How to Get Rid of/Remove Default-search.net Virus & Restore IE/Firefox/Chrome

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 25, 2014

Attacked by Default-search.net all of sudden? Try various ways to remove it but nothing works? This removal guide provides a quick & safe way to get rid of it.

Overview of Default-search.net

Default-search.net is a redirect virus programmed to hijack users’ browsers and displays a number of pop-up ads on the affected browser. Most of time, it comes bundled with freeware or shareware. Also, it can slip into your computer while you click a spam email attachment or visit a malicious website. After getting installed, this hijacker will change your browser settings without any permission. You may soon notice that your default homepage has been set as Default-search.net. Moreover, a risky search engine is provided in the middle of the page for you to search for web, images, videos, etc. The homepage and search engine will be changed regardless of what browser you are using, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

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Apart from these, this redirect virus will also pop up various advertisements, sponsored links, coupons, banners and deals on your browsers. You may even notice that random texts or phrases on the website turn into hyperlinks as well. Once you click on those ads or links by accident, you may be redirected to some malicious websites and be tricked into downloading malware onto your computer. That’s mainly how Gosave, Alldaysavings and Istartsurf.com enter your machine without seeking permission from you. Please note that Default-search.net redirect virus may also track your browser cookies and steal your confidential information without any knowledge. So, it is urgent to get rid of this redirect virus from your infected PC.

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Tips to Prevent Default-search.net Invasion

1. Stay away from insecure websites. Download programs, files and update package from trustworthy official addresses only;
2. Update the virus database of the installed antivirus program on a regular basis. Please keep it running real-time protection to lower the chance of being attacked.
3. Upgrade the existing applications immediately once there are notifications of update so as to prevent any system vulnerability;
4. Be attentive when receiving unknown links from social networking sites, instant message clients and group emails. They might contain a copy of this virus.

Default-search.net Virus Manual Removal Guide

Default-search.net redirect virus often comes into a target computer together with other online freeware. It is capable of modifying some default browser settings. Any slight mistake may cause more damage. Therefore, extra attention should be attached to the manual removal process.

Step 1: Restore hosts file.

a. Click Start >Run. Type C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts in Run box and tap Enter.

b. Seeing more lines other than “127.0.0.1 localhost” in Windows XP or “127.0.0.1 localhost ::1″ in Windows Vista, delete all of them.

Step 2: Clean browser cookies and caches.

a. Internet Explorer: Click Tools > Internet Option > General > Browsing History > Click Delete Button. Make sure you tick Temporary Internet files, cookies and history options and delete them all.

b. Mozilla Firefox: Click Tools > Clear Recent History > Click Clear Now.

c. Google Chrome: Click Wrench Icon > Options > Under the Hood > Clear Browsing Data > Clear Browsing Data.

Step 3: Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from browsers.

a. Internet Explorer: Click Tools > Manage Add-ons > Disable all unverified add-ons.

b. Mozilla Firefox: Click Tools > Add-ons > Extensions-> Disable all unverified extensions.

c. Google Chrome: Click Wrench Icon > Tools > Extensions > Tick all harmful extensions and then click the Bin button to remove them all.

Step 4: Reset homepage on browser.

a. Internet Explorer: Click Tools > Internet Option > General. Put in a certain website as the home page and then click OK to save the change.

b. Mozilla Firefox: Click Tools > Options > General > Startup. Put in a certain website as the home page and then click OK to save the change.

c. Google Chrome: Click Wrench Icon > Options > Basics. On Startup area, put in a certain website as the home page and then click OK to save the change

Step 5: Reboot the PC normally for the changes to take effect.

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