A potentially unwanted application has been reported by malware researchers to be silently installed on computers after which to set a web page on the user PC as a home page. The web pages are daum.net and naver.co.kr and along with them, the app displays multiple different type of advertisements and may perform other modifications of the browser. Since such unwanted programs are considered to be indirectly harmful and may collect different information about you, we advise you to read this research about naver.co.kr and daum.net associated browser hijacker.
|Short Description||Causes browser redirects, aims to generate hoax traffic and profit by displaying ads.|
|Symptoms||Messages, pop-up boxes, and redirects appear in your browser.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Suspicious Sites, Redirects|
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How Did I Get Searchlike Browser Hijacker
This application has been reported by malware analysts at Symantec to be silently installed on affected users’ PCs. This is most often done by something known as software bundling. Usually, when you install an application via third-party program setups, like free movie players, torrent downloaders and other freeware. Since open-source program installers can be distributed by any website or via torrents, some publishers may combine them with the installer of Searchlike browser hijacker. The app may be advertised as a useful program to assist you In your daily activities and you may miss it if you fast-click your way through the installation process.
This is why experts often recommend taking your time while installing free programs on your machine and furthermore to choose wisely from which website you download those programs.
More Information on Searchlike, Daum.net and Naver.co.kr
Once Searchlike is installed on your computer, it creates a folder in the %AppData% directory of Windows, where it drops it’s files, required to modify the browser and display ads. The files are the following:
In the same time as it drops the files, the Searchline software begins to ad registry values in the Windows Registry Editor. Researchers report the following values to be added in the sub-keys Run and Uninstall, located in the key HKEY_USERS:
The program then may change the default home page or new tab to one of the following websites:
The software may then begin to display different types of advertised content, such as:
- Banner taking over.
- Browser redirects to third-party websites on a new tab.
We have decided to investigate both domains Daum.net and Naver.co.kr, to see what is their purpose exactly.
Naver.Co.Kr – More Informaiton
When naver.co.kr is opened, the website immediately redirects to naver.com. This means that this domain may be created for the sole purpose of causing the redirect itself.
In addition to this, the website which causes the redirect may use tracking information such as cookies, pixels, tags and other, to determine the user’s:
- Browser history.
- Search history.
- Online clicks.
All of this information may or may not be collected by affiliates of Searchlike browser hijacker and used to display different advertisements, but there is also a probability that this information may be traded with other affiliates in certain events. (sale, merger, acquisition, etc.)
Daum.net – More Information
This website is also amongst the sites that may be used for the user to see. It is another big website written in what appears to be Korean. This means that the program may be featured primarily in Korean-spreaking countries and users.
Searchlike Browser Hijacker – Conclusion and Removal
Both websites may have modified banner spaces and display different type of advertisements. The bottom line for them is that the software known as Searchlike may be a part of a large affiliate network that uses the popular websites just as a pretext to display it’s advertisements. When an advertisement is displayed, it drives traffic towards the website and this is the primary method of profit by those affiliate networks. Since many of their providers don’t mind as to what websites they advertise, advice is to immediately remove the SearchLike software from your computer, preferably by using the instructions below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Searchlike from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Searchlike from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Searchlike from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Searchlike from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Searchlike from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Searchlike from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Searchlike from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Searchlike from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Searchlike
Step 2: Uninstall Searchlike 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 Searchlike 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 Searchlike there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Searchlike from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Searchlike 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 Searchlike 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 Searchlike files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Searchlike, 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 Searchlike 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 Searchlike 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 Searchlike 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 Searchlike 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 Searchlike will be removed.
Eliminate Searchlike 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.