it is all about the way you incorporate it into your system.

How to install a bundle in order to avoid being infected by a hijacker

Make sure that you select the right installation feature once you have downloaded and opened the desired bundle. As soon as you see the installation wizard, choose the following features:

  • Either the Advanced one, or the Customized one, which will give you the opportunity to be in control of the entire installation process. In this way you will be able to choose which programs and program features you really need on your computer.

Also, ensure that you make every possible effort to avoid the following features:

  • All the ones marked as Quick, Easy, Automatic or Default. They will not let you control the installation process and you will be very likely to end up annoyed by a hijacker.

How to get rid of Search Query Router

There might be many possibilities; however, we recommend that you choose our Removal Guide below. Via following the instructions there, you will safely and successfully remove this irritating piece of software. When it comes to prevention, installing your software in the proper way, explained above, and simply staying away from the potential sources will help you avoid such disturbing programs.

SUMMARY:

Name Search Query Router
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browsers may change – they may show new homepages; may be producing pop-up ads and might be causing some redirecting.
Distribution Method Many possible sources including software bundles, torrents, spam and infected web pages.
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.

Search Query Router 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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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.

appwiz

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:

msconfig_opt

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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).

browser-hijacker-taskbar-properties

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Search Query Router 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 Search Query Router from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Search Query Router 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!


  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Yes, it sure looks suspicious. You should better remove it and see if the problem is gone. If the issue persits, tell us in the comments and we will provide you with further aid.

     
  • ZatWazNotMedicine

    127.0.0.1 bandicam. com
    127.0.0.1 ssl.bandisoft. com

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Those are most likely coming from the unwanted program. Delete them and save the changes.

       
  • Waffle

    can’t i just delete the files located by SpyHunter?
    Since almost every file i see in the Task Manager doesn’t look suspicious

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Well, since you’ve used the detection tool, go on and delete the files that it has located. If you still have the issue, feel free to write back to us for further assistance.

       
  • Manu Pm

    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com
    plzz help

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Try removing those IP’s because they look like they are coming from the undesirable program.

       
  • mega tails

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    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com
    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com
    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com
    #34.195.153.94 mc.yandex. ru
    #34.195.153.94 top-fwz1.mail. ru
    #34.195.153.94 site.yandex. net
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    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Be sure to remove those IP’s and save the changes to the Hosts file.

       
  • Phae Ongtangco

    Hi, I rebooted my laptop (Windows 10) but when I opened Google Chrome to open this site to use the free online scanner, I can’t connect to the internet even if I chose the fifth option in the reboot page. I can’t scan the files to make sure I don’t delete any necessary files. Thank you in advance! This virus has been on my laptop for too long.

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Here is what I want you to try in order to fix this. Open the Start Menu and type cmd. Right-click on the first search result and select Run as Administrator. When the command line opens, type in the following line and hit enter: netsh winsock reset . Now, see if the issue is fixed. Remember, if you need any additional support, you can always tell contact us in the comments.

       
    • Santi Rahayu

      try to go to network setting, select proxy setting, if u find proxy script delete it. n turn off the proxy. it works in mine without any delete or uninstall anything.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    How did you remove them in the first place?

     
  • steven

    137.74.166.76 authserver. mojang. com
    137.74.166.76 sessionserver .mojang. com

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      The IP’s that you’ve send us look shady and should e removed from your Hosts file.

       
  • Manoj

    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019. com
    127.0.0.1 keystone.mwbsys. com
    127.0.0.1 sirius.mwbsys. com
    127.0.0.1 bactem.mwbsys. com

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi, you need to delete those IP’s and save the changes to the Hosts file.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Make sure to remove all of those and save the changes to the Hosts file. Those IP’s are certainly coming from the unwanted software.

     
  • aanchal

    # ::1 localhost

    I can see this is this suspisious ?

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      No, this is okay and should not be removed.

       
  • Arunima A

    can you help me i followed all the steps but there were no suspicious process in the task manager , there was no suspicious program i could uninstall , after typing msconfig none had a suspicious or unknown manufacturer ,in the step 4 no ips were there after local host ,no rogue dns and i have already removed the extra from all the shortcuts then why am i still getting query router or launchpage. org.
    and also i have a tool called malwarebytes installed

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Did you check the Registry Editor for any shady keys as described in the final step of the guide?

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You simply delete them as you would normally delete text from a text file. Then you have to save the changes to the Hosts file by clicking on File > Save.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Yes, those need to be removed. Just delete them as normal text and then save the changes you’ve just made.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Can you send us a screenshot of the Registry since we cannot be sure only from what you’ve send us here?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Did you check the Hosts file and the folders in the Registry Editor that we mentioned in the guide?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Did you notice any shady IP’s in the Hosts file (Step 4 from the guide)? Also, have you deleted anything from the Registry Editor?

