Removal (Uninstall Guide) is a malicious app classified as a browser hijacker. This application is distributed together with various freeware as an additional install. When computer is infected with this app, internet browser’s homepage and default search engine will be changed to

do-search malware

The browser hijacker doesn’t possess enough malicious features to be called a virus. Nevertheless, it’s still a dangerous app which in addition to the hijacking, has the capabilities to infiltrate deeply into OS just like a typical rootkit. This type of programs are called PUP – potentially unwanted program. browser hijacker ends up in the PC after some kind of free software has been installed. PDF creators, video streaming/recording applications and download managers are the usual types of programs which are responsible for the installation of browser hijacker.

The encounters with browser hijackers and other similar software can be easily avoided. Unfortunately, a lot of users don’t have the time or the knowledge to do that, although it is actually very simple. Firstly, you should always choose solid and trusted software developers and distributors. Secondly, always choose the “Custom Installation” mode, no matter what kind of program you are installing as you can never know what is hiding in the installation file. Don’t install any additional programs which are suspicious or simply unnecessary, just remove the ticks which are next to their names. Finally, be curious and read some reviews about the latest malware because you need to know your enemy.

Automatic Removal

Step 1. In order to detect and remove, download SpyHunter anti-spyware software


Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

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Step 2. Click Run or Open and install the application by following the on-screen instructions (How to Install)

Step 3. SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats

Step 4. After scanning, click Fix Threats button

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Note: download size is 0.7 MB. Trial version offers an unlimited number of scans and detections for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.

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Manual Removal

Important Note: can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users, team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.

Google Chrome

1. Fix Google Chrome startup pages.

Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In On startup click Set pages and remove by clicking X symbol. After that, add your desired homepage.

Chrome Settings

2. Remove from the homepage settings.

Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In Appearance section click on Change. Remove the malicious homepage by clicking X symbol. Then you can add the desired homepage by entering its URL and hitting OK.

Chrome Settings 2

3. Remove from the search engine list and set a one.

Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In Search section click on Manage search engines.. button. Choose the legitimate default search engine as default by clicking Make default. Then remove the malicious search engine from the list.

Chrome Settings 3

4. Remove add-ons that are associated with malware

Click on 3-bars icon and choose Tools. Go to Extensions and delete all add-ons related to from the list.

Internet Explorer

1. Remove from homepage settings.

Click on Tools icon and choose Internet Options. In General tab replace the hijacked homepage with a desired URL like Then click Apply to complete the action.

IE Internet Options

2. Modify default search provider settings, also remove the malicious search provider.

Click on Tools icon and choose Manage Add-ons. In Search Providers section please choose to set a legitimate search provider as default by clicking Set as default button. Then remove the malicious search provider from the list.

IE Manage Add-ons

Mozilla Firefox

1. Remove from homepage settings.

Go to Options > General tab. Replace the malicious homepage with a preferred URL and click OK.

Firefox Homepage

2. Perform “about:config” function to revert Firefox changed items.

Type about:config into the address bar and press Enter. Then accept the warning.

Firefox Warranty

Search for in the search field. Then right-click on each founded item and select Reset.

Firefox About Config

3. Remove from the search engines list.

Click on the current search engine icon and choose Manage Search Engines.. Select the malicious URL and click Remove, then hit OK to complete the action.

Delete malicious apps and directories

Review your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to Then choose ‘Uninstall’.

Search for and delete any folder related to “” if found in the following directories:

  • %ProgramFiles%
  • %AppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %LocalAppData%



  1. Sherri Lamont

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Easy to follow, step by step instructions to remove do-search!!!!! I’m so tired of these parasite add-ons, its becoming a full time job just trying to keep them off my laptop, thank you for making removing this one practically painless!

  2. Ben Crawford

    I’ve just removed this hijacker from a Windows 7 laptop for a customer and while looking quite tame on the surface it certainly does (as the author suggests) have the potential to be dangerous. For me, Windows updates refused to work, failing with multiple error codes and the system would also bluescreen at random despite being stable before the “do search” home pages started to appear. System restore was conveniently disabled too. I can’t prove it lets other malicious software in but it would seem that way.

  3. roberto

    solo os falta un paso eliminarlo en propiedades de cuantos navegadores tengamos en sus accesos directos ya que los renombran e incrustan alli. por lo demás un saludo y muchas gracias por la información que proporcionais

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