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Remove virus (Removal Guide) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Euro Search virus makes you change your browsing habits virus offers a search engine that is considered untrustworthy and even potentially dangerous one. It is usually promoted by a free program that is classified as a browser hijacker[1]. It can directly hijack Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or other web browsers and make them automatically redirect you to on a daily basis.

Euro Search virus aims to deliver search results based on user's browsing habits. Normally, it tracks one's search queries, browsing history and other browsing-related information. Consequently, it connects to ad networks and delivers ads based on your interests. Unfortunately, these ads might lead you to dangerous websites that might offer you untrustworthy content such as vague surveys or download links for spyware (in the worst case – malware).

The described Euro search tool is usually advertised on questionable websites. However, if you decide to set it as default homepage and search engine, it might make other alterations in the browser settings:

  • display third party advertising content[2];
  • share non-personal information with business partners.

You should not tolerate such behavior not only because it is highly annoying, but risk-posing as well. It might be a high time for you to cease using this search tool and remove for good. You may do so faster with the assistance of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Euro search virus, alternatively called as Startsearch virus (causes repetitious redirects to, functions as a search tool. Regarding its home page, it seems to target European netizens solely. Taking into account the fact that the developers provided an Italian contact address, Italian users[3] are likely to encounter the promotional ads of this search tool. hijack virus (also found as Euro Search virus) is a questionable program that meddles with browser's settings and forces the victim use a shady search tool.

Identifying browser hijackers that provide fake search results

Elaborating on the former, you might ridicule the question whether it is possible to mistake a browser hijacker for a search tool. Observing the growing number of such search tools as EuroSearch, such problem does not seem so absurd anymore.

The problem is that sometimes you may not tell the difference at all especially if the “so-called browser hijackers” use Google or Yahoo as databases.

Nonetheless, vigilant users will spot certain characteristics which might signal the shady origin of the tool. Euro Search contains them as well.

Questions about virus

Even though it does not bombard users with distracting ads right from its home page like YeaDesktop, but it does deliver third party ads beside the search results. Indeed, Google also displays ads. However, in the case of this search engine, it may trade the collected information about your visited websites, frequent search services with third parties as well.

Startsearch may share aggregated demographic information about users with third party advertising and content companies. This information does not identify individual users and Startsearch do not link aggregate user data with Personal Information.

Due to such cooperation, you might be bothered by occasional redirect issue as well. No one can assure that you won’t be redirected to the potentially dangerous website. So, it’s better not to risk and get rid of this tool.

If you value your online privacy[4] and want to avoid other undesired activities, you should perform removal. The detailed instructions are presented below the article.

Prevent hijackers from changing your browser settings

Just like other browser hijackers, this one is also so persistent in promoting its services in software packages. Therefore, it may hijack the browser during careless software installation. 

To prevent installation of this potentially unwanted tool, you should choose Custom/Advanced settings when installing any kind of freeware. Selecting these settings will give you access to extra items bundled with your download and allow you to drop them off.

In addition, you may have been redirected to its web page after visiting the domain of its business partner. Most likely, the components of Euro Search net are placed in gaming and movie streaming sites. However, if you encounter the offer to download this tool, you just need to ignore it.

Remove Euro Search virus from your PC and restore browser settings

You need to perform removal to eliminate each of this suspicious search tool's components. You may do it faster with the assistance of malware elimination utility. However, if you want to eliminate the hijacker manually, rely on instructions provided by our security experts.

To remove virus automatically, just install the preferred application, update it and scan the browser. It will take a couple of minutes to remove Euro Net Search elements. Check your browser for suspicious toolbars[5] or extensions as well.

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 virus, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

If you suspect that other suspicious programs may have been installed to your PC, follow the steps below and investigate the system. Uninstall StartSearch, EuroSearch and other shady components.

Do not forget to fix browser shortcuts – for example, if you are using Internet Explorer, you should:

  1. Right-click on its shortcut, go to Properties and then to Shortcut tab.
  2. Here, you should fix modifications the hijacker has made to the Target field.
  3. Find the malicious link placed after “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” and delete it. Repeat the same thing with other browsers' shortcuts.

    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 and related programs
      Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

    Get rid of from Mac OS X system

    1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
    2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

    Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

    If you cannot remove from your homepage, reset Internet Explorer as shown below:

    1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
    2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
    3. 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.
    4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
    5. Reset Internet Explorer
      Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
    6. Here, select Reset.
    7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

    Remove virus from Microsoft Edge

    Check Microsoft Edge for suspicious extensions by following these instructions:

    Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

    1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
    2. Click Settings to open more options.
    3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
    4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
    5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
    6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
    7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
    8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

    Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

    If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

    1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
    2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
    3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
    4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
    5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
    6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
      Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
      Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

    Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

    Uninstall from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

    In order to guarantee full EuroSearch/StartSearch removal, you may reset the browser to its default settings.

    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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

    Eliminate from Google Chrome

    If you suspect that your browser may have been infected with so-called Euro Search virus, these instructions will help you to fix 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

    Erase 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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