I accidentally installed a bunch of adware and browser hijacker after installing a piece of new software from insecure website. As I dealt with some threats before so I was able to remove almost everything permanently except for the Coolsearch.Info browser hijacker. It has changed the default settings of Chrome and Firefox. My removal tool could not detect this malware on system because it said this threat was removed successfully at the first time, but it usually came back. Does anyone know how to fully delete it and avoid it coming back? All help will be greatly appreciated.
What Is Coolsearch.Info
Coolsearch.Info is a browser hijacker. just like many other browser hijackers, this threat aims at changing default home page and search engine without approval. As long as the homepage is hijacked, it will automatically redirect web page to its domain. When you engage in the attack of this infection, you will be annoyed by many troubles. In other words, each time your eyes glance on your computer, you may see a lot of pop up ads on computer, which will fill up the entire screen. While it is of course possible for experienced computer users to be quickly notice the infection of browser hijacker like this, but some inexperienced users will be tricked by such redirection. These users may not know the changes of homepage and search engine and they may keep using this search engine or homepage to surf the internet. The more common pattern for PC users is to be unnoticeable and keep use this unknown search engine to search. However, no matter what keywords you type in the search box, the search result provided by this engine will sometimes contain third party contents like pop up ads, sales, links and insecure web pages. The click of the search result will lead to other redirection to other sites. The third party contents are used by this browser hijacker to promote other sites which try to convince you or even force you to download or buy something from its website. To be more detailed, you may be redirected to other websites which contain ads, sales and downloads. Before you can get to know the trick, some other threats will take chance to attack your computer aggressively.
There is no doubt that you can use a unknown search engine to look for information online if you like, or let such browser hijacker keep hijacking the homepage and forcing you to use its services. Browser hijackers which forcibly change default browser setting in an attempt to control your search activities are usually want to collect your personal information. When you give up the control of your online search you are letting this browser hijacker to take over all your online steps. You are putting your personal details into danger and that is the most important and dangerous thing. Coolsearch.Info browser hijacker may try to control your search for the purpose of gathering your online data, including search queries, websites contents, log in information and other possible details you upload to the web. By analyzing your personal details, it is able to know your online habits well. Thus, it can display some pop up ads according to your habit and then district your attention. The click of these ads can help to improve its website rating and ranking. When you access to these websites, you are improving their visitor numbers simultaneously. All these behaviors are dangerous because you have no idea what details are collected and how these details will be used. What if hackers or browser hijacker developers sell them to other people? What if other hackers collect these details to get access to your computer and take advantage of the occasion to steal your financial details? Once any hacker get these valuable details like account information and social network data, they are able to trick your friends and family for financial purpose. Then who will take the responsibility at that time? You will face many issues in then end if you do not get rid of Coolsearch.Info virus timely. The below will provide a manual removal guide if you want to completely remove Coolsearch.Info.
The Risks of Keeping Coolsearch.Info Virus
Coolsearch.Info is not technically a computer virus as a browser hijacker usually hijacks web browser only. But the risks of this browser hijacker are not low but as high as other threats. Most of time, the infection of browser hijacker is just a start, many other threats and malware will come to attack your system once the entire system is controlled by someone else. The infection of this threat is a sign indicating that your computer is not protected and no longer safe. Browser hijacker can interfere with a good system performance and online experience, while some even can open a door for other malware. As it is said above, such Coolsearch.Info virus may try to spy n your online activities and collect relevant data, so the big problem about browser hijacker attack is data theft. The internet is not safe at all and it will be more dangerous if you let a threat take control your surf. Managing your online steps will be considerably easier when it has totally controlled the affected web browsers.
With it running on computer, it will be easier for hackers to get access to your computer and steal financial details. The reveal of personal data is usually starts with infection of virus like this. The problem is, the infection of this browser hijacker can be easily notice as you will the homepage is changed when open the infected browser. But the infection of other malware caused by this threat is invisible that you do not know what new threats are installed. Some inexperienced users do not even notice the changes of homepage or search engine as some browser hijackers have a super professional interface just like Google. If you are saving up all day for removing this browser hijacker manually but still not successful, you may better download a professional removal tool here.
The Spread of Coolsearch.Info Browser Hijacker
Browser hijackers are usually attached to other installers to spread to target computer. In fact, any new program you are going to download from the web may include additives and browser hijacker could be one of them. If you concentrate on the installation of a new installer, you can find that the default installation is not the only option you can choose. The installation of new program is an important part of a safe computer system as new installation is usually a means of attacking computer for most malware. When you download a new program, you are selective with additional bundles. Well, what you are selecting could be the part of the problem.
