Remove SearchNet from Chrome, Firefox, IE
Name of the threat:SearchNet
Command or file name:searchnet.exe
Affected OS:Win32/Win64 (Windows XP, Vista/7, 8/8.1, Windows 10)
Affected browsers:Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
SearchNet is a hijacker that harms mostly the Internet Explorer 8 and 9, but also affects Firefox. What it is basically do is - changing default search page, homepage, default url opening new tab and modifies related settings. It also installs ad-supportes toolbars and other addons. Quite difficult to remove using standard IE functions.
SearchNet intrusion method
Usually SearchNet comes bundled with freeware downloads. During installation you can be offered to change default homepage and search engine to SearchNet. SearchNet copies its file(s) to your hard disk. Its typical file name is searchnet.exe. Then it creates new startup key with name SearchNet and value searchnet.exe. You can also find it in your processes list with name searchnet.exe or SearchNet. Also, it can create folder with name SearchNet under C:\Program Files\ or C:\ProgramData. If you have further questions about SearchNet, please ask below. You can use programs to remove SearchNet from your browsers below.
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This problem can be solved manually by deleting all registry keys and files connected with SearchNet, removing it from startup list and unregistering all corresponding DLLs. Additionally missing DLL's should be restored from distribution in case they are corrupted by SearchNet.
To get rid of SearchNet, you should:
1. Kill the following processes and delete the appropriate files:
Warning: you should delete only those files which checksums are listed as malicious. There may be valid files with the same names in your system. We recommend you to use SearchNet Removal Tool for safe problem solution.
2. Delete the following malicious folders:
3. Delete the following malicious registry entries and\or values:
Warning: if value is listed for some registry entries, you should only clear these values and leave keys with such values untouched. We recommend you to use SearchNet Removal Tool for safe problem solution.
Uninstall SearchNet related programs from Control Panel
We recommend you to check list of installed programs and search for SearchNet entry or other unknown and suspicious programs. Below are instructions for different version if Windows. In some cases adware programs are protected by malicious service or process and it will not allow you to uninstall it. If SearchNet won't uninstall or gives you error message that you do not have sufficient rights to do this perform below instructions in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking or use SearchNet Removal Tool.
Remove SearchNet related extensions from your browsers
SearchNet in some cases can be accompanied with browsers extension. We recommend you to use free option Toolbar Remover under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to remove unwanted browser extensions related to SearchNet. We recommend you to perform scan your PC with Removal Tool or Stronghold AntiMalware. To remove extenions from your browsers manually do the following:
Warning: This option will only disable unwanted plugin. For effective SearchNet removal use SearchNet Removal Tool.
SearchNet can affect your browsers which results in browser redirection or search hijack. We recommend you to use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to reset all the browsers at once. Mention that you need to remove all files and kill all processes belonging to SearchNet before doing this. To reset your browsers manually and restore your homepage perform the following steps:
Warning: In case this option will not work use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.
Warning: This option might not work if in Google Chrome you use online synchronization between PCs. In this case use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.
Warning: This option will also clean all your account passwords for all websites. If you don't want it use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.