I bet it would be pretty annoying to open your browser and see that your homepage is not your homepage anymore. I have this Vosteran Search at hand at the moment, and even though I can see that it’s not much a big deal, I guess it can still make people sweat because it’s just THAT annoying. I mean, it’s kind of confusing to see something like that on your screen, when you don’t even remember installing it, right? So there, here’s the deal: you DID install Vosteran Search. And now I’m here to help you out remove it.
What is Vosteran Search? How did it get on my computer? Oh my gosh, what did I do? Aliens!! Umm, not exactly. You see, the problem with such nuisances like Vosteran Search is that users allow them to enter their computers without any second thoughts. Why? Because they don’t know the risks! Vosteran Search is a genuine browser hijacker that interrupts your web browsing experience, and yet users indulge in practices that lead to such infections on a daily basis. Have you downloaded anything recently? Was it a freeware app? Did you get it at the official website or find it at some third-party webpage? If so, then we probably have the culprit here.
Security research suggests that Vosteran Search usually travels around with potentially unwanted applications via third-party file sharing pages. Wait… what? It might be a bit of a mouthful, but, for example, if you recently downloaded Koala Personal Search, Reg Clean Pro, MyPC Backup, or any other similar application from a third-party website; don’t be so surprised to see your default homepage changed to vosteran.com. After all, it’s a distribution method used by almost all browser hijackers from the same group, including Astromenda and Lasaoren.
What’s the big deal, you might say, it helps me search the web! Well, if only that was true. The browser hijacker may perform search engine function, but there’s a catch to it – it will record all your search keywords and history. Vosteran Search behaves just like any other browser hijacker by tracking your web browsing habits, processing them and then displaying customized advertisements based on your online profile.
True be told, a lot of websites indulge in such practice, but when it’s done by a browser hijacker, it’s a total red alert because sooner rather than later you could get infected with malware. So it’s obvious that there’s only one way out – you need to remove Vosteran Search.
The browser hijacker doesn’t have an uninstaller but it’s always a good idea to remove all the unwanted programs, and then restore your browser settings to default. Also, you should consider scanning your PC with a licensed antispyware tool because if you’re not an experienced computer user, you might miss some pesky little nuisances. Oh right, and don’t hesitate to leave me a comment, I’m here to help J.
Remove unwanted programs
- Slide mouse cursor to the bottom right of your screen.
- When Charm bar appears click Settings (the wedge icon).
- Go to Control Panel and open Uninstall a program.
- Remove all the unwanted programs from the list.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
- Go to Uninstall a program and remove unwanted applications.
- Click green Start button and go to Control Panel.
- Select Add or remove programs and uninstall all the unwanted applications.
Reset browser settings
- Press Alt+T and click Internet options on the drop-down menu.
- Open Advanced tab and click Reset button.
- Mark Delete personal settings option and press Reset button again.
- Click Close to exit the menu.
- Press Alt+H simultaneously and click Troubleshooting information.
- When a new tab opens, click Reset Firefox at the top right of your screen.
- Press Reset Firefox on a confirmation box. Click Finish.
- Press Alt+F and click Settings on the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down again and click Reset browser settings button.
- Press Reset on a confirmation box.