Remove DoSearches.com homepage

By | September 26, 2013

remove dosearches.com homepageDoSearches.com is the homepage hijacker which is installed by browser extensions or addons. This homepage hijacker is bundled with freeware to promote DoSearches.com Search and to make money using advertisements within the search results. Once this DoSearches.com browser hijacker is installed on your computer, the default search engine and homepage for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is replaced with DoSearches.com. This DoSearches.com homepage is not malicious process itself and may not be called a virus, but it does change security settings within your favorite browser and is distributed by freeware. DoSearches also hijacks the shortcut of your favorite browser and adds a extra dosearches.com argument behind the executable. By doing this hijacking the dosearches.com website always opens when you open the browser, even as you replaced your default homepage with a website of your choice. It’s a very nifty and nasty method of forcing to drive web-traffic to there website.

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Please be aware what you install on your computer. The DoSearches.com browser hijacker is most likely installed by the computer user itself because it’s offered during the installation process.

 

 

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

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Notice: there isn't any software in this instruction that requires any payment or subscription in order to remove any malware from your computer. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is shareware, which means if you need real-time protection and more premium features, it requires a payment after 14 days trial. However detecting and removing malware with the Free version is totally free and stays free. (more information)

remove dosearches.com homepage

Please note that all the software we offer to remove DoSearches.com is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to remove DoSearches.com.

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfully remove DoSearches.com and it’s shortcut hijack.
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop and ask for assistance using the comments at the end of this instruction.

Step 1 – Remove DoSearches.com Shortcut Hijacker with ShortCut Cleaner (free software)

Step 2 – Reset your Browser

Step 3 – Scan your computer using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free to clean your computer from adware, viruses

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove DoSearches.com from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser. Please use restoring to default settings only if anything else fails. Need help ? Ask for our assistance and the end of this instruction.

ShortCut CleanerRemove DoSearches.com Shortcut Hijack using ShortCut Cleaner

The DoSearches.com adware replaces all the shortcut’s from your favorite browser, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox with a extra argument behind the executable (example, in our case:  http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463). By doing this the DoSearches.com homepage is ALWAYS your default homepage, you need to remove the extra argument in order to restore your favorite browser to default settings and to use it again as you want it. We think this is a very nasty way of forcing users to your website and should not be allowed.

Please follow this easy instruction to remove the DoSearches.com browser hijack from your favorite browser(s).

Download Shortcut Cleaner (direct download)

Right click on sc-cleaner.exe and select ‘Run as Administrator‘. This is important do not forget!

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sc-cleaner.exe starts scanning your computer for malicious shortcut hijacks and opens a log file when done. This is almost instant.

Remove DoSearches.com

Shortcut Cleaner 1.2.4 by Lawrence Abrams (Grinler)

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Windows Version: Windows 8 Pro
Program started at: 10/13/2013 12:17:28 PM.

Scanning for registry hijacks:

* No issues found in the Registry.

Searching for Hijacked Shortcuts:

Searching C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Internet Explorer.lnk => C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

Searching C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Google Chrome\Google Chrome.lnk => C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Mozilla Firefox.lnk => C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

Searching C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Google Chrome.lnk => C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Launch Internet Explorer Browser.lnk => C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\qvo6.lnk => C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\Google Chrome.lnk => C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\Internet Explorer.lnk => C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\Mozilla Firefox.lnk => C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

Searching C:\Users\Public\Desktop\

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Google Chrome.lnk => C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

* Shortcut Cleaned: C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Mozilla Firefox.lnk => C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463

Searching C:\Users\FixYourBrowser.com\Desktop

* Shortcut Cleaned: Internet Explorer.lnk => C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://www.dosearches.com/?utm_source=b&utm_medium=smt&utm_campaign=eXQ&utm_content=sc&from=smt&uid=262929407_198313_00000064&ts=1381658463
12 bad shortcuts found.

Program finished at: 10/13/2013 12:17:28 PM
Execution time: 0 hours(s), 0 minute(s), and 0 seconds(s)

Reset browser settings

If for some reason the instruction as supplied does not work for you, or the problem remains. It might be advised to restore your settings from your favorite browser to default settings. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Goto tab Advanced
  5. Select Reset button
  6. Enable Delete personal Settings
  7. Click Reset button
  8. Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. Open File Explorer in Windows
  2. Navigate to C:\Users\{YOUR USERNAME}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\
  3. Delete the folder User Data with all it’s content (you must be logged in Administrator to do this!!)
  4. Restart Google Chrome browser

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  3. Select Help > Troubleshooting information
  4. Select Reset Firefox
  5. Confirm Reset Firefox
  6. Select Finish
  7. Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart
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