Also known as: Do Searches
Severity scale: (13 / 100)
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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Help Line to remove Dosearches.com
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.
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.
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
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Dosearches.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
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.
Remove dangerous extensions
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.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Here, select Dosearches.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
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.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
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.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
Here, select Dosearches.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
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.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
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.
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.
QR code for Dosearches.com removal instructions:
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.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
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Information added: 2014-08-13 07:24:52
Information updated: 2014-08-13 07:24:52
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