The ActiveSearch malware is a toolbar virus that is used to display unwanted ads through pop-up windows. The ActiveSearch comes under the category of adware programs, and it runs automatically whenever you start your browser. The ActiveSearch software has the ability to remain resident in the background, and it also has the ability to connect to the internet itself. The adware viruses are most popular spyware programs these days, and many hackers are using this for marketing the illegal products. The ActiveSearch toolbar is one of these dangerous adware viruses that has the ability to destroy your important data, and can change the settings of your internet browser. Another characteristic of ActiveSearch is, it has the ability to track the browsing activity of the user.
There are some automatic tools available to get rid of the ActiveSearch malware. Most of these tools are paid; therefore, you have to purchase it in order to remove the spyware from the hard disk of your computer. You can remove this malware manually, but the problem with manual; removal is, it is too complicated as you have to first identify, and then remove the suspicious files, folders, and registry entries completely. Some of the novice users don’t feel comfortable in removing the ActiveSearch manually, and they always go for the automatic ActiveSearch removal tool. However, if you feel you can follow these instructions, you can remove the spyware manually, and on your own.
Removing ActiveSearch Manually
First of all you have to find that which files are related to the ActiveSearch, and which files, and folders got infected because of this malicious adware. Once you find the suspicious files, and registry entries, now it is easier for you to remove such data. Click Ctrl+Alt+Delete to open the windows task manager, and then click on the Processes tab to close all the processes related to the ActiveSearch threat. After closing all the processes, now you have to look for the suspicious files and folders. In most cases the ActiveSearch file is stored with the name of toolbar.dll which you need to find and remove. Besides that, you also have to find and delete the files toolbar-w-google-r.dll along with 411ferret which is available in the program files. Most of the registry entries related to the ActiveSearch comes with the extension of the toolbar, or toolbar object which you need to find and delete.
Make sure that before deleting any registry entries, keep the backup of your important files so that in case if anything goes wrong you have the backup of your files. Once you have completed this process, now you have to restart your computer to see the effects of changes you have made. If you feel that the threat of ActiveSearch is still there, you have to check the files, and registry entries again and make sure that all the suspicious files are deleted completely. After completing this process, you have to update your antivirus program and run complete scan pon your PC.