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Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker Completely

Name LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker
Type Browser Hijacker
Short Description The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.
Symptoms The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.
Distribution Method Bundling or download.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker

letssearch-hijackerA new hijacker has been reported to take over users’ web browsers. It has been reported that LetsSearch may affect the most widely used web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. The PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) may exhibit a behaviour that will slow down the overall performance of the user PC. What is more, LetsSearch claims to collect various identifiable user information and may share it with third-party sites. The reason experts recommend the removal of LetsSearch is that it may lead the user to malicious sites by displaying various types of advertisements.

LetsSearch.com Hijacker – How Did I Get It?

One way to receive this annoying hijacker on your PC is by directly downloading it via different sites, believing it is a useful application that will assist you with your everyday browsing. The most often reason however may be its installation unknowingly in a bundled setup. Bundling is most commonly met in sites that provide the download of different freeware in one place. Most users tend to miss applications such as LetsSearch in one place while fast-clicking their way through the installation process. Users should beware for any steps that may prompt the including of LetsSearch Hijacker as a free extra along with installing the app and always shoose ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ install process if possible.

LetsSearch.com Hijacker – What Does It Do?

One thing that is very common for this browser hijacker is that it sets LetsSearch.com as the user’s website. This is a suspicious search engine, that does not have its own database and uses Ask.com search as a provider. Ask.com is used by many suspicious search engines that are set as home pages because of browser hijackers on user PCs.
What is more, the http connection to this search engine is not encrypted i.e. secure (https) and this is highly uncommon for a search engine. An unsecure http connection gives different programs opportunity to modify different content on a site (like advertisement administering), allow external domains to track users via cookies, pixels, beacons and other tracking technologies and even phish or deface the website.

cookies

What is more, the providers of the search engine may also collect the following user information, as mentioned in their privacy policy:

ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Location.
IP Address (Internet Protocol).
Anonymous user identifiers.
Device configuration.
Advertising ID.
User configuration and settings.
When and how the users use the software and services as well as other software
Advertisements the user views.
Users’ name.
Home or work address.
Email address.
Telephone and fax numbers.
Birthdate.
Gender.

Any other voluntary submitted information.
What is more the company may use different third-party advertisers in order to advertise third-party content. According to their privacy policy these advertisers use cookies and other technologies to also collect different user information. What is more the company may also share PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and other info with third-parties:

pii collection and sharing

The reason the app is considered unsafe is primarily due to third-party advertised content. Most ad-supported applications advertise respectful and well-known third-party sites. However, some may promote other unwanted websites along with the legitimate ones. Such may either user different ways to scam users out of their funds or employ various malware infections in user PCs.

Removing LetsSearch.com Hijacker Completely

In order to manually remove this browser hijacker, you should follow the step-by-step removal tutorial after mentioned here. Also, it is highly recommended to scan your computer with an advanced anti-malware program in order to discover any left-over files that are on your computer after manual uninstall and to check if your PC has been infected by a malicious site. By doing so you also make sure you ensure protection for yourself in the future.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker.

    Step 2: Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove

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    After LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker.

    Removing LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
    Windows-10-0 (1)

    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker.

    Step 4: Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker threat: Manual removal of LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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