The passages below focus on a piece of software better known as Chromesearch.today. We are also going to share some essential details about the most effective way to remove an infection rendered by it. Generally speaking, this program is a member of the famous browser hijacker software category. What such programs typically do is they access your most frequently used browser apps (such as Firefox/ Chrome/ Opera/ Explorer), and modify their settings, thus making them:
- broadcast a huge number of more or less annoying advertisements that can be in the form of boxes, pop-ups, banners, various colourful links;
- set some new and completely unfamiliar homepage and default search engine to the used browser apps by the user;
- open different websites that you have never intended to load, while you are trying to surf the Internet.
Normally, such programs are considered harmless. What we should expect from them and some possible means of dealing with them are what gets thoroughly discussed in the article you are about to go through.
What are hijackers capable of achieving?
As we have already mentioned to you in the first paragraph, browser hijackers are only able to affect the settings of all your browsers. Whatever browser exactly you tend to use, you should expect some redirection, advertisement broadcast and homepage/ search engine alterations. This software category is strictly promotion-oriented. But how does a program like Chromesearch.today enter your PC? The most typical hijacker sources are gathered in the following paragraph. In spite of the fact that we have tried to mention as many as possible, these are only the most common ones, and not all of the possible sources:
- Torrents: Browser hijackers may be lurking inside torrents and shareware, thus making them appear rather suspicious.
- Contagious web pages: Another common source. Any browser hijacker can infect your system in case you have at some point (even unintentionally) clicked on a pop-up generated by a contagious website.
- Software bundling: This is a famous means of spreading various programs/ games/ apps via bundles. Generally, these software combos are available for free to the public, and any user could download and try them out. Furthermore, this is in fact the most popular source of advertising software ever used. What you need to be aware of when we talk about this distribution method is that:
– the simple act of downloading any bundle will NEVER infect your PC with any hijackers;
– however, getting the bundle installed in a mindless way generally means catching such promotion-oriented software versions (mainly Adware and hijackers). Nonetheless, there is a proper way to install a particular piece of software and we are going to show you how to do that below.
It is not very difficult to develop some wise habits when we talk about installing software properly. It is just essential that you avoid all the installer options that may provide an automatic and basic installation process. Such installation features will prevent you from having the chance to choose the exact components of a bundle, or the features of a program you exactly need. The installer options you have to avoid when installing anything are: the Default/ the Recommended/ the Automatic/ the Easy ones, etc. The one you always have to use instead is the Customized (often seen as Advanced) installation feature that strives to give you as much real control over the whole installation process as possible.
Why do programs like Chromesearch.today exist in the first place?
Perhaps you have been wondering about the reason why such software is created in the first place. The very reason for that is not surprising at all, as browser hijackers are used for advertising purposes. In fact, this means all their traits work in the best interest of the advertisement industry and the possible redirection and ad broadcast of ads result from the desire of some producers to have their goods and services promoted on the web. If you are not sure what makes us say browser hijackers are generally harmless, here is your answer:
In comparison to some really malicious programs, Chromesearch.today is just an irritating piece of software. For example, in case your system has been affected by a Ransomware version, all the data you care for most is going to get encrypted and even destroyed. If the infection you are facing is hijacker-related, there is nothing so dangerous and risky: only some pretty irritating redirections and ads.
Chromesearch.today “Virus” Removal
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.