How to Remove MetaSearch


Is MetaSearch a malicious search site? It do not look like a normal search site because the search engine of it is so small and it comes to my computer forcibly. I have not installed it and set it as my search engine, however, it just automatically appears when I open Firefox. How can I know if it is a fake search engine or something dangerous as virus?

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More about MetaSearch

MetaSearch is a fake search engine which is also regarded to be a redirect virus. It has the ability to enter the target computer by taking advantage of the internet. By making use of online resources, this redirect virus can silently get into the target system without authorization. Most users do not realize how and when this virus get into their computer for the reason that the attack of it can not be seen. Usually, it attacks the system by bundling with third party downloads which always come form unreliable sites. Those untrustworthy sites are created by hackers, they implant some malicious codes that can let computer virus hide behind the web pages and take chance to infect computer system. Meanwhile, when users get access to these sites, they may get their computer infected by those threats hide in the web pages if they perform any click or download. Moreover, this redirect virus can also be delivered via attaching to free downloads as freeware, shareware, games EXE files and P2P files. It can be installed when the programs it bundle with are installed with permission.

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Furthermore, this redirect will first take quick actions to alter the browser settings in order to perform the next step of bring unwanted items to the infected computer. To be more detailed, it infiltrates the computer system and change browser settings as homepage and search engine. Then it introduces additional add-ons/extensions as well as favorites to the the infected browsers. Next, it installs other programs onto the system without permission. That is why many victims complaint there are many other unwanted programs/software installed on their computer even they have removed this redirect virus, the programs still exist. The affected machine will run very slow ad weird for the system has been totally messed up. Crucial files and folders are damaged by this threat. The system resources are used up. These all result from the infection of this redirect virus.

How does MetaSearch redirect Virus Infect Your Computer?

MetaSearch redirect virus first secretly invades your computer along with freeware, malware, adware, infected USB device, suspicious system file or other invisible methods. Second, it changes your default homepage and search engine, consequently, you will be redirect to some malicious websites which contains annoying pop up ads and malicious infections. Third, this infection does harm to your antivirus program which makes them do not work effectively on protecting your computer. Fourth, this redirect virus blocks Windows Firewall and Windows Defender in order to damage your computer security defense and allow other system threats entering the infected system and lead to a further damage. Fifth, it records your online data and let them out to the remote hackers only for stealing your money.

Symptom caused by MetaSearch redirect virus

System block or blue screen
Annoying pop ups fill up the entire screen shot when browser is open
Super slow system performance
Mandatory redirects occur when use browser to search information
Additional toolbar and extension are added to the browser
Default system settings are changed
Personal data is collected by remote hackers
Internet connection speed is reduced
Frequent plugin crashes
Potential adware and other infections are installed

How to Remove MetaSearch

You can remove MetaSearch automatically or manually.
Method one:Remove MetaSearch Automatically
Method two: Remove MetaSearch Manually

Removal Guides

Method one:Remove MetaSearch Automatically
* Step One: download removal tool SpyHunter on your PC by clicking the follow button.
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* Step two: Save and Install it on your computer by following the installation wizard.

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* step three: After finishing the installation, launch SpyHunter and click “Malware Scan”to perform a full and quick system scan on your PC.

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* step four: After the system scan, choose select all and then click Remove to eliminate all the threats on your PC

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Method two: Remove MetaSearch Manually
1. Clear Add-ons and Extensions on the Browsers
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options

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(3). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons

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* Firefox:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons

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(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions

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(2). Disable the extensions
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab

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*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box

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And then click Details tab

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(2). located and end the processes
3. Locate and Remove Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization

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(3). Click on Folder Options

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(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

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(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options

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Click View tab in the Folder Options window, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

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4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the related registry entries through Registry Editor
Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”

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While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\run\Random.exe
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe
%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”

Tips to Avoid Computer Threats

1.Keep away from suspicious sites
Almost all computer viruses are delivered through the internet. Hackers like to implant the infections into those insecure websites that PC users are easy to visit.
2.Do not download unfamiliar programs
Many users would like to download some freeware from unofficial sites because the official download will cost money. However, those freeware and shareware offered by the free download websites are not completely safe. Once you install those free downloads, you may get your computer infected by virus.
3.Select Advanced or Custom installation
The Advanced or Custom installation should always be the first choice once you are installing the third party programs for some unwanted bundles can be installed along with your wanted software. You need to choose the Advanced or Custom installation to avoid malicious bundles.
4.Keep your Windows Firewall and Windows Defense open
The Windows Firewall and Windows Defense can provide you a safe computer protection which can prevent your computer from infections. You need to keep them open and do not ever close them when you are browsing the internet.
5.Update your system and software
It is necessary to update your system and the software you have installed since the update will fix the loophole of old version.

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Conclusion

MetaSearch is a dangerous redirect virus which can badly threaten the infected system by performing a lot of evil activities a it is mentioned above. Removing this redirect virus from the affected computer can be quiet difficult for naive PC users for the manual removal method requires high PC skills. Deleting files and registry are not easy for inexperienced users due to the high risk of it, users will make mistakes when removing malicious files and registry because sometimes they can be very nervous during the process. However, it is not safe for the computer if this threat keeps staying on the system and continues to install unwanted items and introduce other kinds of computer infections as Trojan, Ransomware and browser threats.

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