Do-search.com replaces your default homepage and even reappears after your repair it? In this article you will find how to remove this do-search.com homepage or do search browser hijacker and prevent its return permanently.
What is Do-search.com (Do Search)?
Do-search.com (Do Search) is a browser hijacker that hijacks web browser homepage and default search engine to display ads or even record user’s search habits. Similar to other stubborn browser hijackers including Qvo6, Nation Zoom, Aartemis.com, or Delta-homes, Do-search.com claims to be global meta search engine providing users with best results, however it just utilizes search results from Google, Yahoo, Bing or even other reputable search engines. Actually there is no real search technology in it.
As such, Do-search.com or Do Search serves as an ads-supporting platform to promote advertisements or site ranking using blackSEO techniques. We would never recommend you to use it or keep it long because with Do Search, you will end up with misleading ads filled among those real search results from Google, Yahoo and the like, which even cause more redirects and other search issues.
The image of Do-search.com hijacker
Typically, Do-search.com comes bundled with other free downloads from the Internet, even including some very popular download sites like CNET and Softonic. These bunding freeware can be software informer, download manager, audio/video player, PDF converter, etc.
Do-search.com or Do Search browser hijacker is very tricky, since it not only modifies home page and default search engine, it also adds its shortcut to properties of your web browser. Thus, you still see Do-search.com as your homepage when you open web browser even after you repair your homepage and default search engine. It seems that you are forced to use Do Search services, which are for sure not unreliable.
Is Do-search.com/Do Search a virus?
Do-search.com or Do Search is not technically a virus. As we mentioned above, it is a browser hijacker, categorized as PUP by the industry, to cause tricky browser hijacking issues and floods of ads, or web search tracking.
Do-search.com exploits real results from popular search engine like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
In view of Do Search as an ads promoter, it can compromise user’s online privacy security considering it uses tracking cookies to record user’s search habits in order to display more related ads, or even uses java scripts to pilfer users login information.
Needless to mention that Do Search coming in a sneaky way, and causing annoying web search hijacking issues, it is definitely not safe to use it or even keep it long.
Remove Do-search.com and related PUP upon sight. Below is a removal guide to get rid of this browser hijacker with details. Good luck and be safe online.
Be careful of these similar stubborn browser hijackers:
—–To permanently prevent Do-Search.com or Do Search from being made your homepage, you can take below tips into practice:
♥ 1. Use caution when surfing online. Basically you should ensure turn on security features of your web browser (see detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome). Or you can also make full use of some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker (download) to block any tricky pop up ads or risky/phishing websites to trick you into downloading PUP or even malware.
♥ 2. Use caution when you do need to install some freeware from the Internet, ensure it is malware-free also with no extra bundles.
♥ 3. Pay close attention when you are installing some freeware from the Internet. Always opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step and finally find unwanted programs are bundled.
♥ 4. During the install, be attentive about pre-checked items. If anything unwanted or suspiciously risky, uncheck it to continue the install.
♥ 5. Chances are some PUP still installed even after you deselect it to install. Then, the last solution would be to uninstall the PUP and the undling software.
Please note, the removal of Do-search.com or Do Search browser hijacker may be tricky because the author makes it tricky enough to delete. To get rid of such stubborn browser hijacker, you need not only to uninstall all related PUP from computer, but also have to repair browser settings, and delete the shortcut from web browser’s properties. See details below to keep your system clean and safe.
How to Get Rid of Do-search.com Homepage (Do Search Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)
Step 1. Uninstall related PUP from computer
Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:
Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to Do Search or Do-search.com redirects, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of Do Search hijacking within your web browser.
Option 1. Automatic Uninstall
Anvi Uninstaller featured in Cloud System Booster contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.
To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:
1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster.
(Safe download link: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html)
2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run.
3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.
Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker or PUP.
Then you will see below window
Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.
And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel
Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:
For Win 8 users: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.
For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.
Step 2. Remove Do-search.com homepage from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
Choose an option your prefer below:
→ highly recommended for users using multiple web browsers
Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar
1. To remove search redirects from web browser, generally there are mainly three aspects in fixing browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome: remove add-on and related search engine, fix the homepage. Now to conveniently repair the browser settings, you can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar.
a. Download and install
Anvi Slim Toolbar download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html
b. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen.
c. Find and locate related/unwanted browser add-on and remove it from the appeared list.
e. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.
2. To delete the shortcut from IE, Firefox and Chrome, you can follow below instructions:
In IE: Locate IE icon on desktop and right click it to navigate to Properties →Shortcut →Target, and then select the do-search.com url in the target text box to delete it via right-click menu.
In Firefox: Locate Firefox icon on desktop and right click it to navigate to Properties →Shortcut →Target, and then select the do-search.com url in the target text box to delete it via right-click menu.
In Chrome: Locate Google Chrome icon on desktop and right click to navigate to Properties →Shortcut →Target, and then select the do-search.com url in the target text box to delete it via right-click menu.
After all done, reopen your web browser to check.
1. Remove extension
Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.
2. Remove startup page
Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page
Then locate it and click X to remove the do-search.com startup page.
3. Remove homepage
Then locate the Appearance area, select the Show Home button and click Change.
Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.
4. Remove related search engine
Browser hijacker also changes your default search engine in chrome. Check it and choose your preferred search engine as default.
Find Search area, click manage search engines… button.
Then, make your preferred search engine, like Google.com, as default and then remove any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.
5. Remove shortcut from Chrome properties.
Now close Chrome and find its desktop icon. Right-click its desktop icon and navigate to Properties → Shortcut
Remove do-search.com from target text box.
When finished, open Chrome to check if the issue is gone.
1. Reconfigure Firefox
Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.
Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.
Then, on the appeared window, type Do-search.com in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.
2. Remove shortcut from Firefox properties
Now close Mozilla Firefox, and then right-click its desktop icon to navigate to Properties → Shortcut.
Remove the url do-search.com from the Target text box.
When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.
1. Remove add-on
Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on
There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.
Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.
2. Remove Search provider
Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for related or unwanted search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )
3. Reset homepage
Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate → General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like www.google.com in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.
4. Remove shortcut from Internet Explorer properties
Now close Internet Explorer, and right click its desktop icon to navigate to Properties → Shortcut
Remove the do-search.com from the text box of Target
Step 3. Remove hidden components using Antimalware
To remove any potentially risky components hidden in the system, it is necessary to use antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:
1. Download and install
Anvi Smart Defender free version Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
(If you want more protection of Anvi Smart Defender like to immune to future threats, you may upgrade it here. )
2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button.
3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.
Step 4. Remove tracking cookies, key leftovers to maintain system performance
This browser hijacker Do-search.com uses its tracking cookies or other means to track your online search habit and access to all your browser data, it is necessary to remove the related browser data including its tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival and secure your online privacy. In this regard, Cloud System Booster would be helpful. Not only will it help you automatically clean the browser data, but also it will maintain your system performance in order to return a smooth uncluttered OS.
Cloud System Booster free version download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
Cloud System Booster Pro: www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
Instructions: 1. Download and install.
2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.
2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.
Recommended for a slow PC→
If you want deep optimization, it is a good idea to defrag your hard disk using Anvi Ultimate Defrag:
This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html
Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker
To block malicious websites and pop up ads for safer surfing online, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would be a nice choice. It provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.
Anvi AD Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html
Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.
Not only can this tool help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this do-search.com by adding the URL into its black list.
If any question in the process, leave it below.