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Windows 7: How do I completely remove startsearcher


25 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
How do I completely remove startsearcher

Someone has put this browser hijacker on my computer and it's not showing up in add/remove programs. Also, my McAfee Pro antivirus doesn't detect it. Any suggestions?


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25 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

The standard starting point would be to download, update and run a full scan with Malwarebytes and HitMan Pro. I would run MBAM first, followed by HMP.
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25 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Here is a great program offered by Microsoft.

https://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper
I like Dbone also recommend Malware Anti Malware.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free
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25 Sep 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Did you download a 'free' facebook theme? See this bit of info Remove Startsearcher.com - PC HelpSoft
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25 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

No one in my house uses facebook. I noticed start search in the programs list and I notice in my searches using all of my web browsers. I've removed the program but it's affecting my browsers. McAfee didn't pick up so I'm going to try malware bytes and hmp when I get home. If this doesn't work I'll try system restore or uninstalling/reinstalling the browsers I guess.
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25 Sep 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Let's flush the DNS cache and restore MS's Hosts file ....

Copy and paste these lines in Note pad.

@Echo on
pushd\windows\system32\drivers\etc
attrib -h -s -r hosts
echo 127.0.0.1 localhost>HOSTS
attrib +r +h +s hosts
popd
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns
netsh winsock reset all
netsh int ip reset all
shutdown -r -t 1
del %0


Save as flush.bat to your desktop.
Right click on the flush.bat file to run it as Administrator. Your computer will reboot itself.

Now reset your preferred search page. Let me know if this works.
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25 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Didn't work. Trying malware bytes again and hmp....

EDIT: this is what comes up in the address bar h ttp://startsear.ch/?aff= 1
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25 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

If MBAM and HMP don't work, give SUPERAntiSpyware's portable scan a shot:

SUPERAntiSpyware.com - SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner
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25 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Trying now. I used revo uninstaller to uninstall chrome and Firefox, there were odd registry keys they were associated with the browser, some weird blue icon. I re installed them and the issue is gone... worried it's still lurking around though
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25 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I uninstalled all browsers, reinstalled, and went through the registry and deleted everything associated with his hijacker and everything seems to be working fine now.
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