If you find your browser automatically setting the homepage or default start page as ‘Default-search.net’ then your device is has a malicious program installed. It is a broswer hijacker that is causing changes in your browser without your permission. Not just a simple default page redirection it causes many other changes that can be very harmful for your device. You need to get rid of this malware by completely scanning your device.
In this blog we will tell you what is ‘Default-search.net’ malware & how to it gets into your device. We will also tell you step by step easy process on how you can remove Default-search.net redirect from your device.
What is Default-Search.net redirect
Default-search.net is a malicious program or an adware developed by Aztec Media Inc. It has been categorized as harmful. Default-search.net engine delivers Yahoo search results which are deceptive & altered by the developers. Like any other adware default-search.net gets into your system hidden via some software updates, display ads, sponsored links or mails with infected attachments.
once this program is installed in your device it is hijacks your browser & changes its homepage settings & assigns ‘www.default-search.net’ as your default serach engine. Which means all your search queries will now be done through ‘default-search.net’ & not your preferred search engine like Google, Yahoo or bing, etc. Looks harmless? Wait! there’s more this virus does to your device. It will keep redirecting you to specific websites which contain fake ads, product sales, bogus offers, software update warnings & other display banners that may look legitimate to you but are a trap. These are the tactics used by hackers to take you to particular page in order to generate revenue for them. Once you click on these displayed ads and banners your sensitive data like IP addresses, passwords, mobile no. geo location, history etc is accessible to this redirect virus. This can lead to serious issues like data privacy issues or identity theft. You may end up getting scammed by the hackers.
Although these adware have different ways of entering into your device, we recommend you to be very careful while browsing and not click on any sponsored links and ads shown by this malicious search tool. While updating or installing software always choose manual installation & uncheck the updates that looks unknown or alien to you. As generally these adwares come bundled with legitimate softwares. Have an update antivirus of security program in your device. Do not go for pirated or free version of any software.
How to remove Default-Search.net redirect (Virus Removal Guide)
Now you know what a seemingly harmless browser redirect can do to your device and data. If you find these symptoms in your device & you know you have default-search.net browser hijacker installed in your system, you need to urgently scan & remove it from your device before it does any harm. The process of remove malware from your system may look very difficult but we will tell you easy steps that you can follow to remove default-search.net redirect from your device :-
Step 1: Detect all types of viruses by using BullGuard
BullGuard is Award winning cyber security organisation which focuses on safety of the user to use the cyberspace. It provides protection of triple-layered anti-malware along with Advanced Machine Learning. It immediately detects all types of viruses by keeping you safe from the most unconventional threats.
They have launched advanced Machine Learning method deliver fast threat detection ability. It also helps against emerging and advanced threats. Its antivirus delivers powerful layered shield against all kinds of malwares.
You can get one-month free trial version of BullGuard Antivirus from its website. After one month you have to get its paid version. The cost of antivirus for 1 year 1 PC is US $29.99 which is quite cheaper in-comparison to others. Its other products like internet security cost US $59.99 for 1 year on multi device and premium protection costs US $99.99 for 1 year on multi device.
For the installation of BullGuard antivirus on your system, you have to download it from the official website. Let’s start the step by step process of downloading the BullGuard Antivirus.
- Open the official website of BullGuard antivirus and click on the download button.
- Double click on the downloaded file on your system to begin the process of installation.
- After that, the dialog box will appear where it will ask for your permission for allowing changes in your system. Just click on the “Yes” button.
- Once you permit, you will be able to see the screen for Licence Agreement option followed by “Next” button. Click on the “Next” Button.
- After this, a screen will appear where you have to select options from browsing. Select the location where you want to install on your computer.
- After that, click on the “Install” button to for initiating the process.
- Once you click on the “Install”, its process will start. Now, you will have to wait for couple of minutes for the process to complete.
- After completing the installation process, the registration window will appear on your screen.
- You have to fill the required data and then click on the “Create Account” button.
- Follow the on-screen commands and click the “OK” button.
- As soon as the registration is done, Bullguard will download the installed product. Sit back and relax till the time it will complete.
- Once all the process is complete, restart your windows and start using the antivirus as per your requirements.
Step 2: Use Malwarebytes to terminate the StandardBoost
Malwarebytes is the most popular anti-malware software for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS. There is both free as well as paid version is available. It can easily terminate many types of malwares in comparison to other software’s.
In the free version, user have to run this manually whereas in the paid version, scheduled scans happen automatically which scans files and block the IP addresses of malicious websites. This scan will occur only on those services and programs that are currently in use.
