A Beginner’s Guide to Removing TheSearch.net

I am encountering a problem that my homepage has been changed to TheSearch.net without my knowledge and consent. I just cannot reset it back to my favorite one and I notice that there are many pop ups showing on the webpage, most of which warn that my PC performance is poor and I am recommended to download some software to repair it. This really annoys me. I use Internet Explorer and run Windows XP operating system. How to fix this problem? Can anyone help me?

Description of TheSearch.net

TheSearch.net is a website that is supported by TheSearch.net redirect virus. It has an appearance similar to other legitimate websites so that computer users won’t suspect its safety and believe it is a helpful site. However, it is actually a tool designed to trick PC users into taking it as the default search engine and browser homepage to help criminals to increase the artificial traffic and boost affiliate payments by forcing users to visit random advertising websites. If users are fooled to do so, the program will run a fake scan to system and reports that the computer is suffering from tons of virus infections. The sly program will display predetermined virus number and scare users to instantly fix the problems. It tries to make users believe its fraud by exaggerating the risks computer faces and consequences of the threat using error messages and false warnings. It generates numerous ads and links on the PC screen, require you to download toolbars, extensions and plug-ins. Even just one simple click may invite further dangerous malware.

TheSearch.net not only enables to alter the Internet settings of web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, but also affects the computer performance and the use of programs. It will automatically download and install some unwanted programs, which may slow down your system performance. You may feel angry because you are cheated. Besides, it will totally modify your browser settings and internet settings and won’t allow you to reset them back to the normal states even you have tried several times. Since the redirect virus can corrupt your browsers and bring trouble to you, it is highly recommended that you remove it from your computer as soon as possible.

Don’t hesitate to get rid of TheSearch.net as it’s so annoying, and it especially affects the proper running of browser and system applications. You can follow the step to step instruction below to efficiently remove this virus right now:

Effects of Being Infected by the Redirect Virus

1. This redirect virus can install itself on your browsers without any consent and automatically modify the browser settings.

2. TheSearch.net helps other malicious third-party malware get into computer via browser.

3. Continuous pops- up and sponsor links bombarding the screen to lure you into dropping malware into the computer.

4. The performance of the infested browser may reduce greatly for the browser hijacker utilizes it to perform insecure tasks.

5. Your online activities are monitored and the important data like usernames, passwords and other confidential information can be stolen by cyber criminals.

How to Remove Browser Hijacker Step by Step?

In virtue of containing malicious code created by cyber criminals, TheSearch.net can effectively prevent itself from removing by celebrated antivirus programs. In general, the manual removal task needs the user to have much computer experience. If you are sure about it, follow the guide below to get rid of the threat completely (Remember to make a backup of the files before making any changes):

1. Remove the browser hijacker from the infected computer.

Click on the Start button and select Control Panel. Click on Uninstall a program under the Programs category. 
 Find out and locate the programs related to TheSearch.net browser hijacker. Click on the Uninstall button to remove them all.

2. Launch the infected browser and remove the add-ons or extensions related to the browser hijacker.

Internet Explorer:
 Open IE, click on Tools and then select Manage Add-ons. When it opens a window, click on Toolbars and Extensions. Find out the extensions related to the browser hijacker and select them. Then, right-click them and click on the Disable option. Restart IE to finish the procedure.

Google Chrome:
 Launch Google Chrome. Click on the Three-bar icon on top-right of the browser, select tools and then Extensions from the list. After that, click Extensions on the left side of the window. Locate the extension related to the browser hijacker, select it and click on the trash icon. Restart the browser to complete the procedure.

Mozilla Firefox:
 Start Firefox and click on the tool menu from the top menu. Click on the Add-ons tab to open the configuration window. Then, click Extensions on the left side of this window. Now find out the extensions of the redirect virus and remove them from the browser. Restart the browser to complete the process.

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Go to Control panel again and click on Appearance and Personalization. Then double click on Folder Options. Hit the View tab, tick “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and deselect “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” . Click on the OK button to apply the changes.

4. Delete the malicious files of TheSearch.net from the local disk.

The files listed below are reference only because the virus may has the ability to changes the names and locations of its files.
 %Program Files%\ random
 %AppData%\Protector-[rnd].exe
 %AppData%\Inspector-[rnd].exe
 %AppData%\vsdsrv32.exe

5. Open Registry Editor and delete the registry entries of the browser hijacker..
 Press Windows+ R keys simultaneously to open the Run window. Then type “regedit” in the run box and press Enter key to open Registry Editor.

After that, find out and delete all the registry entries of TheSearch.net. The below registry entries are also for reference only.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[random].exe
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\browser hijacker name
 HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System ‘DisableRegistryTools’ = 0

6. Restart the infected computer to apply all changes.

Conclusion

TheSearch.net redirect virus is a computer virus used by cyber criminals to promote their own website or other affiliated websites. Once it gets inside the infected computer, it will be very difficult to remove it in a short time. It is extremely annoying when you open your web browser and TheSearch.net pops up automatically. You fail to eliminate the web page even though you have re- install the browser. It is a hijacker virus can be able to collect users’ information by changing browser settings. To get rid of the troublesome, it is strongly recommended that you use a professional tool or follow the manual removal instructions to fix the problem.

Note: If you think manual is too complicated and may cause system instable or other problems. Please resort to automatic way and equip your system with a helpful removal tool to quickly and safely remove it without too much concern.