Remove YourSearching Web (Chrome/Firefox/IE) Updated June 2017

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

YourSearching Web Virus is a typical member of the browser hijacker family. You may have already noticed that this program claims some useful functionality, but that is fairly unusable. Instead your web browsers are likely covered in unwanted Ads and you are getting redirected to new tabs and pages whenever you try to load a page on your own. This behavior is equally represented in Firefox, Chrome and IE, because YourSearching Web is added to these browsers like an add-on extension. Uninstalling it is your only way to get rid of it.

 

 

The YourSearching Virus

The YourSearching Web Redirect in action.

Don’t interact with Ads created by the YourSearching Web Virus for any other reason than to close them

The primary goal of this browser hijacker application is to generate money for its owner. It does that by displaying you Ads. YourSearching Web works as an affiliate for all linked sites and every time you click on one of the Ads it will make money out of it. If you make the mistake of purchasing anything from those clicks more money will be paid.

In and on it’s own this is not a bad practice – in fact all online Ads use it. The problem is that there is minimal control over the quality of goods advertised by the Ads. Because of this these Ads are frequently used to link to infected sites or to sell low quality software products (known as bloatware) or free applications that are actually more browser hijacker. Sometimes the Ads will advertise porn sites and/or phishing sites that try to make you log in and give our your credit card number.

Of course, not all of the Ads may be harmful, but its really hard to tell the safe ones from the fakes. It’s best if you keep away from them as a whole.

How was your computer targeted by the YourSearching Web Virus?

Don’t worry, browser hijacker like this does not specifically target people. It’s far more likely that it was randomly installed on your PC via the help of a an infected executable file you obtained from somewhere. Here is a list of possible culprits, try to remember if you’ve lately done any of the following actions:

  1. Software bundles – freeware program installers or installers obtained from torrents and redistribution sites may contain multiple programs inside of them. When the installer is run with the Default installation option these extra programs will get installed – usually without any indication of that fact. These extra programs are often browser hijacker applications like YourSearching Web and we strongly recommend that you do not let them install. To do that use the Advanced installation option, which will give you exact details and control over what exactly is getting installed.
  2. Torrent sites – known to be a cesspit for spreading viruses. Torrent files often contain browser hijacker and will also be full of Ads. Sometimes they will have multiple download buttons and if you click on the wrong one you’ll get a file that matches the file you want – but in name only. In reality you’ll be downloading and installing something dangerous.
  3. Email attachments – this scam is as old as the internet, but still relevant. Spam emails can be made to look fairly convincing and the attached files can also be named appropriately deceiving. Look at the file extension – it cannot lie. If  the sent file ends with .exe don’t open it!

SUMMARY:

Name YourSearching Web
Type Browser Hijacker.
Danger Level Medium.
Symptoms Unwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.
Distribution Method Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.
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Remove YourSearching Web

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.

appwiz

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 YourSearching Web 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 YourSearching Web from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove YourSearching Web 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!
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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!


  • SXangai

    I eventually just downloaded a professional anti-malware software, but some of your pointers really helped. Especially point number 3. Even though I didn’t go through the entire process, this was still a big help for me.Thanks a lot. Really.

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Thank you for the comment. It’s always nice to see we helped someone. 🙂

  • ersan

    There are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to me below “Localhost” / What shall I do

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Can you share what these IPs are? Some are safe while others are definitely a part of the infection, but it’s impossible to know unless you tell me what they are 🙂

  • John Holden

    Hi, I also got a number of strange IP addresses under Local Host. I checked them against McAfee and got warnings for each. How do I get rid of them? They are:

    http://www.czzsyzgm(.)com

    http://www.czzsyzxl(.)com

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      These are definitely part of the virus and you should just delete them from the file and save it.
      Did that make the thing go away? Please, tell me, so other people who are infected can know 🙂

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hello Niklas,

    The location of the hosts file is C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts

    If it refuses to save the new data it is possible that the virus set it to read-only. To fix try right-clicking on the hosts file -> select properties -> see if the Read-Only check box is filled. It it is uncheck it, click apply and try to delete and save the file again.

    Please let me know if this worked for you. This can be caused by other things so we gotta try them one by one.

  • Ayush Singh

    there are strange ip adresses under the local host
    Plzz help
    127.0.0.1 down.baidu2016..com

    127.0.0.1 123.sogou..com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzgm..com

    127.0.0.1 http://www.czzsyzxl..com

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi Ayush,

      Yes, all of these were put there by the virus. You should delete all lines they are in, then save the file.

      Let me know how it goes.

  • Wynand Le Roux

    I have found strange Ip addresses, I deleted them from the .txt file, did not allow me to save, changed read-only permission but it does not allow me despite being changed to save in the same location? Please help

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi Wynand,

      You need admin permissions to change that file. To obtain it right click on Notepad or Wordpad exe -> select run as administrator. When the program starts use the Open option and navigate to the Hosts file. You should now be able edit it.

      Let me know if you need more instructions.

  • Wynand Le Roux

    found stange Ip Addresses, removed it from .tx file had to change read-only but does not allow me to save in same location again, please help