Do You Have A Search Redirecting Malware Problem?

Courtesy of stayonsearch.comThese days our computers are plagued with all types of threats. One of the more common is a search redirecting malware. These annoyances will make you feel like picking up your computer and throwing it out of the window. But, don’t! There is a solution.

What is Malware?

Malware, also known as malicious software, is software designed to intrude into your computer and contaminate it with adware, spyware, Trojan horses, worms, rootkits and computer viruses. Several of these are virtually harmless, but some can severely damage your computer. There are no honorable intentions for the creation of this software. Any time your computer is failing, running slow, short of memory, unable to boot up, redirecting searches, or showing excessive popups, there is probably a malware responsible. These have most recently been used primarily to extract personal and financial information for the profits of those who create them.

How Does Search Redirecting Malware Work?

This type of malware derives from rootkits which are embedded in your computers registry and program files as an administrator. Therefore, it is activated before your operating system and prevents anti-virus software from detecting or removing it. From there, it creates a redirect ‘host’ in your system files that sends your search to the designated web address it was designed to. A few examples of these web addresses are as follows:

  • Happili(dot)com
  • Luxemil(dot)com
  • Search(dot)searchonme(dot)com
  • Businesslistingsearch(dot)net
  • Ads(dot)alpha0001(dot)com
  • Aim-search(dot)net

This list could go on for days. This is why this problem is so prevalent. So many of these web addresses appear innocent, but couldn’t be further from it. In most cases, these web addresses send you to a group of paid to promote or ad sites that the creators of these malwares make profits from. These are not nearly as harmful as other malicious software’s, but are a huge annoyance.

What Can Be Done To Remove Them?

There are two options: manually removal or automated removal. Both options can be performed yourself with the automated being the safest. When trying to remove these yourself, there will be several files that need to be deleted. If the wrong program is deleted accidentally, your computer could be ruined for good. There are several automated software’s online that can detect and remove the search redirecting malware. There are a few good ones that are free, but the best will need to be bought at a relatively low cost. Pick whichever works best for you.

If you feel that you may have a search redirecting malware, the sooner you can get it taken care of the better. I think it’s fair to say everyone with a computer uses a search engine almost daily. Don’t allow this problem to slow your life down.