Remove Dosearches.com
Removal instructions

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Dosearches.com is also known as Do Searches | Type: Adware

Dosearches.com (also known as Do Searches) is an untrustworthy search engine, which is used to return irrelevant search results, display commercial ads and initiate other unwanted activities. No, we don't claim that it's a malicious program, which can ruin your computer. However, it can easily initiate havoc on it for making you visit specific sites and make the money from that. No matter that it looks like Google or other trustworthy search engine, you should be very careful when using Do Searches. If you noticed that this search engine has already replaced your start page and default search engine, you should waste no time and remove dosearches.com from each of your computer. In addition, try to rely on more reputable search engines when browsing on the Internet.  

HOW CAN DOSEARCHES GET INSIDE THE SYSTEM?

There are many users who claim that Do Searches is a virus that showed up on their computers without a clear permission asked. They are wrong because the main method, which is used to spread this search engine, is closely related to free downloads. In order to prevent Dosearches.com's infiltration, you should remember that freeware and shareware is always set to offer for the user to change the start page and default search engine. That's why we recommend monitoring installation process of such programs and unchecking these check marks that suggest such changes. Once DoSearches gets inside, it immediately shows up instead of the start page or default search engine. You may also notice redirects to unknown sites and commercial pop-up notifications. In order to get rid of them, you should remove Do Searches from the system. For that, follow a guide below:

HOW TO REMOVE DO SEARCHES? 

People, who downloaded Do Searches on their computers accidentally, should remove it. For that, you can either run a full system scan with SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware or follow these steps:

Automatic Dosearches.com Removal Guide

You can remove Dosearches.com 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 Dosearches.com Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Dosearches.com and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Dosearches.com 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.

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Dosearches.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2: Remove Dosearches.com 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 Dosearches.com from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
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 Dosearches.com 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 Dosearches.com removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Dosearches.com 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 Dosearches.com removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Dosearches.com 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 Dosearches.com removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Dosearches.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Dosearches.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Dosearches.com removal process.

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 Dosearches.com:

•  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

Geolocation of Dosearches.com

This map reveals the prevalence of Dosearches.com. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada and Italy.

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Dosearches.com 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 Dosearches.com 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 Dosearches.com right in your pocket.
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Information added: 2014-08-13 07:24
Information updated: 2014-08-13 07:24

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Users comments about Dosearches.com:

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HelpPlease
Oh and for the record, this program came when I downloaded Python for school!
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HelpPlease
None of these are working for me at all. There IS no do searches anything listed under target when I right-click the browser icon, so I cant delete it. I deleted the only thing that was there, and now the field is greyed out and I cant do anything. I uninstalled the browser and that didnt take care of it, and dosearches is not listed in any file anywhere on my computer. Any other suggestions?
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Stac
this worked for me. thanks so much
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jen
Ive tried everything here and its still there nothing works for me
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Troutfishingguy2
I have the dose arches on my pc Warning if I ever find out who made this program be forewarned you have the ass kicking of a lifetime coming your way
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baldthunder
Rabbits advice worked for me. Thanks a lot rabbit. But what of this bit about editing the registry Ive heard of? Im curious.
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Royce
In Chrome, I found that

1. besides the solution above (delete text after Chrome.exe in Properties -> Target ,

2. you also need to go to Chrome settings and delete the dosearches URL from the setting On Startup it would currently be set to Open a specific page. Click that, and dosearches URL will be seen. Delete it via the X button. Then change the Startup setting to Open the New Tab Page

3. Delete Chrome shortcuts on the Homepage and taskbar, and restore them by actually navigating to the install location of Chrome and restoring the shortcut by right-click->send-to-> desktop. (The location can be reached by entering chrome in the search bar of Start menu, then rightclick->open-file-location (or simply searching your PC))
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ibrahim
thanx RABBIT it works with me.
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Em
Worked for me!! Yay. Thanks!!!!
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Erin
I was having trouble entering the right target code because I didnt have backslashes in between the words. it DID WORK for me when I entered the following (and thanks so much for the info!!!)- C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe (if for some reason the backslashes dont show up here, they are in between file&internet and explorer&iexplore.exe). Same goes for Firefox and Chrome.

As RABBIT said,

How to remove dosearches.com
Right-click your browser’s shortcut. Choose Properties. Go to Shortcut tab and navigate to Target line. There should be only your browser’s directory in the Target line: Internet Explorer – C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe Mozilla Firefox – C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe Google Chrome – C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
Delete any text after the one posted above. Click OK.
This helped me....:)"
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JAMGEF
Thanks to "rabbit". IMPORTANT! after deleting dosearches entries from target box of your browsers shortcut properties make sure you unpin it from the task bar, or else dosearches will still appear.
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Colleen
Need help removing Dosearches. Ive ran malwarebytes but is doesnt seem to rexognize it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Krishna
Thank you so much... it worked. :)
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eagle
thank u people for the help. finally gt rid of dosearches.com
thank u rabbit
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dchris
How do I get to the target field when I have no shortcut to IE and it will not let me create one. I have windows 8, if that helps.
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unknown
hello rebbit!..i m really thankful to u..it indeed worked
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Neeraj
gr8t ...this thing worked .iI completed scanned my pc with antivirus and malwarebyte but no use that do-searches comes again....thanks dear so solve this issue .....
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Randy
I just got Spyhunter and it took care of everything. It was not in my ad and remove and could find it anywhere. Spyhunter not cheap but does the job
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sam
thank u rabbit . that worked
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Eileen
Thank you everyone. I am not very computer savvy but from all your instructions and helpful suggestions, especially to remove the " from the start i am able to have my home page back. Legends! I have no idea where it came from - except maybe when i downloaded MAGNET TV???
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