Title: SearchNet
Also known as: SearchNet virus

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Severity scale:SearchNet severity is 36  (36 / 100)
 

SearchNet is a browser hijacker, which can easily change your computer's settings and then start initiating annoying redirects to unfamiliar websites. When having this program on your PC, you may notice changes in your default search engine and start page. In addition to that, people report about altered search results that are filled with commercial content. Of course, this is done for a very simple reason - SearchNet virus seeks to make you enter specific websites and help to earn some easy money for its creators in this way. Please, be very careful with that because you can never be sure that you won't be redirected to unsafe places that are infected with seriously dangerous cyber infections. If you want to stop this annoying activity, you should change your browsers' settings back to normal and then remove SearchNet from your computer.

How can SearchNet hijack my computer?

SearchNet is one of those hijackers that enter computers unnoticed. In order to avoid such cyber infections, you should always make sure that your computer is protected by reputable anti-spyware. In addition to that, you should stay away from corrupted websites and start paying more attention to the installation process of free applications. When downloading such free programs as download managers, PDF creators and games, you should choose only Custom or Advanced installation process. Once you choose, you should carefully follow each installation step and uncheck all check boxes that agree to change the start page/default search engine or install third-party programs from unknown sources. If you leave the check box, which says that you agree to make SearchNet, www-search.net or other search site your default search engine, be prepared for annoying SearchNet redirects and similar issues.

How to remove SearchNet virus?

Technically, this search site is not a virus or malware. However, it is used for totally annoying activities, such as redirects, slow downs and similar issues. If you want to avoid them, you should remove SearchNet from your computer. You can do that by following these steps:

  • Uninstall a Search-Results Toolbar:

1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for recently installed/unfamiliar applications, such as SearchNet, www-search.net, etc.
3. Click 'Uninstall' and then OK to save the changes.

Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Gear icon -> 'Manage Add-ons'.
2. Here, look for SearchNet and similar entries, and remove them.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on the gear icon again and select 'Internet options'.
4. Remove www-search.net or other unknown search engine and enter your preferred domain name.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the gear icon again, select 'Manage Add-ons' -> 'Search Providers',
6. Set your preferred search engine.

Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select 'Add-ons' -> 'Extensions'.
2. Here, select SearchNet, etc., and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click Firefox, choose 'Options'
4. Here, eliminate www-search.net or other unknown search engine and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon and question mark icon
6. Here, click 'Troubleshooting Information' and click 'Reset Firefox'.

Google Chrome:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select 'Tools' -> 'Extensions'.
2. Here, select SearchNet, etc., and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose 'Settings' -> 'On startup' section -> 'set pages'
4. Here, eliminate www-search.net or other unknown search engine by clicking on the "X" and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> 'Settings' -> 'Search' section
6. Here, click 'Manage Search Engines...' and add your preferred domain name.



Related files: servehost.exe, anfad.sys, fad.sys

SearchNet properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

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SearchNet manual removal:

Kill processes:
searchnet.exe, servehost.exe, serveup.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\cdnctr
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SearchNet_Up
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[X]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Anfad
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_ANFAD
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\[X]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_[X]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FAD
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_FAD
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Remote Log
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\IEHpr.InterCept
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\IEHpr.InterCept.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2A0176FE-008B-4706-90F5-BBA532A49731}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{3CE496D1-1746-41CD-9489-3C0B93DF10E2}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{52BEA5F9-7E3F-490A-B7E8-9BD5DDDEE5DF}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{D1AFED83-9133-4660-8C8F-DAF1B4A3D5A8}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{158919D3-4CAB-4109-9755-9AE794D5B2DE}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E8D3778F-47D3-4F1F-9245-3D46856936E4}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{2A0176FE-008B-4706-90F5-BBA532A49731}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{3CE496D1-1746-41CD-9489-3C0B93DF10E2}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{2A0176FE-008B-4706-90F5-BBA532A49731}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{3CE496D1-1746-41CD-9489-3C0B93DF10E2}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SearchNet
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ZSXZ
Delete files:
searchnet.exe, servehost.exe, serveup.exe, snhpr.dll, srvnet32.dll, [X].dll, anfad.sys, fad.sys, [X].sys
Delete directories:
C:\Program Files\SearchNet

QR code for SearchNet removal instructions:

SearchNet 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 SearchNet 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 SearchNet right in your pocket.

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Information added: 2014-05-19 02:57:57
Information updated: 2014-05-19 02:57:57

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Bart
thank you sooo much…..u saved me the trouble and time of taking my pc to the store……thnks a million….all ur steps work and did fix my problem!!



I have antivirus tool installed in my computer but then too I don’t know from where it has entered. Any one let me know about this???

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