Browser hijacker like this one is spread through the web by attaching to third parties like exe files. The installation code of such browser hijacker is inserted to target installer. When you download the files which carry its code, it will be downloaded to your computer. If a browser hijacker makes its search engine as one of bundles of a new program, you can stop its installation by unselecting it from check box. However, for most browser hijackers, they do not provide any option for you to uncheck them by force you to install. Probably the most difficult thing about avoiding a browser hijacker is stopping its attack when it attaches to other installers.
How To Remove Coolsearch.Info
Coolsearch.Info is a dangerous browser hijacker that you should remove. However, as difficult as it can be, you can not keep using it to search or leave it stay on system without doing anything as it will harm your computer and put your personal data into danger. If you get infected by this browser virus, please follow the manual removal guide below to fully get rid of Coolsearch.Info virus step by step.
Reminder: The manual removal method does not always take effect if this browser hijacker is stubborn which can block all settings. You may fail to remove Coolsearch.Info manually if you miss some important steps. The improper removal will lead to more troubles. Thus, you can download the removal tool below to automatically remove this browser hijacker from computer.
Coolsearch.Info detected by removal tool
Manual Removal Guide (For Experienced Users)
Step one. Uninstall suspicious new programs from computer
For Windows 7 & Vista:
Click the “Start“menu, and then click “Control Panel”.
Then, select “Uninstall a program” under “Programs” category.
In the window that shows all installed programs, find out suspisious program, select it and click on the Uninstall/Change button.
For Windows 8:
Right-click Start menu and select Programs and Features.
In the opened window, look for suspicious and then click Uninstall to remove it.
For Windows XP:
From desktop, click “Start” menu and then choose “Control Panel” option
In the window that opens, double click the “Add or Remove Programs” link.
Find the risky program you want to remove, select it and then click the “Remove” button.
Step two. Delete Coolsearch.Info from web browsers
The step includes deleting many links from Chrome, Firefox and IE, such as homepage, start up page, search page and search engine. If you are not patient and careful enough to do so, you can directly restore browser settings to default which will completely remove all personal settings, favorites, cookies and add-ons.
Open chrome startup page, click main settings icon at the top right corner and move to choose “settings” option from pull-down list
Go to settings page, click “set pages” option.
Remove Coolsearch.Info link from startup pages window. Then you can leave the start up page box blank or just put “about:blank” or other favorite start up page link into it optionally.
Click “OK” to save.
Back to settings page, click “change” option.
Remove Coolsearch.Info link from home page option. Put “about:blank” into it instead or you can just leave it blank.
Click “OK” to save and exist
open Firefox homepage, click main menu icon and selet “options”
go to homepage setting and remove Coolsearch.Info link from homepage box.
close web browser
Open IE homepage, click main settings icon at the top right corner and then select “internet options” from list
Go to internet options window, delete Coolsearch.Info from homepage box and then put “about:blank” into it instead.
Do not forgive to click “OK” to save the changes.
Step three. Clean web browser properties
Find Chrome icon on desktop, right click it first, and then select “properties” option from the drop-down list.
Once the new window is opened, check “target” section and delete http://Coolsearch.Info/ which is added after “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” only. Check it again, click “OK” as it is clear.
Click continue once the “access denied” window pops up
Find Internet Explorer icon on desktop, right click it first, and then select “properties” option from the drop-down list.
Once the new window is opened, check “target” section and delete http://Coolsearch.Info/ which is added after “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe””. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”” only.
Check it again, click “OK” as it is clear.
Find Firefox icon on desktop, right click it first, and then select “properties” option from the drop-down list.
Once the new window is opened, check “target” section and delete http://Coolsearch.Info/ which is added after “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” only. Check it again, click “OK” as it is clear.
Click continue once the “access denied” window pops up
Step four. Locate and remove registry entries
Click start or windows icon at the lower let corner on desktop, search “regedit” on computer. And then click “regedit” program
As a result, the registry editor will pop up. Click “edit” and then choose “find”
Once the search box pops up, put Coolsearch.Info into it and click “find next” option
Delete related registry string found after searching.
select on the target tsring, right click it and choose “delete”
back to “find” step and repeat the “find-delete” step till nothing related is found in result.
The improper deletion of malicious links of Coolsearch.Info threat will lead to the failure of removal as if any link is kept, it may cause infection for a second time. Instead of finding the reason of why you fail to remove Coolsearch.Info manually by checking step is wrong from the beginning, using removal tool to scan the whole system will be more effective.
Attention: The following video offers a complete guide for Coolsearch.Info redirect virus removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode!