MetaSearch (also known as MetaSearch Search Engine) is a suspicious search engine, which has been linked to browser hijackers. That's because it works by displaying slightly altered search results and then rerouting its users to predetermined websites. In most of the cases, these domains seek to increase the number of their visitors, page ranks or even sales. Basically, they are connected to this browser hijacker and pay the money for these services. If MetaSearch virus manages to get inside its target PC system, it may not only hijack each of web browsers, including well known Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It may also try to change your default search engine or the start page without your approval. Once these changes are done, it may start its redirections to quickmetasearch.com, linkshelper.com and similar domains. Of course, you can also find yourself on suspicious websites that may be used for spreading questionable programs. That's why you should be very careful with such search sites. This potentially unwanted program runs on every Windows startup, so the only real method that can be used for disabling it is its removal. For that we recommend SpyHunter.
MetaSearch doesn't spread like a virus because it is not a virus. It is just a potentially unwanted program that may be installed either manually or in a bundle with other programs. For avoiding this, you should be very careful when installing freeware on your computer. We highly recommend selecting Custom or Advanced installation method that allows seeing what components (browser add-ons, extensions, plugins, toolbars, etc.) are hiding inside. For getting ability to opt out of them you should select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and then uncheck all unfamiliar check marks. If MetaSearch hijacks the system, it may initiate such changes as registry's modification, installation of its files, etc. Once these changes are done, you may start suffering from constant redirections to various domains, including quickmetasearch.com or linkshelper.com. If your Internet Explorer's or other web browser's home page or a default search engine have been replaced by metasearch.com, you should check your computer with the reputable anti-spyware. Otherwise, you may not only be tricked into visiting questionable websites. You may also be tricked into downloading other suspicious programs to your computer. Besides, just like any other suspicious search engine, MetaSearch hijacker may start tracking your browsing sessions and may collect information about search queries, mostly visited websites, data that you enter on each of them and similar details. In addition, it may also copy your PC's IP address, location, etc.
Fortunately, in order to remove MetaSearch hijacker from your computer, you don't have to be a genius. You can do that either with a help of a reputable anti-spyware or with a help ofthis step-by-step guide that is given below. According to our security experts, you should opt for scanning your computer with reputable anti-malware because it will help you to make sure that all suspicious programs, including adwares, browser hijackers and viruses, are gone.MetaSearch properties:
You can remove MetaSearch 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.
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 MetaSearch or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
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.
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 MetaSearch 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: 01/12/15 01:44;
information updated: 01/12/15 01:44