|Name||LetsSearch.com 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|
A 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.
→ISP (Internet Service Provider).
IP Address (Internet Protocol).
Anonymous user identifiers.
User configuration and settings.
When and how the users use the software and services as well as other software
Advertisements the user views.
Home or work address.
Telephone and fax numbers.
Any other voluntary submitted information.
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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 LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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 LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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 LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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 LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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 LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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 LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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 LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate LetsSearch.com Browser Hijacker 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.