Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
DoSearches virus removal instructions
The DoSearches.com website is promoted using browser hijackers, which infiltrate users' 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 since this website is assigned as their homepage and default search engine without their consent. Furthermore, computer users are unable to revert these settings to their preferred ones. At time of research, this website used the Yahoo! search engine to provide visitors with results for the entered Internet search queries, and whilst legitimate search results are returned, developers of this rogue website are likely to change the search engine to a more dubious version or redirect dosearches.com to a malicious website. If your Internet browsers redirect you to this website, your computer is infected with adware, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s. Using this website for your daily Internet searches may lead to privacy and computer security issues.
A common source of the dosearches.com browser hijacker is free software download websites, which use 'download clients' to manage the freeware download process. These small programs also offer installation of free browser add-ons together with the chosen freeware. Furthermore, some download clients are deceptive and conceal the 'decline' button, which can be used to opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins. Others disallow download of chosen free software unless users agree to install promoted browser add-ons. Internet users who wish to avoid installation of such potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), which leads to browser redirects and unwanted ads, should be attentive when downloading free software. Technically, dosearches.com is not a virus or malware, however, it is a browser hijacker and therefore it is advisable to eliminate this adware from your computer immediately.
The DoSearches browser hijacker is especially rogue since it installs browser 'helper objects', which a) prevent users from changing their homepage and default search engine settings, and b) modify browser shortcut targets. It is similar to other adware, which cause redirect issues including qvo6, Globososo, and Portaldosites amongst many others. To avoid installation of such browser hijackers, pay close attention when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a 'download client', click the 'decline' button if you are invited to install additional browser add-ons. If your Internet browser/s redirect you to dosearches.com, use the removal guide provided to 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 PUPs (which cause browser redirects to the dosearches.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure 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:
The Dosearches.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of your 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 the Target field and eliminate the text (hxxp://www.dosearches.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
To change your homepage from dosearches.com to your preferred domain, 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 each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or the 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 to have problems with redirects to dosearches.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click the "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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove DoSearches from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
The DoSearches.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the 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 the 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 the bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab", select them and click the trash can icon.
Change the Google Chrome homepage from dosearches.com to you preferred domain - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In the "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 the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "dosearches" and add or select your preferred domain.
Remove DoSearches from Mozilla Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
The DoSearches.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the 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 the 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 to have problems with redirects to dosearches.com, reset your 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 the "Reset Firefox" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in DoSearches Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of DoSearches Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove DoSearches Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.