The Search-Quick.com is a malicious application that belongs to the latest generation of the browser hijackers. This nasty computer worm always attacks the windows based systems without providing any prior information to user, and can damage the system in a number of different ways. The hackers always install this browser hijacker through other free software, and once installed, it immediately modifies your search engine to Search-Quick.com. Besides that, you will also notice that the desktop background, and homepage of your browser also modified without your consent. You cannot succeed when you try to reverse these forced changes. This malicious browser hijacker introduced itself as a legitimate search engine, and in the first look, it gives you the feeling of Yahoo or Google, but it is a tool that is used by the hackers to manipulate the search results and redirect you towards low ranked phishing websites. Even if you try to un-install this infection from your system, it won’t go completely as it creates fake registry keys in the windows registry. You are unable to open any legitimated website in the presence of this infection.
Removal of Search-Quick.com
After getting infected from the Search-Quick.com, you have to remove this extremely dangerous browser hijacker from your system quickly to avoid any kind of permanent damage. In this regard, you have to either use any reliable automatic tool or remove this infection by following the manual removal instructions that are described below:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
The instructions for the manual removal of the Search-Quick.com can only be executed when you terminate the normal mode, and access the system in the safe mode. In this regard, reboot the system, and hit the F8 key to access the boot options screen. Select the Safe Mode, and hit the Enter key to start safe mode operation on your computer.
End the Malicious Processes
Once accessed the safe mode, you need to get rid of the associated processes by using the windows task manager. The task manager can be accessed through the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. You have to remove the following associated processes of this browser hijacker before closing the windows task manager:-
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Remove the Associated Data
After getting rid of the associated processes, you have to delete the associated files of this infection. Following are some of the suspicious files required to be removed from the system files folder by using the Delete key:-
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
Complete the process by cleaning the windows registry. In this regard, open the registry editor by executing the “regedit” command through the Start Menu, and get rid of the following fake registry entries before closing the registry editor:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Search-Quick.com\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Search-Quick.com\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Search-Quick.com\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
Restart the infected PC in the normal mode check the effectiveness of your efforts. If the virus is removed successfully, run a complete system scan after updating the antivirus, otherwise you have to repeat the same process.