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Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com is a dubious browser hijacker that might automatically download malicious files on your device

Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com

Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com is a potentially unwanted program that modifies web browser settings of Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and redirects to hxxp://www.alphashoppers.co/ext/index.html?partid=gtdvsch&subid= domain. 

Browser hijackers like Searchroute usually enter via software bundling or are installed intentionally by users, without knowing the dangers of the application. Once inside, it initiates unwanted behavior, such as an automated download of unwanted suspicious files, redirects to unknown domains, display of sponsored links at the top of search results via the Alpha Shoppers search engine, etc.

Besides, Searchroute virus engages in information gathering practices – it might result in money loss and sensitive data exposure to unknown third parties (or even cybercriminals). Therefore, if you found your homepage, new tab URL and search engine altered, you should immediately initiate Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com removal process – we are here to guide you through it.

Name Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Infection methods Software bundles, third-party sites, ads
Symptoms Altered search engine and new tab functionality, redirects to suspicious domains, display of various ads, sponsored search results, etc.
Redirects hxxp://searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com/api/gtdvsch/hp/index.html?subid=, hxxp://www.alphashoppers.co/ext/index.html?partid=gtdvsch&subid=
Termination Uninstall PUPs using anti-malware software or by checking our manual removal guide below
Recovery To fix virus damage, scan your computer with Reimage

Browser hijackers are usually relatively harmless computer infections and can be terminated easily. However, the danger of Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com virus lies not within its persistence but rather in its behavior. For example, you should never open automatically-downloaded files – this behavior can lead to serious malware infections, such as ransomware, trojans, or rootkits.[1]

A bit less dangerous but still unwanted behavior of Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com is the rerouting tendencies, as well as sponsored links that might not always be safe. Be aware that, even if the unwanted app redirects the search results to Bing (legitimate source), they are not genuine, and you will see tons of sponsored ads at the top – it would not happen if using the original search engine.

Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com hijack
Searchroute is a potentially unwanted program that might automatically download potentially dangerous files

Searchroute redirects can also lead users to phishing, spoofing,[2] or tech support scam sites. These are usually harmless if not interacted with. On the other hand, providing sensitive information to crooks or installing bogus software might lead to serious privacy risks and money loss. Besides, the hijacker automatically gathers information about your browsing habits in order to show you targeted ads and receive money for it. In the meantime, Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com do nothing for you but ruin your experience.

Therefore, make sure you immediately remove Searchroute from your computer as soon as possible, and never install or open files that might be downloaded while being infected. Check our manual removal guide below or scan your device with anti-malware software – whichever you prefer more. Additionally, we recommend using Reimage after PUP elimination to sweep up the mess it left behind.

Software bundles include potentially unwanted programs and sometimes even malware

Software bundling is a quite old technique used not only by marketing departments but also by potentially unwanted program authors. Initially, the technique should be useful for both parties – a user gets to try a new application for free, and program developers can distribute their product easier.

However, the reality is quite a bit different, and bundles are used to spread not only useful programs that are useful, but also low-quality apps that, due to their behavior, can easily be assigned to PUP category. Unfortunately, the practice can as well be abused by cybercriminals, and malware can be inserted into various freeware installers. Without a doubt, such behavior is mainly typical to torrent and similar less-safe sites that host free apps.

Therefore, you should be very alert when you are installing something – even if it comes from an allegedly trusted source. Third-party sites still actively spread unwanted programs, such as adware and browser hijackers, so being careful during the installation of a new application is a must.

Searchroute altered search results
Searchroute displays altered search results in order to monetize on users' clicked links that belong to sponsors

You should always pick Advanced/Custom installation settings and remove all the ticks from all the boxes to prevent the installation of browser plugins, video converters, download managers, driver updates, system optimizers, and similar bloatware. Additionally, security experts from novirus.uk[3] warn that the rate of malware infections if not using security software is much higher – so make sure you employ a tool that can protect you online.

Searchroute hijacker removal instructions

Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com hijack is always apparent almost straight away due to the changes made to the homepage and the search engine. Unfortunately, some users don't pay attention to that and keep browsing the internet as they normally would. However, they will see the increased amount of ads on all sites they visit, and the way users browser will be significantly influenced.

Therefore, it is vital to remove Searchroute virus before it can result in more dire consequences than a minor annoyance due to ads. It can be done in two ways:

  • Manual – by using our detailed step-by-step guide below;
  • Automatic – by installing anti-malware software and running a full system scan.

While both methods can be as effective as the other, the latter will provide thorough Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com removal and will also protect you from malware and most PUP infections in the future (depending on the security software kind). Nevertheless, you should also take your time and reset all the installed browsers, as hijackers' altered settings might still be present after its termination.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com, follow these steps:

Remove Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com from Windows systems

If your Windows OS is showing signs of a browser hijacker infection, you should perform these steps to delete it:

  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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com and related programs
    Here, look for Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.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.

Erase Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com from Mac OS X system

To remove Searchroute virus from your Mac device, please follow these instructions:

  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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com 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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com 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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com from Microsoft Edge

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, Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Mozilla Firefox reset should be performed as soon as you eliminate the PUP:

  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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.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 Searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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