Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
DoSearches virus removal instructions
DoSearches.com is a website which is being promoted using browser hijackers which infiltrate user's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) using free software downloads. Many Internet users refer to dosearches.com as a virus or malware due to the fact that this website is being set as their homepage and default search engine without their consent, moreover computer users are unable to change these settings back to their preferred ones. At the time of research this website was using Yahoo search engine to provide it's visitors with results for the entered Internet search queries. Notice that while it returns legitimate search results, developers of this rogue website can change their used Internet search engine to some shady one or ever redirect dosearches.com to some malicious website. If your Internet browsers redirect you to this website you can be sure that your computer is infected with adware, it's recommended to eliminate it from one's Internet browsers. Using this website for one's daily Internet searches may lead to privacy and computer security issues.
Most common source of dosearches.com browser hijacker are free software download websites which are using download clients to manage their freeware download process. These small programs not only manages the free software download process but also offers to install free browser add-on together with the chosen freeware. Some of the mentioned download clients are very deceptive - they hide the "decline" button which can be used to opt-out installation of advertised browser plugins, some of them don't allow to download the chosen free software if users choose not to install some promoted browser add-ons. Internet users who want to avoid installation of such potentially unwanted programs which leads to browser redirects and unwanted ads should be very attentive when downloading free software. While technically dosearches.com is not a virus or malware, it's a browser hijacker and it's highly recommenced to eliminate this adware from one's computer.
DoSearches browser hijacker is especially rogue due to the fact that it not only installs browser helper objects which doesn't allow users to change their homepage and default search engine settings but also changes Internet browsers shortcut targets. It's similar to other adware which causes redirect issues, for example qvo6, Globososo, Portaldosites and many other. To avoid installation of such browser hijackers Internet users should pay close attention when downloading free software. If your download is managed by some download client be sure to click "decline" if you are offered to install some additional browser add-ons. If your Internet browsers already redirect you to dosearches.com use the provided removal guide and eliminate this browser hijacker.
DoSearches virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "dosearches Browser Protect", "Bundled software uninstaller", "FilesFrog Update Checker" and "Wsys Control" select each and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs which causes browser redirects to dosearches.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of the entries that this program detects to make sure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
DoSearches.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove DoSearches from Internet Explorer:
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
Dosearches.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this - locate your Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.dosearches.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
To change you homepage from dosearches.com to your preferred: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove dosearches.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "dosearches".
If you continue having problems with redirects to dosearches.com you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove DoSearches from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
DoSearches.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this - locate your Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.dosearches.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Remove Dosearches.com related browser extensions:
Click on bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab" select them and click on a trash can icon.
Change Google Chrome homepage from dosearches.com to you preferred - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over www.dosearches.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "dosearches" and add or select your preferred.
Remove DoSearches from Mozilla Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
DoSearches.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of one's Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this - locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.dosearches.com/...) which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove www.dosearches.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "dosearches"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue having problems with redirects to dosearches.com you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.