|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.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Asiasearch.co|
A new browser hijacker has been seen to affect user PCs on a large scale. It is reported to be associated with the suspicious search engine asiasearch.co which is reported to be insecure. What is more this potentially unwanted program is ad-supported and this is why security researchers often regard it as being unsafe. This is because third-party advertised content is considered as sometimes directly dangerous to the user in the sense of either scamming users out of their money, collect different information or even infect users with malware.
Asiasearch.co Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It?
One way to install this browser hijacker unknowingly is by a bundled download. Bundled downloads are the sole reason for getting unwanted programs since they are good marketing tool. There are many widely used third-party software providing websites that use bundling to generate profit. But there are some sites that may bundle unhealthy or indirectly dangerous applications to the user PC.
Another way to get this search engine is to click on the button by clicking on the ‘Make Asiasearch your home page’ button.
Asiasearch.co – More about It
Once installed on your computer, Asiasearch.com may situate various tracking technologies on the user PC. Once it has gathered enough information, the suspicious application may set Asiasearch.co as the user’s home page as well as the new tab page. What is more, since the connection is not encrypted you may experience advertisements as your search results that are connected in relevance with your online searches. Side effects for the user PC may vary from slowing down of the PC to dangerous pop-ups that may promote PUPs as well as other unwanted rogue software and also malware.
When it comes to the search engine itself, it was clearly established that the connection to it was not https i.e. encrypted which is highly uncommon for a search engine. More to it than that, the search engine provides its own database with results and it employs several different types of cookies by itself.
Also, the search engine is created by a company called Oxygen Media Group originating from Singapore, which most likely advertises targeted content by vendors and third-parties to users.
Targeted advertising based on the user’s online searches, browsing history, clicks as well as other user information is very good because it helps users discover information about products they are looking for in reputable web sites. However this may not be the case with a browser hijacker associated with Asiaseach.co. The hijacker may display reputable web pages but it may also display pages from vendors that use malvertising or advertise scamming websites. What is more, users may be in for it big time because some site simply use the users’ information for their own interests, whether it is financial or personal.
Removing Asiasearch.co Completely
In order to remove Asiasearch.co fully from your PC you should make sure you follow the step-by-step removal manual illustrated below. What is more, it is important to reset the browser’s settings and since this program may also modify some registry values or create such, it is important to scan the registries with a registry clean-up tool as well. For best and easiest clean-up of such browser hijackers, experts strongly advise users to install an advanced anti-malware program because it is also oriented in removing PUPs like Asiasearch.co browser hijacker and related programs. Such software also ensures that no threats from third-party sites may intrude the user PC.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Asiasearch.co 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Asiasearch.co.
Step 2: Remove Asiasearch.co from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Asiasearch.co and click “Remove”
After Asiasearch.co is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Asiasearch.co 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’.
After Asiasearch.co has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Asiasearch.co
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Asiasearch.co. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Asiasearch.co 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 Asiasearch.co.
Removing Asiasearch.co from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– 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 Asiasearch.co from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
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 Asiasearch.co.
Step 4: Remove Asiasearch.co 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 Asiasearch.co associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Asiasearch.co from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Asiasearch.co from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Asiasearch.co from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Asiasearch.co from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Asiasearch.co from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Asiasearch.co from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Asiasearch.co from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Asiasearch.co from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Asiasearch.co
Step 2: Uninstall Asiasearch.co and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Asiasearch.co on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Asiasearch.co there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Asiasearch.co from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Asiasearch.co and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Asiasearch.co via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Asiasearch.co files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Asiasearch.co, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Asiasearch.co from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Asiasearch.co from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Asiasearch.co from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Asiasearch.co from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Asiasearch.co will be removed.
Eliminate Asiasearch.co from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.