, it modify the browser settings. The homepage along with the default search provider is changed automatically without your consent. There are a number of methods used by the hackers to spread this infection including live video streaming, freeware, p2p sharing of files, and social engineering. The aim of developing this lethal browser hijacker is to access the targeted systems remotely and take the control of the online activities of the user. It redirects all your web searches towards unknown places due to which you cannot open the websites of your choice. This lethal browser hijacker eats a large portion of your system resources due to which the systems gets extremely slow. The overall efficiency of the system reduces as long as the infection remained in the computer.
Manual Removal of Searches7
After detecting the Searches7 virus in your computer, you need to remove it in a way that it never returns back to your computer. You can remove this virus either manually or by using some quality automatic removal tools. The manual removal method of xnwfile.com is only recommended for the advanced level users, and described below:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
Reboot the system and hit the F8 key while the system is restarting to access the boot options screen. Once you are able to see the boot options list, you have to select the Safe Mode option by using the arrow key and press the Enter key to access the infected computer in the safe mode.
End the Malicious Processes
Open the task manager by holding the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together, and choose the Processes tab in the task manager window. You are required to remove the following corrupt processes associated with this malicious application:-
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Remove the Associated Data
Following are the files that are required to be removed from the system files folder by using the file explorer and Delete key:-
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
You have to remove the fake and corrupt entries from the windows registry, and in this regard, you have to open the registry editor by clicking on the Start Menu, select Run, and type “regedit”. Once the registry editor is accessed, you have to find and remove the following malicious entries before closing the registry editor:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Searches7\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Searches7\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\Searches7\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
Reboot the infected computer and see how effectively you have followed the instructions of the manual removal process. After successful removal of adware infection, you must not forget to update the existing antivirus program and run a complete system scan in order to remove any available infections caused by this nasty adware virus.