This page aims to help you remove the Cold Search Web Malware. These Cold Search Web Malware removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
If your seeing a large number of online Ads that are present on every page you visit and web pages in general take longer to load then the most likely reason is that you have an browser hijacker installed on your machine. The Cold Search Web Malware is particular has been identified as an browser hijacker, even though it claims to have useful functionality. You can try and see for yourself that only thing this application is good for is its immediate removal and this article should help you with that.
For as long as the Cold Search Web Malware remains on your computer do not click on any Ad or install anything prompted by the browser hijacker
Security experts have given the lowest threat rating to browser hijacker applications and they have a good reason for it – programs like the Cold Search Web Malware are mostly annoying and they never steal data or serve as rootkits for other, more dangerous viruses. This does not mean that they are harmless and you should leave the Cold Search Web Malware on your computer – quite the opposite. Having to close a bunch of pop-ups and banners every time you open a web page can be a great hassle. Further the goods advertised are rarely quality software worth having. Reputable software developers rarely choose to advertise through shady browser hijacker channels. Less known and unproven software companies do however and they sign affiliate deals with the browser hijacker creator and give him money whenever their product is purchased through the help of an Ad created by the browser hijacker virus. Very often these programs are fraudulent – especially those in the field of PC security or optimization. You might get free scan functionality, but that is just a trap as these scanners report false positives and generally exaggerate the severity of any problem found in order to make you buy the software. Benign old registry entries are blamed for the slow performance of your PC when in fact it is the browser hijacker application that slows it down. We do not recommend you download, install and especially purchase any program that is offered to you by the Ads.
Infected executables and software bundle installers are the likely carriers of the Cold Search Web Malware
In the world of computers there is one golden rule to remember – viruses and different Malware are most commonly distributed with the help of executable files. Thus the best defense against such threats is to never obtain executable files from unsafe locations. Torrents, forums, storage sites and many more online sources without any quality control are a favorite dumping pool for virus-infected executable files.
Software bundles are also common – this is usually an installer for a certain free program that also has several other programs hidden inside it. When you run such an installer and select the Quick/Default installation option all of these “bonus” apps will also get installed – often without giving you any indication of the fact. To avoid this just select the “Advanced” installation option and read through the steps. At a certain point a list of all programs to be installed will get displayed and you can chose to remove any extras. Do it. We’ve yet to observe any useful programs bundled in this way, but they are plenty of apps similar to the Cold Search Web Malware which you’ll soon grow to hate.
|Name||Cold Search Web Malware|
|Symptoms||Web pages take much longer to load and are filled with unwanted Ads. New tabs may randomly be opened without your permission.|
|Distribution Method||Usually through infected executable files – things like software bundles and email attachments.|
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove the Cold Search Web Malware from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Remove Cold Search Web Malware
Things readers are interested in:
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
The first mandatory thing is to Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders. Read here more how to do it. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. the Cold Search Web Malware may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
Also, repeat Step 2 for ALL browsers you have installed – the virus probably infected them all.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply. Also, Reset Your IE Settings
Remove the Cold Search Web Malware from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
Remove Cold Search Web Malware from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, delete EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Uninstall any suspicious programs. Also, viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – then copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Right click on the Taskbar and choose “Start Task Manager.”
Then click the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
AN IMPORTANT WARNING BEFORE THE FINAL STEP! PLEASE READ IT!
What follows ahead is the deletion of any remaining virus files and processes, but you’ll need to be careful. If you make a mistake and delete the wrong files you could seriously can damage your system. If you are not feeling comfortable with this information we advise you to download a professional remover. Additionally please note that accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to other hidden viruses. Use the scan tool to be sure all is OK.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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