Title: Default-search.net
Also known as: default-search.net virus

Remove Default-search.net
Removal instructions

Severity scale:Default-search.net severity is 10  (10 / 100)

Default-search.net is a sneaky search engine, which can show up on your computer without downloading it there. No matter that it doesn’t belong to viruses, it can lead your computer to the infiltration of one of them because it returns altered search results, causes browser’s redirections and similar problems. According to its victims, it can affect all web browsers that can be found on computer, so you may notice that you can’t avoid Default-search.net, no matter which browser, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, you decide to use. Remember, no matter how trustworthy Default-search.net looks for you, it returns altered search results and seeks to make people visit specific websites. That’s why we recommend avoiding this search engine. Users label default-search.net as a virus.


Default-search.net is spread using an unfair distribution method, which is known as ‘bundling’. However, it is not difficult to avoid this unfair search engine. You just need to pay more attention to freeware’s installation and find the list of additional downloads or free additions. So, choose Custom or Advanced program's installation method and, if you see the check mark under the sentence ‘I agree to make Default-search.net my default search engine’, uncheck it. If you missed this check mark, you should waste no time and follow a guide below. Basically, this is the only way to get rid of Default-search.net.

HOW TO REMOVE Default-search.net (virus)?

If you were tricked into installing Default-search.net, you can remove it by following these simple steps:

  • Remove programs that are related to Default-search.net:
  1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Uninstall a Program.
  2. Here, look for Linkey by Aztec Media, and similar entries and select 'Uninstall/Change'.
  3. Click OK to save the changes

Remove default-search.net from your browsers:

Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Gear icon -> 'Manage Add-ons'.
2. Here, look for unfamiliar plugins (Linkey by Aztec Media, etc.) and remove these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on the gear icon again and select 'Internet options'.
4. Remove default-search.net and enter your preferred domain name.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the gear icon again, select 'Manage Add-ons' -> 'Search Providers',
6. Set your preferred search engine.

Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select 'Add-ons' -> 'Extensions'.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (Linkey by Aztec Media, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click Firefox, choose 'Options'
4. Here, eliminate default-search.net and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon and question mark icon
6. Here, click 'Troubleshooting Information' and click 'Reset Firefox'.

Google Chrome:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select 'Tools' -> 'Extensions'.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (Linkey by Aztec Media, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose 'Settings' -> 'On startup' section -> 'set pages'
4. Here, eliminate default-search.net by clicking on the "X" and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> 'Settings' -> 'Search' section
6. Here, click 'Manage Search Engines...' and add your preferred domain name.

Finally, in order to avoid reappearance of default-search.net, scan your machine with updated anti-spyware. We recommend using  SpyHunter or  STOPzilla.

Automatic Default-search.net removal:

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SpyHunter is recommended remover to uninstall Default-search.net. You should confirm using free trial that it detects current version of parasite.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

If you failed to remove Default-search.net using SpyHunter, submit question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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Information added: 2014-07-08 06:24:35
Information updated: 2014-07-08 06:24:35

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Da Winner
Note for Firefox: Those stupid bastards from Default search changed the name of the default-search to Firefox Settings Manager, find that and remove it
ya lol it wasnt listed but thanks for your comment, i found there was a settings manager. and i removed it
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@Da Winner - BIG THANKS TO YOU!!!!!
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what if there are no extensions?
Dave Smith
I got this damn site on my google chrome. Cant find an extension that has the site. Please help thanks.
Dave Smith
Oh yeah and is that default search remover any good? I would hate to download it and have the site removed...only to have another problem surface from the remover.
Dave Smith
I found a way to take it off of your google chrome. Go into settings and scroll all the way down. Click on "show advanced settings". Scroll all the way down and click restore browser settings. This will take it off from your search but highly doubt it will be COMPLETELY removed from your computer. I suspect that the only way to remove it is to go into the registry files and removing anything that has to do with the site, which can be dangerous to your computer if you dont know what you are doing. Good luck to all.
Thinking Twice
I spent 5 hours online with a leading, if not THE leading security system for computers in the U.S., and guess what - they couldnt remove default-search.net, through remote technology. This parasite is is produced by Aztec Media - or thats the name on the SECURITY CERTIFICATE. Many of the above mentioned removal processes were performed, repeatedly, to no avail. Of course, their next suggestion was to buy more products/services, which I am not considering at this time. Ill try paying another company for a fix rather than send more $ to the one that came with the computer - and that I just re-subscribed with in September. I will also only subscribe for a year at a time in the future. No point in a multi-year contract when youll just be spending more for everything that the subscription cannot fix. My computer seems to be running alright; it just wants to use the search engine / browser that it wants to use. Also, I only noticed the problem after I had visited a government website on April 14th to download forms. Just curious if anyone else could connect the dots as to where they may have gotten this parasite.
A Oliveira
I bought SpyHunter in order to remove Default-search.not to no avail. I have Windows 7 SP 1 with IE 11, Default-search has taken over IE, can´t
use tools/options, etc.
same problem as you, cant remove Default-search off IE 11, lets tell the middle east default-search has been bagging on Muhammad and let what happens happen heh

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