Removal instructions

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  (13/100) is also known as Do Searches, redirect, hijack | Type: Browser Hijackers

What is (also known as Do Searches) is an untrustworthy search engine, which is mostly used for promoting affiliate websites and third parties that control them. That's why it may try to return irrelevant search results during your searches. In addition, people who have been using this search engine for some time claim that it may also start displaying an increased amount of commercial ads, may slow down each of web browsers and may initiate other unwanted activities on your computer. No, we don't claim that it's a malicious program, which can ruin your PC system. However, it can easily initiate havoc on it for making you to visit specific sites. No matter that it looks like Google or other trustworthy search engine, you should be very careful when using Do Searches Search because it may also start tracking your browsing on the web and may collect information, which is related to your search terms, mostly visited websites, data that you enter on each of web sites, etc. If you have already noticed that this search engine on each of your web browsers (it may hijack Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and other browsers), you may expect to see a new start page and default search engine. After that, you may start suffering from redirects and other unwanted activities that may interrupt each of your browsing sessions. In this case, you should waste no time and remove this questionable search engine from your computer. For that you can easily use SpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware. 


There are many users who claim that Do Searches is a virus. They report that it has showed up on their computers without a clear permission asked and that it can't be removed from the system using a traditional method. They are wrong because this search engine can hardly infiltrate computer thru its backdoors. In most of the cases, it is spread using bundling. This method is closely related to free downloads, such as PDF creators, video streaming software, video recording software and similar freeware. In order to prevent Dosearches infiltration, you should remember that freeware and shareware is always filled with optional components and may also be set to offer changes for the start page and the default search engine. That's why we highly recommend monitoring installation process of such programs and unchecking these check marks that suggest such changes. For that, you should always select Custom or Advanced installation method. Once DoSearches gets inside the system, it may immediately show 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, they can easily follow these manual removal steps or may simply opt for automatic removal method:

Automatic Removal Guide

You can remove 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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Step 1

Uninstall and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Windows 8
  • 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.
Uninstall and related programs
  • Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

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 or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2

Remove from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • 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 Safari Step 4
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 Safari Step 4
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 Safari Step 4
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.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4
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 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, 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 removal process.

Step 4

Complete removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Information added: 03/04/15 03:48; information updated: 03/04/15 03:48

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Oh and for the record, this program came when I downloaded Python for school!
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?
this worked for me. thanks so much
Ive tried everything here and its still there nothing works for me
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
Rabbits advice worked for me. Thanks a lot rabbit. But what of this bit about editing the registry Ive heard of? Im curious.
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))
thanx RABBIT it works with me.
Worked for me!! Yay. Thanks!!!!
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
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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