|Name||Docksearch.net 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.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to start a discussion about Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker.|
In case you have see docksearch.net set as your homepage, there is a good chance it may be due to a browser hijacker that has been uploaded to your computer. What is more, Docksearch.net Browser Hijackeris a program that is mostly oriented towards displaying annoying advertisements based on collected information abut what the user likes. The PUP(Potentailly Unwanted Program) is also highly believed to cause browser redirects towards the user PC.
Docksearch.net – How Did I Get It?
One way you may have received this unhealthy ad-supported program that sets the suspicious search engine on your PC is called bundling. Bundling is a common strategy used by third-party software providers in order to market a product into users PCs by simply installing it along other downloaded software. Some third-party sites, however do not guide themselves by any rules as to what programs they bundle and this is how you may have gotten Docksearch.net hijacker on your machine.
Once installed on your computer, the browser hijacker may or may not situate objects in the following locations:
Microsoft Registry Editor– HKEY_USER_LOCAL – to run files upon system startup
After this is done, the hijacker may begin to run a .exe process that may collect various information about the version of the user PC and may also situate cookies as well. Cookies are small text files that store different information. In this case it may be user searches, clicks and other info on which basis ads may be generated. We have identified cookies from several different places when we checked the search engine docksearch.net itself:
It was also established that the search engine is ad-supported and has banners that lead users to various websites that redirect twice, even three times to malicious links such as this one that prompted us to complete a survey:
What is more to it than that, the search engine does not support web encryption which is highly uncommon for search engines. Another uncommon thing was the redirect to a third-party website, called findamo.com which displayed sponsored search results:
Removing Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker Completely From Your PC
It is highly advisable to use specific software to remove this browser hijacker since there is a chance it may have redirected you to malicious sites that may have already infected your PC. In order to remove it manually, please follow the step-by-step manual below. Also, make sure you follow the tips after the article to help make your PC and your habits more safety oriented in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Docksearch.net 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Docksearch.net 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’.
After Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker 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 Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Docksearch.net Browser Hijacker will be removed.