How to Remove Search.hr “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox/IE)

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This page aims to help you remove Search.hr “Virus”. These Search.hr “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The following article features a full and thorough description of a program named Search.hr “Virus”. As being classified as a typical browser hijacker, it might work in this annoying way:

  • Search.hr “Virus” could infect your computer with your unwilling (uninformed) approval and modify your browser apps after that. Neither Explorer, nor Opera, Firefox and Chrome might be safe when it comes to browser hijacker-related infections. Of course, all the other existing browsers could potentially get affected, as well.
  • The way such a program might change the browser apps installed on your PC involves programming them to redirect you to unknown and unfamiliar web locations (normally to webpages you haven’t asked your browser to open).
  • Furthermore, such a hijacker may result in the broadcast of a big number of online ads such as boxes, banners and/or pop-ups, which might irritate your web surfing activities.
  • Also, Search.hr “Virus” may even substitute the homepages and/or search engines you usually use with new ones.

    Search.hr Browser Redirect

More details about browser hijackers in general, as well as about this specific version, are available in the text below.

A glance at the essence of all browser hijackers:

Search.hr “Virus” and all the programs related to it are normally seen as harmless. Still, all the existing hijackers could sometimes show somehow questionable features. Some of these suspicious traits include getting access to your browser’s databases and reviewing the information from there for the purpose of guessing what kind of products and services you might be interested in. Following that, you are likely to see just the pop-ups, the content of which supposedly matches your preferences and interests. However, the intensive ad production might make your machine slow down a bit. This possible negative consequence is entirely dependent on the processing power of your computer, though. Not every affected user experiences it.

The answer to the question, which is bothering you most: is this kind of software a virus or not?

Fortunately, there is absolutely no relation between the existing hijackers and any truly malicious programs. Nevertheless, we want to make the differences between them clearer by giving you an example. In order to show you that, we will compare a Ransomware version and Search.hr “Virus” (as an exemplary hijacker):

  • You already know what Search.hr “Virus” is capable of. Any typical Ransomware program functions in an entirely different way. For example, when it comes to the way the two compared programs enter your PC, we can say that the virus will sneak into your system, research your hard disks in order to determine which your most favorite data is and will normally continue with encrypting it. A ransom-requiring notification will later be generated, informing you that your files are now inaccessible and you are supposed to pay ransom in exchange for them. Compared to that, a few browser-hijacker-invoked ads and redirections are nothing.

What is the most likely way to catch a program like Search.hr “Virus”?      

As you may expect, no user in the world will willingly accept the installation of such programs like hijackers and Adware that will do nothing but disturb their browsing. That’s why their developers have to be especially creative in order to spread them in legal ways. One of the most common LEGITIMATE way of distributing advertising software is via the famous program bundles. These bundles represent many various apps, programs and games mixed together and offered for free on the Internet. Indeed, many bundles may contain some very fascinating programs and may really encourage you to download and try some for free. However, there is the point when you have to be especially careful – no bundle will infect you with hijackers or Adware on its own. You are the one who authorizes and controls the installation process. That’s why you should:

Master the way of installing bundles (and any other software) wisely and properly:

Here is the most basic advice:

  • These installer options should always be ignored: Recommended; Easy; Automatic; Default; Quick. They will implement an automatic installation of the WHOLE CONTENT OF THE PARTICULAR BUNDLE or ALL THE FEATURES OF A GIVEN PROGRAM/APP. In this way, all sorts of infections may occur, as well as some unwanted modifications of your system as a whole.
  • These installation features should always be preferred: the Customized or the Advanced. By choosing them you will get the control over the installation process and have the chance to opt in or opt out of features and programs.

Practice implementing a safe uninstallation process, as well. For that purpose, follow the steps we have prepared for you in the Removal Guide below.

SUMMARY:

Name Search.hr
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Just some irritating browser activity: substitution of homepages/ search engines; production of pop-up ads and possible redirections.
Distribution Method Diverse sources: from shareware and torrents to program bundles and browser extensions.
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.

How To Remove Search.hr “Virus”

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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).

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. 

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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.

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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Search.hr “Virus” 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.hr “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Search.hr “Virus” 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 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!