How to remove xlsearch.net hijacker
What is xlsearch.net?
Also Known As: xlsearch.net virus
xlsearch.net is an undesirable search tool users often discover set on their browsers these days. Since they often cannot remember allowing this to happen, xlsearch.net is classified as a browser hijacker by a number of specialists working in the field of cyber security. Our specialists were not surprised at all when they found out that this search tool appears on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers without a user’s consent in most cases. As in the case with many others hijackers, users who find xlsearch.net set on their browsers should go to erase it as soon as possible. They should do that so that they could set a preferred search engine in its place. Also, its deletion is the only way to avoid problems which might arise out of using this search tool as a default search engine. Of course, this tool for searching the web is far from dangerous malicious applications, but we are sure you will agree with specialists that xlsearch.net is not a reputable search tool and decide to get rid of it after reading this description.
Researchers have thoroughly tested xlsearch.net to find out whether it is a trustworthy search tool or not. Findings they have made are quite shocking. First of all, it has been revealed that this search engine might show the so-called sponsored search results, which are, generally speaking, simple advertisements promoting third-party websites, on the search results page, which looks totally like a legal search engine page. Of course, users do not even suspect that they might be provided with untrustworthy search results. Therefore, there is a very huge possibility that users of xlsearch.net will eventually click on these promotional links.
Please remember, that the clicking on such ads might be quite a dangerous activity because an untrustworthy website might be opened immediately. Websites which install malicious software on visitors’ computers on their arrival also exist, meaning that a second spent on a certain third-party website might result in the presence of harmful software. We do not try to say here that ALL websites promoted by promotional links appearing on the search results page of xlsearch.net are bad, but you can never be sure that you click on a decent search result if you continue using this search engine as your default search tool.
STEP 1. xlsearch.net 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 xlsearch.net 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 xlsearch.net 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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