Title: MetaSearch

Remove MetaSearch
Removal instructions

 
Severity scale:MetaSearch severity is 18  (18 / 100)
 

MetaSearch is a browser hijacker that works for rerouting users to these domains that seek to collect the bigger amount of their visitors. Basically, they are connected to this browser hijacker and pay the money for these services. As soon as MetaSearch virus gets inside the system, it changes the default start page and starts redirections to quickmetasearch.com or linkshelper.com domains. Of course, you can also find yourself on other pages and sites that will be different from your expected ones. The parasite runs on every Windows startup and contacts predefined web servers. It has the ability to update itself via the Internet.

HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH METASEARCH?

MetaSearch doesn't spread and must be manually installed. Once executed, it creates two directories, drops its files in them and modifies the registry and the DNS settings. Once these changes are done, user starts suffering from constant redirections to various domains, including quickmetasearch.com or linkshelper.com. If your Internet Explorer home page and search page are replaced by others every time Windows restarts, you must chack your PC for MetaSearch Adware. 

HOW TO REMOVE METASEARCH?

In order to remove MetaSearch adware, we recommend scanning your computer with reputable anti-malware. Try choosing STOPzilla, SpyHunter and follow these steps: 

  1. Update the program;
  2. Run a full system scan;
  3. Delete any values added to the registry;
  4. Restore the default settings in Internet Explorer.

To delete Registry values, click Start -> Run; Type in regedit and click OK. Then navigate to and detele its Rwegistry entries shown below. 

To restore the default settings in IE, Click Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now select 'Internet Options' > 'Programs' tab > click 'Reset Web Settings' and OK.

MetaSearch properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

Automatic MetaSearch removal:

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SpyHunter is recommended remover to uninstall MetaSearch. You should confirm using free trial that it detects current version of parasite.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

If you failed to remove MetaSearch using SpyHunter, submit question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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MetaSearch snapshot:

MetaSearch manual removal:

Kill processes:
uninst.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1B9CB0F8-118B-49C1-956D-B703E976F8E3}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B54BFA47-D897-49CA-9657-05EC9F80A32B}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\STLinks.STLinksCtrl
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\STLinks.STLinksCtrl.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\HomePage.HomePageCtrl
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\HomePage.HomePageCtrl.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{73A90743-6A64-425D-B4EA-44D7C839F565}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{F93C87CE-0318-47DA-803A-3BA4C8FC0D62}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{D31B7025-CC3A-40EA-B1D5-139EA9B70D00}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{D77EECF7-095D-4437-A6F7-4E1D4000A8AA}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
\{1B9CB0F8-118B-49C1-956D-B703E976F8E3}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
\{B54BFA47-D897-49CA-9657-05EC9F80A32B}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Quick Home Search
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\LinksHelper
Delete files:
%ProgramFiles%\STHomePage\STHomePage2.dll
%ProgramFiles%\STHomePage\uninst.exe
%ProgramFiles%\STLinks\stiel.dat
%ProgramFiles%\STLinks\STLinks2.dll
%ProgramFiles%\STLinks\uninst.exe
Delete directories:
C:\Program Files\STLinks
C:\Program Files\STHomePage

Geolocation of MetaSearch:

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

QR code for MetaSearch removal instructions:

MetaSearch 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 MetaSearch 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 MetaSearch right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
Information added: 2012-11-07 05:10:23
Information updated: 2012-11-07 05:10:23

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