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    You should probably remove those IP’s. Just make to save the changes to the Hots file after you do that.

     
  • Angus

    Nothing shows up in any of the steps and i get my search bar hijacked regularly or re routed to a different search engine. I deleted a few things from the registry a while back and made it happen less often, but now it’s worse than ever.

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Can you send us a screenshot of the processes from your Task Manager as well as another one form the list of programs installed onto your PC (from the Control Panel)?

       
  • SDM

    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016. com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm. com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl. com

    127.0.0.1 union.baidu2019 .com

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Those IP’s should be removed since they are more than likely coming from the undesirable piece of software. Delete them and save the changes to the Hosts file.

       
  • Adrian

    I can’t save changes to the hosts files, it says i dont have access to the folder but i am currently the admin.

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      In order to be able to save the changes, here is what you need to do: open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Next, right-click on the first result and select Run as Administrator. Doing this will enable you to make changes to the Hosts file and save them afterwards. Tell us if this worked for you or if you need additional help.

       
  • Kelman Castillo

    Hi,

    I’m getting annoyed by this queryrouter virus opening new tabs and appearing as default browser. So I tried to follow the steps but when getting to step 4, after verifying I have no weird IP addresses connected to my pc I try to look for the Network Adapter and Properties —> Internet Protocol Version, but under Networking tab nothing shows up, is all empty. Doesn’t say what I’m Using to Connect nor any items. And already verified wired internet connection. What can I do?
    I got a dell inspiron 5559, windows 10.

    Please help,
    thanks.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54dff272902ff1c7da21a4f68454f2d34393b465ece7a3b4f4a4355a7a8f9f89.png

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hello there. Before we try anything else, I would ask you to do the same (open the Properties window) with the other icon icon in your Network Connections and see if it’s empty as well (you can send us another screenshot if you want). Also, we advise you to complete Steps 5 and 6 even if you cannot currently complete this one and see if anything changes. Try those and tell us what happened.

       
      • Kelman Castillo

        I completed all steps and tried with the other icon as you said but is still the same as in the screenshot I sent. and in step 5 it doesn’t show anything to delete after ”exe.” Also, I tried to manually search for the files by typing their name in the search box in Windows explorer to locate them but it doesn’t show the files Spy Hunter says I have neither does it tell me where they are located. My pc is getting really slow when browsing and is not my speed. Don’t know what to do …

         
        • HowToRemove.Guide Team

          In such a case, we advise you to clear your browser cache. If you do not know how to do that, tell us what browser you are using and we will explain to you how to do it.

           
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Doesn’t the anti-malware tool give you the location of the files that must be removed? By the way, you can always manually search for the files by typing their name in the search box in Windows explorer so you can do that in order to locate them.

     
  • NB

    Can’t save the host file after deleting the IPs. It says you are not logged in as the administrator whereas I already am.

    Please help.

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Here is what you should do: copy this line “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” and paste it in your Start Menu search bar. Right-click on the first (and probably only) search result and then select Run as Administrator. Once the Hosts file opens you should be able to delete the unwanted IP’s and save the changes to the file.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    All of those need to be removed since they are more than likely coming from some unwanted piece of software.

     
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    The addresses that you have send us are probably coming from the undesirable software which is why we advise you to remove them and save the changes made to the hosts file afterwards.

     
  • Farheen Khan

    i downloaded spyhunter which found 3 things easysearchit. com , adware helpers and newpoptab but i have to purchase premium version to remove these and not able to find these by myself in the steps you have mentioned.

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      The free version only provides you with the scanner option. On the other hand the premium version of the program enables you to instantly remove any potential threats in nearly all instances of undesirable software. Also, for the few cases where the program might not be able to resolve the said issue, you are also provided with live support where you’d be presented with a customized fix for your problem.
      If you want to stay on the free version, then you mus manually locate the unwanted software and delete it. This should not be difficult to do. Copy the names of the potentially unwanted programs that came up in the scanning results and paste them in the Start Menu search bar. Open the file locations of the search results and delete anything that comes up as unreliable.
      Lastly, which of our removal steps did you try? Did you check the Hosts file for shady IP addresses and did you search for the unwanted software in the Registry Editor? If you haven’t done everything from the guide, we advise you to do that first.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Since those IP’s aren’t supposed to be in your hosts file, you should delete them in order to remove them from there.