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How to Remove Do Searches Virus and Dosearches.com Redirect?

 

The homepage of your internet browser has been hijacked to dosearches.com and you are constantly redirected to search.yahoo.com? Wondering how to get your internet browser work correctly again? This article offers a detailed guide on how to remove this redirect virus. Read on.

 

 

What Is Do Searches Virus?

 

 

Do Searches is a browser hijacker that is compatible with most of the popular web browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Once it finds its way onto your computer, it will change the homepage, startup page and new tab page to dosearches.com, and set search.yahoo.com as your default search engine without your consent and knowledge. That’s why your web browser starts up on dosearches.com and your search results are redirected to search.yahoo.com. What’s more, it may also attach the argument http://dosearches.com/ to random Windows shortcuts on your desktop and your Windows Start Menu.

The screenshot of Dosearches.com homepage:

Dosearches.com homepage

 

Do Searches is an ad supported search engine in itself that seeks to display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results. It may also collect and store information about your browsing habit so that it can suggest services or provide advertising.

The screenshot of search.yahoo.com redirect:

us.search.yahoo.com

Do Searches is often promoted via other free downloads, that’s probably why people are unaware of how and when it infects their computer and why people regard it as a computer virus. Actually it is defined by the industry as a PUP (potentially unwanted program).

 

 

How to Remove Do Searches Virus and Dosearches.com Redirect? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                            

Outline of the removal guide:

Step 1 Uninstall Do Searches related malicious program

Step 2 Remove Dosearches.com redirect from IE/FF/Chrome

Step 3 Delete http://dosearches.com/ argument from hijacked shortcuts

Step 4 Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

Malware Prevent Tips

                                                                                                            

 

To remove Do Searches virus from your computer and dosearches.com redirect from Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox completely, please follow the guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a reply below and we will try our best to help you resolve your problem.

 

 

Step 1 Uninstall Do Searches related malicious program

 

As mentioned above, Dosearches.com redirect virus infects computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you need to search for and uninstall applications that are related to Do Searches or installed around the time dosearches.com redirect first occurred.

 

Option 1 > Uninstall automatically with Anvi Uninstaller

Anvi Uninstaller is tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system optimizer and cleaner. After uninstall a program, Anvi Uninstaller will detect leftovers, such as registry keys and junk files.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster

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

 

2.To uninstall Do Searches related programs: Launch Cloud System Booster → switch to Expert mode → select Toolbox → download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → locate any suspicious program such as dosearches Browser Protecter → hit Uninstall to remove it

Please kindly note that downloading Anvi Uninstaller won’t take you much time.

Anvi Uninstaller

Please note that the Prefect Scan function is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

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

 

 

Option 2 > Uninstall manually through Control Panel

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “control panel” to get Control Panel→ click on Uninstall a Program → locate any suspicous program such as dosearches Browser Protecter → click on Uninstall button

Or, you can access the Control Panel by right clicking on the bottom left hot corner Hot button and select Control Panel from the list.

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features →locate any suspicious program such as dosearches Browser Protecter → Click on Uninstall button

 

For Windows XP Users:

Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → locate any suspicious program such as dosearches Browser Protecter → Click on Remove button
dosearches Browser Protecter-uninstall
 

 

Step 2 Remove Dosearches.com redirect from IE/FF/Chrome

 

Alternative—Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Although Do Searches related programs are uninstalled, the settings of your web browser won’t revert accordingly. That means you need to restore the settings by yourselves.

 

For Internet Explorer Users
For Mozilla Firefox Users
For Google Chrome Users

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → replace http://dosearches.com/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

IE-homepage set

 

2. To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → search for suspicious toolbar or extension and right click on it  → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

IE-extensions

 

3. To reset search provider: Switch to Search Providers tab → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click search.yahoo.com or any unwanted search provider → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

IE-Search Providers

Next step—delete http://dosearches.com argument from hijacked shortcuts

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

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

 

Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins

 

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.yahoo.com or any suspicious search engines → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

Firefox-search engine

Next step—delete http://dosearches.com argument from hijacked shortcuts

 

For Google Chrome Users:

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

Chrome settings

 

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

 

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

 

3. To reset default search engine: click on Manage search engine → set a desired search engine as your default search engine → remove search.yahoo.com or any unwanted search engine from the list

 

4. To remove extension: click Extensions above Settings → search for suspicious extensions → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

Next step—delete http://dosearches.com argument from hijacked shortcuts

 

 

Optional Troubleshoot–Repair your 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-scan results

 

3. Empty trash bin:

The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.

Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.

