One of the latest browser-related software pieces that has been disrupting users’ online experiences is Ursearch.net. Ursearch.net has been reported to make unwanted changes to users’ web browsers and making them generate streams of ads.
If the main browser of your computer has recently started behaving in an odd and unusual way, spamming your screen with obnoxious and aggressive ads and redirecting your online searches to sites you haven’t been intending to visit, then you should know that there may be an app called Ursearch.net inside the browser which is responsible for these disturbances.
Additional symptoms that could be related to this app are the appearance of a new default search engine in the place of your previous one as well as the replacement of the addresses of your homepage and new-tab page. All of this could be done by apps like Ursearch.net, Good Captcha Top, iStart Search Bar and though such activities are unlikely to cause harm to your machine, it’s still important to get rid of the pesky app that has taken over your Chrome, Safari, Firefox or any other browser that you may have on your computer. There are actually thousands of software components like this one and the collective name used to refer to them is “browser hijackers”.
Issues with Ursearch.net
Obviously, the main problem that most users have with apps like this are the intrusive ads and the endless page redirects. The changes in the browser can also be rather irritating as in most of the cases the newly-imposed homepage or search engine service wouldn’t be as functional or as useful as the user’s previous ones.
In fact, if you have Ursearch.net in your browser, your new search engine may actively try to mislead you into visiting sites and pages that the hijacker has been programmed to promote. This, of course, means that you’d have difficult time finding the content that you are actually looking for. All things considered, it really is best if you remove the pesky software as this is the most effective as well as the easiest way to end the annoyance that it is causing with its ads.
The fact that the hijacker is irritating, however, is not the only reason why it is important to uninstall it. If you are scared that this is a virus, ransomware or some malicious program similar to a Trojan horse, know that Ursearch.net is neither of those things and it is relatively safe. However, it is usually not a very good idea to trust the ads it floods your screen with or to explore and interact the pages it may redirect you to.
This is all because you really cannot know what the original sources of these ads and page-redirects may be. Some offers may indeed look tempting but they may not accurately represent what they are linked with. Before you know it, you may land some insidious ransomware cryptovirus, a spyware infection or a Trojan horse if you accidentally click on a compromised advert. Due to this, we strongly recommend that you waste no time and quickly read and apply the following removal guide which will help you get rid of the invasive piece of software.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
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Remove Ursearch.net Virus
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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Ursearch.net from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Ursearch.net from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Ursearch.net from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!