When you install Malwarebytes, you will be given 14 days trial period of the premium version. It includes, real-time scanning and specific protection from ransomware. Once your trial period will over, it automatically convert into the basic free version which works as per your command. You must be aware that Malwarebytes will run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. Malwarebytes is like a shield for your system against malicious websites.
Malwarebytes have 3 pricing categories as per the number of devices you want to scan. a. 1 Device = US $ 39.99
b. 2 Device = US $ 79.99
c. 5 Device = US $ 99.99
Let’s Start with step by step procedure of downloading
1. Open the website https://www.malwarebytes.com/ and click on the Free Download button if you want to go for free trial version. As soon as you it, the set-up .exe file will download on your computer.
2: Right Click on the exe setup file and click on run as administrator. A new screen will pop out when Malwarebytes installation process will start. To start with installation process on your system, click on the “Install” button.
3: Once installed, you will see the icon on your laptop screen. Double Click on that icon and the window will open. Now click on the “Get Started” Button. If you want to buy a premium version then you can click on “Buy Now”. But if you wish to proceed with free version then click on the “May Be Later” option down below.
A new wizard window will pop out for 14 days premium trail. Now fill Up your mail id which is optional and click on “Get Started” button again.
4: Finally, your wizard window will pop out with the scanner option where you just need to click on the “Scan” Button.
5: After couple of minutes, it will be able to complete the scan and you will see the screen where infected malwares are present. To remove the malicious programs, just click on the “Quarantine” button given below.
6: After clicking on the Quarantine button, it will remove all the malicious files and errors. To complete this process of scanning, Malwarebytes may ask you to reboot your computer
After all the process, you can close the window and continue with other instructions.
Step 3: Try HitmanPro to remove the StandardBoost and other Malware
HitmanPro is one of the finest adware removal tools which is secure and easy to use. It removes all kind of malware without any hassle. It also works as a scanner which is having a cloud-based approach for malware scanning. At the time of scanning, if HitmanPro finds out any suspicious file which is unknown. It immediately sends the file to its cloud for scanning from its best antivirus engines.
The best feature of the HitmanPro is; it is lightweight and can used with the help of USB Drive.
You can take its free trial that is for 30 days and after that you have to upgrade this for $24.95 which is for 1 PC/1 Year. Generally other malwares give only 14 days trial period and cost of upgrading is also high in comparison to HitmanPro.
Let’s start with the step by step process to download the HitmanPro:
1: Search HitmanPro on your browser. Then open the website and click the download button.
2: On the next screen you will have to fill your credentials like First Name, Last Name & Email id. Once you fill all these details then click on the submit button.
3: After Submission You will get a Thank you page. There you will see two options to download. One is for 64 bit and other is for 32 bit. As per your choice you can select any of them and click on the download button.
5: After the Submission your HitmanPro.exe will download on your computer. Double-click on “hitmanpro.exe” to install this program on your computer.
6: After that, it will ask you for “Allow changes to your device”. Click on the “Yes”.
7: After this, a pop out will be there. You have to click on the NEXT button.
8: On the next screen, you will get “End User License agreement”. You have to check the box given below and click on the NEXT button.
After this another screen will appear where again you have to click on the NEXT button.
9: Now, HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malicious programs. This process may take few minutes.
10: Once HitmanPro will finish the scanning of your computer. It will display a list of all the suspicious or malwares of that program. Then, click on the NEXT Button to remove the malicious programs.
11: If you want to take the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your PC. Then Click on the “Activate free license”
After this whole process, you can close the HitmanPro and continue with next steps.
Well, it is very important to understand what kind of a product you’re looking for. According to that, you can decide if you have to buy the paid version of it or not.
Step 4: Download Emsisoft Emergency Kit to check for malicious files
Emsisoft Emergency Kit is a standalone security program. This program is very useful for Malwares that cannot be removed while the infections are active or while logged into Windows.
If your system has malware related issues, you can use this free on-demand scanner to check for malicious files.
It has designed to work along with present security programs without any struggles. It works very fast without slowing down your computer. You do not need to install Emisoft Emergency Kit as it can run alongside with other attached hard drive.
It contains a group of programs that is being used without a software installation. Emsisoft Emergency Kit is comparatively cheaper in price. Its Antimalware home is 1470.19 Rs, Business Security 2939.89 Rs, Enterprise Security 4410.58 Rs.
Let’s Start step by step process of downloading the Emisoft Emergency Kit Scanner:
1: Download Emisoft Emergency Kit from the website. Within couple of seconds you will be able to see its .exe file on your computer’s download folder.
