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How to Remove Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus?

 

Keeps being redirected to defaultsear.ch recently and the homepage of your installed web browser has been hijacked to defaultsear.ch? Want to restore the browser settings? Read on this article to get rid of this redirect virus.

 

What Is Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus?

 

Defaultsear.ch is a browser hijacker that changes the settings of your installed web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) without your knowledge or consent. Once it sneaks into your computer, the homepage and default search engine of your web browser will be changed to defaultsear.ch.

After being infected by this Defaulsear.ch redirect virus, you will be brought to defaulsear.ch whenever you launch your browser or search on it. Defaultsear.ch is search engine resembles google, but it is an ad-supported search engine. In the search results, it will present you ads and sponsored links. It will also spy your browsing habits and collect search terms from your search queries to feed more precise advertisements.

Defaultsear.ch redirect virus

 

How Does Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus Infect a Computer?

 

In most instances, Defaultsear.ch redirect virus comes bundled with other free software such as download-manager, media player or toolbar. When you install such applications, you will also agree to change your browser settings, especially when you install with recommended installation.

Bear in mind that always opt for custom/advanced installation that you can deselect unwanted programs or settings when you install a free software.

It can also be distributed via spam email, so in that sense, don’t click on links or open attachments from untrusted sources

 

How to Remove Defaultsear.ch Redirect Virus?

                                                                                                           

The outline of Defaultsear.ch redirect virus removal guide:

Step 1 Uninstall Defaultsear.ch Related Programs through Control Panel

Step 2 Check and repair the residual damages to your browser

Step 3 Repair you installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar (You are recommended to follow this step to repair your installed browser for the names of the extension and search engine added are different according to the way you are infected with this redirect virus.)

Step 4 Clean the useless registry entries and residual files

                                                                                                           

 

Step 1 Uninstall Defaultsear.ch Related Programs through Control Panel

 

You should be aware that defaultsear.ch redirect can be caused by the installation of different programs, so the program you are to uninstall may be in different name. You could uninstall all the unwanted and unknown third-party applications that installed around the time this redirect first occurred.

In my it is the installation of Privitize VPN causes the defaultsear.ch redirect, and it installed MagniPic and toolbar on IE and Chrome to assist the hijacking.
 
Windows 7/Vista: Go to Star Menu → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → Locate Privitize VPN, MagniPic and toolbar on IE and Chrome → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Windows XP: Go to Star Menu → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → search for Privitize VPN, MagniPic and toolbar on IE and Chrome → Click on Remove button to remove them one by one

 

Step 2 Check and repair the residual damages to your browser

 

In most cases, after uninstalling this applications, the extension added would have been removed. In order to have your web browser work correctly again, you should go through the steps below to check and restore your browser settings.

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

 

2. To change homepage: hit General tab in the menu → replace http://defaultsear.ch/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

ie-homepage

 

3. To reset search provider: click on Settings button under Search to get Manage Add-on window → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click Search The Web (Privitize) → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

ie-search engine-1

 

4. To remove extension: go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on MagniPic → choose Disable/Remove in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

 

Alternative Solution: Reset IE to its default state

If you think the setting process is complicated or you can’t find the items mentioned above, you can follow this solution to reset IE to its default state.

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

2. Switch to Advanced tab in the window and click on the Reset button.

3. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.

ie-reset

4. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.

 

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

1. To remove extensions: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove MagniPic

 

2. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

 

3. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate Search The Web (Privitize) → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

FF-search engine

 

 

Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state

This solution is easy to follow, but you will lose your customized settings.

1. Click on orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information in the sub-menu.

firefox-reset-1

 

2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.

firefox-reset-2

 

3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported.

 

 

For Google Chrome Users:

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://defaultsear.ch/ by clicking the X at the end of the bar

chrome set pages

 

2. To change homepage: hit Change →change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire

Chrome-homepage

 

3. To reset default search engine: Select Google from the list under Search → hit Manage search engine → set Google as your default search engine → remove Search The Web (Privitize) from the list

chrome search engine

 

4. To remove extension: click Extensions above Settings → locate MagniPic → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

Chrome-extension

 

Step 3 Repair you installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Also, you can download and install a tool to assist you to complete the repair of your browser. Anvi Slim Toolbar is such an application.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button
Anvi Slim Toolbar-toolbar removal

 

3. Modify browser settings:

Go to Browser Repair tab → chose the browser you are going to repair → set the homepage to your preferred website → select a desired search engine → click on the Repair button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair 1

 

Step 4 Clean the useless registry entries and residual files

 

After remove Defaultsear.ch redirect virus, some registry keys and junk files are still on your computer. This residual files may slow down the performance of your computer over time, so you should clean up your computer after uninstall application. Try Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button.

Cloud System Booster-Boost

 

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-Clean

 

Now, the Defaultsear.ch redirect virus should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encounter any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.

 

Recommended—Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser

 

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on.

Internet Explorer: turn on the Pop-up blocker in IE

IE-pop-up blocker

Mozilla Firefox: click on the orange Firefox button → select Options → go to Security tab → check all the items above Passwords

FF-security setting

Google Chrome: click on Settings → hit Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page → check all the useful items, especially Enable phishing and malware protection

Chrome-security setting

And you can make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to create a clean online environment. It can block pop up ads and prevent you to land on malicious websites.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php