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MetaSearch | Type: Browser Hijackers

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 or 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.


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 or 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. 


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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MetaSearch manual removal

Kill processes:
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Quick Home Search
Delete files:
Delete directories:
C:\Program Files\STLinks
C:\Program Files\STHomePage

Geolocation of MetaSearch

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

Information added: 11/07/12 05:10; information updated: 11/07/12 05:10

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