What is Proc-search.com?
Also Known As: Proc-search.com virus
Proc-search.com is a website which tries to convince users that it is a legitimate search provider. Unfortunately, it is not what it claims to be so keeping and using it as a default search tool might be a really bad idea. Experts believe that ProcSearch search tool is nothing more than a browser hijacker because it changes users’ browsers settings without permission.
That is, it hijacks all browsers by setting itself as a homepage, default search engine, and, in some cases, New Tab page. If you become its victim too, you must go to uninstall Proc-search.com from your browsers as soon as possible because ProcSearch will not do anything good to you, but all kinds of problems might surely arise due to its presence on your computer. We will talk about the Proc-search.com removal in detail in the last paragraph, so you should definitely continue reading this article if you have zero knowledge about the deletion of browser hijackers.
Proc-search.com is not a search tool that can be trusted although it looks quite trustworthy. Yes, it might show you search results when you enter a query in its search box, but these search results will contain advertisements. These advertisements open third-party websites, but, unfortunately, nobody knows whether all these ads displayed to you can be trusted fully. In most cases, browser hijackers are used to promote all kinds of websites and generate money to their developers by doing that, so nobody really cares about your security, except for you. What we try to say here is that links opening websites with malicious software might be shown to you as well. Malware might be installed on your computer the second you enter a corrupted website with malware, so it is advisable to lower the chances of ending up on such pages. You can do that by going to implement the Proc-search.com removal today. Undoubtedly, you will not regret making a decision to delete it.
STEP 1. Proc-search.com removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
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Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Proc-search.com related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Proc-search.com reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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