This page aims to help you remove S.coldsearch.com. These S.coldsearch.com removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
So you are probably here because your PC has been infected with a genuine threat. Fortunately that’s not so bad, there are much more dangerous viruses in existence and if you follow our instructions as outlined in the article below the malware will be safely removed from your machine. What we are dealing with in a malicious threat of the browser hijacker variety. S.coldsearch.com exists to spam advertisements whenever you browser the internet and you will be seeing a lot of them until it is removed. These Ads most often spawn in the form of Flash-based banners and pop-ups, but sometimes also certain keywords can be turned into hyperlinks, which also display an Ad when hovered over.
Avoid interacting with S.coldsearch.com in any way
This redirect may not be very dangerous, but still remains malicious and you should be wary of it. Anything it offers you in the form of Ad or file for download is potentially very dangerous.
Reputable online stores seldom advertise with the help of programs like this virus, but may be added for free in order to make the browser hijacker appear more legitimate. Most of the Ads actually lead to dangerously infected sites that can also try to steal your account names and passwords.
Even more dangerous are any downloads offered to you by the malware. The virus has a particularly nasty side to it – it may create Ads that try to look like system messages. These will always contain fake error and problem reports. The goal is to scare you into downloading an infected executable file, which “contains” a free program that can help you with the problem. Another variation of this trick is when you are asked to download a patch/update for a missing plug-in, video codec required to view online media or update some outdated program. There are also the classical scams that offer free download accelerators and many other utilities that you don’t really need, but it may try to make you install anyway.
As you can see for as long as you have this virus on your computer you cannot be absolutely certain if your computer has a problem or not. Proceed to the removal guide below and make sure you don’t install anything system related from an Ad until S.coldsearch.com is dealt with.
How was your computer infected with S.coldsearch.com?
If is a hard question to answer, because there are many tricks in existence. Generally it could have come as part of a software bundle or maybe as some email attachment or from a fake download link in a torrent/online storage site. When you are about to install an executable file make sure you downloaded it from a safe place.
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove S.coldsearch.com from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from 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.
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The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
With Safe Mode enabled it is time to delve into your internet browsers and remove S.coldsearch.com’s attachments to them. It is added via an add-on, so execute Step 2 and Step 3 for every browser you have on your machine. If any confirmation message pop-ups read it carefully, as one of the options could lead to new software installations or visit to an internet site. Avoid either of those, since they can only lead to more trouble.
If for any reason you receive a message that you are locked by the admin or something of the sort, check Step 6 for the solution (you need to go in regedit; that step covers the process of entering regedit and tells you what to do)
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the virus. 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.
Remove S.coldsearch.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
S.coldsearch.com should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove S.coldsearch.com from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
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, REMOVE 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. Search around for S.coldsearch.com and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. 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 – but this time 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.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose 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.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so you need to be very careful and doublecheck before deleting anything. Doing this wrong can cause damage to your OS or other important programs if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download the professional S.coldsearch.com removal software we recommend. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to other viruses that may lurk hidden in the background. If you decide to go with the program make sure to run a full system scan to identify and neutralize any such threat.
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
If you are receiving messages about being locked by the admin when you try to delete extensions in your browsers, go in C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine. There should be a file registry.pol. Delete that file.
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