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Remove Euro-search.net virus (Removal Guide) - Aug 2017 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Euro Search virus makes you change your browsing habits

Euro-search.net virus

Euro-search.net 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 http://euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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 startsearch.org), 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.

Euro-Search.net hijackEuro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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.

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To remove Euro-search.net virus, follow these steps:

Erase Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net and related programs
      Here, look for Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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.

    Get rid of Euro-search.net from Mac OS X system

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

    Remove Euro-search.net from Applications folder:

    1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
    2. In the Applications folder, look for Euro-search.net-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 Euro-search.net, 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 Euro-search.net and then delete them.
    4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Euro-search.net-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

    Delete Euro-search.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

    If you cannot remove Euro-search.net from your homepage, reset Internet Explorer as shown below:

    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 Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

    Remove Euro-search.net virus from Microsoft Edge

    Check Microsoft Edge for suspicious extensions by following these instructions:

    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 Euro-search.net-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

    Uninstall Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

    Eliminate Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

    Erase Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net 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 Euro-search.net, 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 Euro-search.net 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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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