Remove Default-search.net
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Default-search.net is also known as default-search.net virus | Type: Browser Hijackers

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.

HOW CAN Default-search.net INFILTRATE COMPUTERS?

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:

Automatic Default-search.net Removal Guide

You can remove Default-search.net automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Manual Default-search.net Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Default-search.net and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Default-search.net or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.

Step 2: Remove Default-search.net from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Remove Default-search.net from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Default-search.net and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Default-search.net removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Default-search.net and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Default-search.net removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Default-search.net and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Default-search.net removal.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Default-search.net:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

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Default-search.net qrcode QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Default-search.net are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Default-search.net right in your pocket.
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Information added: 2014-08-25 02:50
Information updated: 2014-08-25 02:50

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Users comments about Default-search.net:

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Chazah
I have tried everything suggested by all the IT guys and webpages who instruct u how to remove Default-search.net thru your Add & Remove Program, and Task Manager and Manage Add Ons, etc, etc, etc........ but Default-Search.net is not listed on one of these programs or is any of the others they say should be removed. I have had problems with Default-Search.net for months now including Linkey and cannot get rid of any of them. Usually I can find always a simple solution to get rid of a stubborn virus/malware etc... but this one I cannot find a solution to and I am NOT WILLING to pay for expensive virus removers which usually promise to find and remove it.... but doesnt!!! Wish someone somewhere knew what they were doing and post a simple and inexpensive solution to get rid of these things for good!!
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j
When i down loaded msn my windows went ape then reimage repair popped up aswell, thats when default.search and aztec ltd came up, also cant remove it tried everything.
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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.
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Kalaxus
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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Dave Smith
I got this damn site on my google chrome. Cant find an extension that has the site. Please help thanks.
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[email protected]
what if there are no extensions?
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[email protected]
@Da Winner - BIG THANKS TO YOU!!!!!
i FINALLY REMOVE IT
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ilovegoogle
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
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
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