Each time I encounter something like and write about it, I want to head-desk, because for one I can’t believe the tenacity of computer infection developers, and second – I can’t believe how users still fall for the same trick over and over again. So here now we have Dosearches. Or Dosearches.com if you want the precise website address. It’s a (surprise surprise) browser hijacker, and it means that the infection modifies your browser settings and then exposes you to a variety of potential threats, and unless you remove Dosearches from your computer, there would be no end to them annoying pop-up advertisements!
It’s like a mantra, you know. All those “dangerous” infections are actually similar to the point it makes you barf, but then things like Dosearches come up again and again, and you just have to deal with it. I mean, it may have a nice interface and look like a decent internet search engine, but it’s no more different than Delta-homes or any other browser hijacker, that changes your browser settings without your consent and then spams you with pop-up ads and displays irrelevant search results.
I mean, a lot of users are smart enough not to use Dosearches for their web search, because when your default home page and default search engine change without your permission, something is definitely wrong, right? So I guess users know how to tell apart a decent search engine from something like Dosearches. Nevertheless, the problem we’re dealing here with is that of bundled downloads.
Imagine if you download various shareware applications from third party websites, most of them are bundled with additional software. I mean, even if you don’t want your home page changed to Dosearches, there is a high chance that this particular shareware application is bundled with browser hijacker and then kaboom~ off you go installing the threat on your PC and the next thing you know the home page you got used to does bye-bye.
What are the main dangers behind Dosearches? Well, it’s dangerous mostly because it exposes you to potentially corrupted websites that distribute malware. It may also collect your web browsing information for marketing purpose, and display tailored search results. In a sense, it messes with your internet browser and the overall level of internet browsing security. Although dangerous malware infection is not a definite outcome, but why be sorry, when you can be safe, right?
So here I present you (ta-daaaaa~) manual Dosearches removal instructions, that will definitely make your life easier.
First, modify your target on default browser’s properties:
- Find your browser’s shortcut and right-click it.
- Go to Properties and open Shortcut tab. Locate Target line.
- The last word in the line should be either iexplorer.exe, firefox.exe or chrome.exe, like this:
- Delete everything that is written after these lines, and click OK.
Now that you have taken care of that, we can restore your browser settings to default.
Reset Internet Explorer
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
- Open Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Select Delete personal settings and press Reset again.
- When the reset is complete, click Close.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
- Press the orange Firefox button and navigate to Help.
- Click Troubleshooting information a new tab opens.
- Click Reset Firefox (top right corner).
- Click Reset Firefox on a new dialog box.
- When the reset is complete, click Finish.
Change Google Chrome Settings
- Press Alt+F and click Settings.
- Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
- Remove dosearches.com and enter a new home page address. Click OK.
- Select Manage search engines under Search.
- Set a new default search engine, delete Dosearches and click Done.
Oh and by the way, if you don’t have a computer antimalware program, I’d suggest you get one, because a proper system scan from time to time is a good idea to make sure dangerous infections stay away from your PC.