Slim toolbar-trash bin

 

4. 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

 

 

Step 3 Delete http://dosearches.com/ argument from hijacked shortcuts

 

1. Right click on your browser shortcut (on desktop, start menu or taskbar) and select Properties.

Shortcut-properties

 

2. Go to Shortcut tab > Target field → delete http://dosearches.com/ argument → click on Apply and OK.

Dosearches hijacked shortcut

 

 

Step 4 Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

 

Please note that although Do Searches related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you 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

 

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

Cloud System Booster-Boost

 

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

CSB-clean

Now, your computer should have been free from the infection of Dosearches.com redirect. If you have encountered any problem in the removing process, please leave a reply and we will help you fix your problem as soon as possible.

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips

 

As mentioned above, Do Searches virus sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you can make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to further guard your online activities and create a clean online environment. It can block pop up ads and prevent you from landing on malicious websites.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)

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

 

Browser hijackers like Dosearches.com may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

 

ASD

 

 

  • Stephen

    I have tried everything to remove this program but I cannot get rid of it I have followed your instructions down to the letter and I still cannot figure it out.

    • http://www.dotfab.com Andrew

      Hi Stephen,

      I’m sorry that you are still haunted by this program.

      Could you specify the problem you are facing so that we can help to fix your problem as soon as possible? Have you uninstalled suspicious programs on your computer? On which web browser, you are experiencing dosearches.com redirect?

  • Clyde

    also tried everything. Nothing happens. Still this fucking Dosearch shit.
    Every antivirus downloaded asks you to purchase the upgrade before it will remove anything. Tried to remove bing but cannot reset default search engine to Google. Using IE

    • http://www.dotfab.com Andrew

      Hi Clyde,

      The software recommended in the removal guide are free to use by clicking continue trying or by getting a trail license. If you are looking for an antivirus program, you may try Anvi Smart Defender (Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html).

      To remove bing and set Google as default search engine: right click on Google and select Set as default, then right click on bing and choose Remove.

      If Google is not listed under Search Provider tab, please add Google Search to IE by clicking on Find more search providers at the bottom left corner of the Manage add-ons window. Then go through the above step.

      If the redirect happens when you open a new tab, please follow the instructions below:
      Click on Tools or Gear Icon > Internet options > Tabs/Settings under Tabs.
      Choose A blank page under When a new tab opened, open.

      That’s it.

      For any further question or information about your trouble with this infection, let us know.

  • anil

    this dosearches is not being removed……….how to remove it permanently…..

    • http://www.dotfab.com Andrew

      Hello,

      First, please perform a system scan with your antivirus or anti-malware program and remove all the threats detected. You can make use of Anvi Smart Defender which is an antimalware program. (Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html)

      Then go through the removal guide once again. Please make sure that all the Dosearches related programs and unknown third-party applications be removed for those programs will set the new tab page to dosearches.com.

      If you already have done what have been told in the removal guide, then please reset your internet browser. You can go to How to Reset IE/FF/Chrome to Default Settings for tutorials.

      Should you have any further question, let us know.

  • Emily

    I followed everything step by step and I still have the Do searches homepage on both internet explorer and google chrome. It’s really frustrating.

    • jen

      uninstall both browsers explorer and chrome and re-install them!

    • Andrew_Anvisoft

      Hi Emily,

      You may try resetting IE and Chrome to there default settings, see if this works for you. To reset IE and Chrome, please read How to Reset IE/FF/Chrome to Default Settings:http://www.dotfab.com/resources/how-to-reset-ieffchrome-to-default-settings/ for tutorials.

      Any further questions or information, just let us know.

  • TechDude

    THANK YOU!!! Dont need to install anything, just follow step 3. FINALLY found where it was setting my IE homepage when it launched IE even though it was set under settings. VERY annoying, will not download/install IZARC ever again.

  • Tim

    This website is the one who designed DO PAGES so that you would install their ‘cleaner’ on you computer. ._.

  • yoon

    안녕하세요^^. I did follow your steps, but still do searches are working
    how can i do? t.t

    • Andrew_Anvisoft

      Hello,

      Please try the removal guide below, see if it will work for you.

      First, run a system scan with antivirus or antimalware program. A full scan is recommended. Try the antimalware programs Anvi Smart Defender, free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

      Then, go to Programs in Control Panel, search for and uninstall unwanted or unknown third-party applications.

      After that, please reset your internet browser. Read How to Reset IE/FF/Chrome to Default Settings: http://www.dotfab.com/resources/how-to-reset-ieffchrome-to-default-settings/ for tutorials.

      Any further question or information, just let us know.

  • Guy

    Worked like a charm! Thanks for the detailed removal guide. (In my case malewarebytes and removing the argument from the IE target properties did the trick)

  • anonymous

    worked for me!! thanks to all

  • Francisca Josephine

    thank you, from the bottom of my heart! take my like!

  • Really Angry

    I did all of these things and it STILL won’t go away! And I don’t want to download anything to get rid of it because downloading a program is how I GOT this thing in the first place!