I have a slight problem with Firefox. It is not the issue about the browser itself as it can normally open. The problem is that the homepage of it is not the default one which is set to Google. Instead, search.queryrouter.com appears as homepage. I do not know how I get this, but it redirects me even when I am not searching. I click on ant new tab, I will get new redirection to other pages. This is very annoying. I use antivirus but it does not solve this problem. I do not know if this malware sends my information to a sketchy website in the background or if it is just a redirector that works in the code of browser.
Information about Search.Queryrouter.com
Search.Queryrouter.com is a Meta search engine which provides online search tools and homepage function for computer user. The search engine provides multiple search engine in its interface that net users can use whichever they want simultaneously and users can change one to another without opening any new tab. According to its developers, using this search tool is beneficial as it saves times and effort from having to individually visit multiple search engines to find a desired search result. However, this website is not as good as it claims because many users report that this is a browser hijacker. it is true that it is a search tool for users to utilize but it is also true that it usually comes to a computer with no approval which means that it is uninvited by any user but just set its page as homepage automatically. To say it in other words, it is completely unwanted. As a typical browser hijacker, it firstly attaches to other installers like freeware and shareware and then tries to get inside computer system along with the installation process of these installers. Getting installed on computer is not difficult as too often users do not check the check box. Without checking the third parties in check box, a additional bundle can simply get installed as long as users do not uncheck it. For this reason, it can automatically infect a computer since most users tend to select the quick install rather than custom install. This action gives a chance to this kind of bundle, especially browser hijacker, redirect virus, adware and PUP. Similarly, Search.Queryrouter.com browser hijacker will not miss this chance to promote its homepage and search engine. It will take advantage of such method in order to affect a target computer. This is no doubt that why many users do not notice the infection of browser hijacker as the installation of its process is invisible and covered by other processes.
Once its process is activated on system, it quickly starts taking actions to control web browser like Chrome, Firefox and IE. How can it completely control the entire web browser? Firstly, it adds its link to homepage which means that the default home page is set to its website. As a result, it can quickly open its interface once the infected web browser is opened. Since there is a search engine provided by it, the search engine will be used by victims when they do not notice this search engine is not the one they use before. Through controlling home page and search engine, it is able to easily control the search results. The control of search result can help promote other links, ads, websites and products via linking search results to phishing websites or showing fake search results. While it is of course possible for experienced to be carefully about the search result, the more common situation for users like inexperienced users is to be careless and just directly click on the search result. Easily, this threat has fully control the homepage and search results. Secondly, it continues adding third parties to the affected browser, such as add-on, plug-in and extensions. As long as the add-on and extension are added on computer, these add-on and extensions will display random pop up ads on screen.
How Does Browser Hijacker Sneak onto Your Computer
Most browser hijackers require a carrier which can usually be another installer. Just look back your daily computer activities recently. If you just get this browser hijacker on system before long, you should check what you have done these days. If any new installer is downloaded, check it again as it might be the carrier of browser hijacker. you might probably thinking that you do not see any suspicious threat come to system when the new installer is installed. In fact, you can not see the installation of a browser hijacker once it does not contain a installation process or exe file. What it does is to add its process to the installer it attaches and hide the installation code to other process. Interesting enough, it does not need you to click to install its process as the option Is set only in check box. For some browser hijackers, adware or potential unwanted program even can not unselect in check box as they have totally blocked the option. When you start installing the installer, you will install third parties in check box if all of them are selected. So, if you have just downloaded new program recently, then there may be additive also – and that additive could be the browser hijacker or redirect virus you are dealing with right now. If you still want to ask who let it in, the answer is you. The time you agree to install additional bundles in check box, is the time you are opening a door for browser hijacker and redirect virus or other malware. The infection of browser hijacker Is not difficult as you can imagine because it can simply affect target browser through a little tiny plug-in. What is more important is that, the name of the plug in has nothing to do with browser hijacker. Thus, there is no way for you to delete it at the beginning if it attaches to a plug in. Instead, you can only find the infection of browser hijacker after opening the affected browser. Undoubtedly, this is the may reason why most users do not realize the spread of such infection.
Apart from installer like freeware and shareware, browser hijacker still can be spread through the web by hiding in pop up ads, links and any possible thing that you might click on accidentally. When you are scanning a site, if there are a lot of pop up ads appear on the side of page, you should be aware of them. The infection of browser hijacker is easier once it makes use of pop up content rather than using installers. You get your computer infected by a browser hijacker or redirect virus is simple if you encounter a browser hijacker which hides behind pop up ads, links or other contents. The installation of browser hijacker from pop up contents only needs a simple click. Unlike installers which need many installation step, what pop up content need is a click and it can completely spread the threat to your system. To be more detailed, once you click on the pop up ads, link or even a picture which contain browser hijacker, you will unnoticeable get a download of virus. It may sound crazy but it is true. Just think about it, for the past one year, how many times have your computer been attacked by malware? How many of them occur after you click on something or download something? Do you realize now? If you do and really want to avoid the same thing happens again. You can not stop downloading or scanning web pages, and yet you may still do not have the ability to distinguish which installer will harm system. But you should know that you can lower the possibility of being hacked again by doing many things. The first one is to download new program from its official website even the official website does not always offer a clean version. Then, check the check box before installing. What helps you to not being infected is downloading a professional antivirus.
How To Remove Search.Queryrouter.com
Search.Queryrouter.com can not be kept on computer as it may lead to data theft. The infection of it may result in system loophole. Remote hackers may get remote connection to the infected compute through using system loophole. For this reason, you need to remove Search.Queryrouter.com browser hijacker as soon as possible.
Note: The manual removal method is not recommended if you are not capable of deleting malicious links and locating risky registry entries. If any mistake is made during manual removal, it can lead to more system issues. For computer safety, you can remove it automatically.
Manual Removal Guide
(Not Recommend If You Are Not Skillful)
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 Search.Queryrouter.com 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 Search.Queryrouter.com 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 Search.Queryrouter.com 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 Search.Queryrouter.com 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 Search.Queryrouter.com 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://Search.Queryrouter.com/ which is added after “C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe”. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.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://Search.Queryrouter.com/ which is added after “C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe””. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.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://Search.Queryrouter.com/ which is added after “C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe”. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.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 Search.Queryrouter.com 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.
Reminder: If you fail to get rid of Search.Queryrouter.com manually, the reason can be that you mistakenly delete links or miss some important steps. To completely delete this browser hijacker from browser and clean all its traces, you can choose to remove it automatically by clicking the automatic removal link here or download professional removal tool below.
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