2: Double click on the .exe file and it will ask for the permission “Do you want to allow the excess of other apps”. Click on the “Yes” button.
3: A dialog box will open where you will see the “Install” Option. Click on the “Install” button.
4: It will take couple of minutes to install. Once the process of installation is complete. A folder will open where you can see 4 type of files. Among those files you have to double click on the blue icon to start “Emergency Kit Scanner” and it will again ask you for the permission. click on the “Yes”.
5: The scanning process will start within no time. Then the window will open where terms and conditions of Licence and maintenance agreement is being written. Click on the “Accept” button.
6: After clicking on the Accept button the process of scanning will initiate.
7: You need to select from above 4 options as per your choice. Whether you want to scan and clean or quarantine & logs. Eg, if you choose the option of scan and clean. It will redirect to you on next options like quick scan, malware scan, custom scan.
8: If you click on the quick scan option, scanning process will start.
9: It will detect all the malwares within no time and if there is any then you will be able to see it here on the screen. Well, my system does not have any malware. Then the dilog box have opened like this.
Step 5: Try Heimdal Malware Detection to check entire PC and Fix All Issues
Heimdal Security offers the most advanced Malware Detection Abilities in comparison to any other product available in the market. Its on demand scanning tool allow users to choose from seven unique scanning methods. There are 2 types of scan in this, one is “quick scan” which will scan all your directories within five minutes. Other is “active” scan which checks all the running processes for threats.
It is real-time, two-way traffic scanning engine which keeps check on DNS & HTTPS packets. This tool is helpful to stop suspicious packets from transmitting as soon as it detects them.
Heimdal Security tools divide the files into 2 parts: infected files and suspicious files. You can manually inspect them and determine the action you want to take. Its premium version is available for 1-3 years. Its value increases substantially as soon as you extend the purchasing period and more licenses.
Let’s start with the step by step process of the Installation.
1: Download Heimdal Security from its website.
2: After downloading, you will get the Heimdal.DeliveryLauncher.msi file in your system.
3: Double Click on the msi file. Your windows screen will ask you for the permission where you have to click on the “Yes” button.
4: As soon as you accept this, installation process will initiate.
5: After that, a pop out screen will come up where you will be able to see “I agree” Option. You have to select that.
6: Then select the Language option of the application.
7: After this, it will ask you for default install location along with the option to change it.
8: In the next step, it will ask for license key which was provided by the Account Manager.
9: As soon as you fill the key, you will receive the message of “Activation Complete”. Then you will get the complete information about the type of license you own along with its expiration date. Finally, you have to click on the “install” to finish the installation process.
10: After completion you will receive the completion”. On that screen you will be able to see the “Finish” button as well.
11: Click on “Finish” button. The “Heimdal Security” icon will be shown on the right side of the taskbar.
You just need to restart your system and continue with the rest of the instructions.
Step 6: Use Zemana Antimalware to rescue your computer from StandardBoost
Zemana Antimalware is a one of the finest on-demand malware scanners. It has designed to rescue your computer from any type of parasite which infect your computer despite all the security measures you have taken. It is a fast and efficient malware removal tool.
After downloading Zemana you can use it for 15 days and its file size is 12.2 MBs. Its unlike other scanners which slow down your PC because of its cloud-based scanning. It scans your computer within few minutes, no matter how badly it infects. You can choose either deep scan or a smart scan and it will clean all potential threats.
Zemana have 3 pricing categories.
a. 1 Year = US $ 25
b. 2 Year = US $ 38
c. 3 Year = US $ 50
All you need to do is download and run AntiMalware on your system. Now, wait for few minutes while it scans your machine and eliminates all potential threats.
Let’s start the step by step process of scanning:
1: You can easily download the Zemana AntiMalware from the google.
2: Once it’s set up file will download. You will get the Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.exe in the download folder of your computer.
3: You just need to “double click” on it to start installation of Zemana Antiware. After this your system will ask you “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” You need to click on the “Yes” to continue with the installation.
4: Then a screen will pop out where it will ask for “Licence Agreement”. Tick, “I accept” the agreement and Next Button will enable. You have to press the “NEXT” Button.
5: After that It will take you to the screen where you will be able to see the option of “Scan Now”. Press the Button of Scan now and it will start the process of scanning.
6: Once the process of scanning will start, it will take few minutes and find out all the malicious files.
7: Once the scan will complete. It will show you the list of all the Malware program your computer might have. On the below corner of left-hand side of the screen you will be able to see the “Apply Action” Button.
8: Once the process is complete Zemana will ask you to restart your computer. Click on the restart and you can continue with your work.