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Remove Dartsearch (Jan. 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Dartsearch. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The presence of an application such as Dartsearch inside your main browser could be really frustrating and annoying, but, to your relief, this is not some sort of a computer virus or a major security threat like a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse. In its nature, Dartsearch is a browser hijacker application specialized in the aggressive generation of different sponsored advertisements. Its main function is to generate income for its creators by exposing the web users to as ads, page-redirects, banners and pop-ups as possible and redirecting them to the websites of its partners.  However, despite not being dangerous, this software may be quite irritating and may affect the work of popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and more. For instance, in most of the cases, apart from the aggressive ad-generation, the browser hijacker may place changes to the main search engine or to the homepage address and to install some potentially unwanted tools, toolbars or buttons which may promote some third-party software or marketing-oriented pages. Such changes, especially when they have not been specifically approved or desired, could be quite unpleasant and could greatly disturb your normal web browsing. That’s why, in the next lines, we have prepared a quick and effective set of steps, neatly organized in a removal guide, which you can use to safely remove all the unwanted changes and uninstall the browser hijacker that is probably responsible for them. Keep in mind, though, that since Dartsearch is an application created to make profits off the adverts it displays, its developers want it to remain on your system for as long as possible. That’s why they normally make it rather difficult to remove the ads and to uninstall all the browser hijacker’s changes. Such software may even reinstall itself again if not deleted correctly. For this reason, we advise our readers to use the steps in the removal guide below in a combination with the suggested Dartsearch removal tool, which can guarantee complete and quick removal.

Keep away from the intrusive ads!

Staying away from sketchy random pop-ups and intrusive ads is a piece of advice we regularly give to our readers because this can keep them safe from potential encounters with many unwanted applications, carriers of viruses, transmitters of Ransomware, Spyware and other nasty threats. This is especially valid if the source of these messages is a browser hijacker, an adware app or some other ad-generating and page-redirecting application, which can display third-party commercials on your screen. Such software simply doesn’t let you have much control over the content that gets shown on your screen and it is best if you remove it. Moreover, some of the most common methods that the criminals use to spread malware is through Malvertising (distribution of good-looking ads, interesting offers and links, intriguing pop-ups, colorful banners and similar harmless-looking content). And with an application like Dartsearch on your system, which is aggressively flooding your screen with various known and unknown commercials and links, you understand that the chances of accidentally clicking on something misleading greatly increase.

SUMMARY:

Name Dartsearch
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browser may start to behave odd and to spam you with hundreds of unwanted ads and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Some of the most common distribution methods include software bundling, spam messages, torrents, free download links, ads. 
Detection Tool

Remove Dartsearch

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


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).

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Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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.

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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 Dartsearch 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 Dartsearch from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Dartsearch 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

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 doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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