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Remove Aiosearch.com virus (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Feb 2019

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

AioSearch is a search engine that spreads as a browser extension for Google Chrome or other browsers

The screenshot of Aiosearch.com hijacker

Aiosearch.com is a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program that spreads with the help of software bundling or via the insecure sites. The tool allegedly compiles multiple search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo and others. Another part of the infection, AioSearch, is a browser extension for Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or other browsers. The application alters new tab address, homepage (which is filled with links to unsafe torrent sites) and a new tab functionality, displaying alternative search results. Additionally, AIO Search is known to redirect users to suspicious websites and deliver intrusive ads for monetization purposes with the help of pay-per-click[1] scheme.

Name Aiosearch.com
Extension AioSearch
Type Browser hijacker
Related Torrent virus
Distribution Software bundling, Google web store, insecure sites
Main dangers Malware installation, personal data leak
Elimination Install anti-malware software or check our manual removal guide below
Recovery Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to recover from AIO Search virus damage

The primary theme of AioSearch is to provide thousands of links to torrent sites, in addition to legitimate search engines. It is a well-known fact that torrent sites, similarly to porn ones, are not safe to use.[2] They often lack the security precaution used by legitimate website owners and lend out ad space for malicious actors that can abuse software vulnerabilities to inject malware automatically. Therefore, AioSearch hijack should not be ignored, as navigating to unsafe sites can easily lead to malware infection.

Though AioSearch website aims to encompass everything and satisfy even the pickiest users’ needs, such excessive advertising of third parties inevitably leads to security concerns.

It is commendable that the AIO Search domain provides the privacy policy, but it contains several ambiguities. Indeed, it disclaims of collecting personal information, but considering the number of third party services stuffed into the website, your privacy still remains under the question.[3]

Users who value their privacy may proceed to Aiosearch.com removal. You can opt for automatic elimination with the help of automated tools (especially if you surfed through torrent sites) or make use of our manual instructions below. Additionally, we suggest you scan your device with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to restore the system to its healthy state.

Aiosearch.com virus sampleAiosearch.com offers you a wide choice, however, the quality of offered services remains a disputable issue.

Quantity surpasses quality

This saying perfectly defines the services promoted by Aio Search virus. Though it promotes some legitimate domains, but persistent “activities” of one tool may interfere with another – in short, you might get crammed with ads and commercial offers.

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There is no surprise if you get to a corrupted domain due to AioSearch.com redirect issue. What is more, even if you a fan of gaming or can’t help downloading a movie torrent, you will soon find out that some of the offered torrent sites simply do not work.

Some of the AioSearch affiliated third parties, such as Mindspark Interactive Network which offers you ask.com services, might aggressively promote their services which result in users’ frustration. They also spy on users’ online habits quite aggressively.

Note that some of the domains may even identify your email address and pile you with spam messages. Such emails may not always be harmless.[4] Firefox and Chrome users are likely to be bombarded with the promotional offers as it offers its AIO Search extension in Chrome Web Store and offers Firefox toolbar.

Speaking of the specifically targeted countries, the search engine does manifest a preference, thus, whether you live in Denmark[5] or Czech Republic, you should get rid of the extension and toollbar right away.

Aiosearch offers VPNWhile VPN is great tool that helps you protect your privacy, do not download such apps from deceptive sites like Aiosearch.com.

Spreading the PUP in multiple ways

Since the hijacker partners with multiple search engines, torrent sites, search engine, service providers, it is not surprising if you get redirected to this domain after visiting one of the affiliated domains.

Speaking of AioSearch.com hijack, hardly you will encounter it, but you should not exclude the probability that it may travel as an optional download option attached to free application. Thus, retain vigilance while downloading any application. Choosing “Custom” or “Advanced” settings will enable you to pinpoint similar applications on time and stop their installation.

If you opt for using torrent services regardless of dangers, we suggest you take extra precaution measures:

  • Use a reliable VPN (note: torrent sites may offer the VPN. NEVER download these tools and rely on official applications instead);
  • Make use of ad-blocking software;
  • Employ an anti-virus program;
  • Scan all download files with tools like Virus Total;
  • Do not download “cracks” or “keygens”;
  • Update your system and the installed software to prevent hackers from exploiting its vulnerabilities.

AioSearch elimination suggestions

Since this search engine does not only alter your default browsing engine settings, but it may also lead you into accepting its browser extension and add-on, you should perform AioSearch removal with care.
Uninstall its primary search engine and delete associated browser extensions.

You can do it manually. Our below provided instructions will help you stay on track. Speaking of a faster solution, you may remove AioSearch.com virus with the assistance of malware elimination tool.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Aiosearch.com virus, follow these steps:

Erase Aiosearch.com from Windows systems

To uninstall Aio Search from Windows, make sure you remove all of its components, including Dogpile Search engine, DuckDuckGo and others.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall Aiosearch.com and related programs
    Here, look for Aiosearch.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Aiosearch.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

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.

Remove Aiosearch.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Aiosearch.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Aiosearch.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Aiosearch.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Aiosearch.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Aiosearch.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Aiosearch.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Aiosearch.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Aiosearch.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Aiosearch.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Aiosearch.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Aiosearch.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix Firefox, proceed thru every step given below. If the problem persists, make sure you get rid of Aio Search web scripts by resetting your web browser.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Aiosearch.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Aiosearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Aiosearch.com from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Aiosearch.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Aiosearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Aiosearch.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Aiosearch.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Aiosearch.com, 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. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. 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 Aiosearch.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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