Remove SearchNet
Removal instructions

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SearchNet is also known as SearchNet virus | Type: Browser Hijackers

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:

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

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

Automatic SearchNet Removal Guide

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.

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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

Manual SearchNet Removal Guide

Step 1

Uninstall SearchNet and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for SearchNet or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

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.

Step 2

Remove SearchNet from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

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.

Step 3

Remove SearchNet from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for SearchNet and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete SearchNet removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select SearchNet and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete SearchNet removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select SearchNet and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete SearchNet removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for SearchNet or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by SearchNet, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete SearchNet removal process.

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Information added: 08/13/14 01:48; information updated: 08/13/14 01:48

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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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