Removal instructions

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  (13/100) is also known as Do Searches | Type: Adware (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 from each of your computer. In addition, try to rely on more reputable search engines when browsing on the Internet.  


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'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:


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 Removal Guide

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Manual Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall and related programs

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

•  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

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

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Information added: 2014-08-13 07:24
Information updated: 2014-08-13 07:24

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Nice article, but I followed all the instructions and am still stuck with this turd called Do (may they rot in hell for eternity). according to Firefox, I have no extensions. and I have also already uninstalled everything not utterly essential on my computer. still no luck. btw, if the govt. were actually useful in any way, they would make these kind of software hijackings illegal.
the same here
didnt work!!!!
yet another
Same here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FOr all ppl who cant get it removed: PLZ reinstall firefox and restart. It will WORK 100% .
Thank you ,reinstaling firefox fixed the problem. It is the only solution!!!
Did not work either!
i finally managed to get rid from dosearch, but i didnt used any method mentioned above. The simplest method to delete it is just goto the "c" drive and perform a search (ctrl+f) and search for "dosearch" and delete all the entries it return as a result and also delete the registry file for "dosearch" by running "regedit" in run command and finally you will get rid from it.
once removed from plug-ins and add-ons - in firefox you can also do the following

in the URL location, type in about:config andhit enter. It will warn you to be careful so say yes.

Then, search for "DoSearch" - and you will see it will come up in "newtab.url" (or something like that) - right click and edit, and type in a URL (in my case and then dosearch is gone... !!!

plis help me!!!! i cant remove "do searches" let me only in my home of mozilla firefox but does not appear so I can delete it as do you, plis, i have 2 virus HELP ME!!!1
Thank you!
Software Dev
This software is installed when you install some freeware software. This is some of the shitheap method of software vendors use if you decide to use a freeware version of their software. It should be illegal and punished with fines because literally every low budget minimal use software out there comes with some sort of frigging tool bar or third party installer in order to spam your system
Have tried the advise above with limited success. Just for the record - dosearch entered my computer when I installed Cool Timer. The installation ignored my denial requests and installed anyway. Cool Timer is the real culprit for associating themselves with such rubbish.
Has this issue on a friends computer. Tried every step and browser still went to After looking over every little thing i could think of, i right clicked on the start menu shortcut for chrome. In the box labeled target, the dosearches url was added. once i removed the info. Chrome was back to working. Hope this helps someone else.
best idea is to unistall your browser and install it again (at least worked with google chrome). nothing else helped
I uninstalled the browser and removes the software from my computer and this crap its still there. I go to extensions on /both/ Chrome and Firefox but its not there. Im tired of this shit. Can someone give me a real solution?
yes this was obviously not too informative, the solution after UN-installing is as follow.
1- remove it in program features
2 - in IE add-ons look in search providers and remove there too
3 - right click IE explorer shortcut & properties - you will see the URL for DO SEARCH.COM there too,remove it

you should be fine now.
Another way it infests your computer is by changing your links via the short-cut icons. This way, when you start up your programs, it will always come back. So you can change your settings all you want, it will come back if you do not remove it from the short cuts. So, right-click on the shortcut, look at the TARGET, and delete the references to the DOSEARCH website.... Good luck guys. It is a horrid thing to have come up all the time.
Mahmoud Fawzi
do the following remove do serache

go to your Desktop>right click chrome icon >proprieties >in Target remove the follwoing

done :)
what do you put in instead?
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