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.
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.
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:Related files: servehost.exe, anfad.sys, fad.sys
You can remove SearchNet 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.
Uninstall SearchNet and related programs
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.
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 SearchNet or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Remove SearchNet from Windows shortcuts
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.
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Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.
Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by SearchNet:
• Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
• Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
• Appearance of new tabs
• Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
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.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
Information added: 2014-08-13 01:48
Information updated: 2014-08-13 01:48