Search.hdesignyoursite.co Redirect

Also Known As: Design Your Site browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.hdesignyoursite.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.hdesignyoursite.com?

search.hdesignyoursite.co is a fake search engine, a browser hijacker, which is installed on web browsers as an extension, add-on or even as a program on your computer (called Design Your Site). Design Your Site is software distributed by a Cyprus company called Polarity Technologies Ltd. If you have the Design Your Site extension or add-on installed, you will see that your search engine has two search boxes (one in the middle and one in the top-left corner) and various icons with links to pages such as gmail.com, yahoo.com, amazon.com, pinterest.com, sitebuilder.com, squarespace.com, and networksolution.com It also shows the current local weather on the top of the Design Your Site search engine and encourages you to visit the so-called National Weather Agency's website by clicking the "Local Weather" link. This is a browser hijacker that looks very similar to search.youreasyemailsh.com, search.thenewssource.cosearch.hinstantgamesnow.com, and other search engines. These fake search engines are distributed by the same company, the Polarity Technologies Ltd., and all redirect to search.yahoo.com, which is a search engine owned by Yahoo.

search.hdesignyoursite.com browser hijacker

No matter which browser you are using (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Microsoft Edge), this browser hijacker can be installed as an add-on, extension or even as a program in the Windows Operating System. This depends on the web browser you are using. For example, if you are using Safari or Chrome, then Design Your Site is installed as an extension. If you are using Mozilla Firefox, it is installed as an add-on. If you are using Internet Explorer (or Microsoft Edge), it is installed directly into the Windows Operating System as a program. Once it is installed, it performs as most browser hijackers - it changes the home page (in this case it is changed to search.hdesignyoursite.co) and usually applies this to newly-opened tabs - you are then redirected to the search.hdesignyoursite.co, however, it adds additional search-related services and changes the error page functionality. It also allows first-party publisher or Partner Cookies to be installed on your browser.

There are countless browser hijackers such as the Design Your Site. Some might seem to differ, but most affect your browser in similar ways by offering various shortcuts to popular (or unknown) websites and redirecting you to other website (in this case, to the search.yahoo.com). The main purpose is to claim to be a legitimate search engine and collect information about your online behaviour or generate revenue by redirecting you to specific websites. Therefore, you are provided with misleading redirects, various unwanted ads, and so on. This could lead to even bigger problems such as computer infections and increased vulnerability to hacker attacks.

How did search.hdesignyoursite.com install on my computer?

In most cases, browser hijackers are bundled together with software you install on your computer, but this does not necessarily mean that it is impossible to install a program (freeware, shareware etc.) without also installing potentially unwanted programs. They are usually installed when users install programs by jumping through the installation steps quickly, clicking the "Next" button without paying attention to what is delivered together (usually in "Custom" or "Advanced" sections). By rushing, you might accept everything offered and including wanted products. In this case, the browser hijacker, Design Your Site. In some cases browser, hijackers are installed through emails, torrents or various download managers.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid potentially unwanted applications, pay attention to what you are installing, where it came from, and how you are installing it. You should download and install software with care, especially if it is free. Do not jump through installation steps. Study each checkbox - these could indicate that you are accepting something you do not want. These checkboxes are usually checked by default. Do not click pop-up ads or suspicious "Download" and other similar buttons, check custom or advanced options if there are any, and avoid unofficial download sources and third-party downloaders. Today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid unwanted applications. Careless behaviour and poor knowledge of these threats are the main reasons for computer infections. If your computer is already infected with Design Your Site, we recommend running a scan with Reimage Repair Tool for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

Design Your Site browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

search.hdesignyoursite.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Design Your Site"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.hdesignyoursite.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Design Your Site browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.hdesignyoursite.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), 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 "Design Your Site...".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the design your site browser hijacker, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Design Your Site" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hdesignyoursite.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "search.hdesignyoursite.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the design your site browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Design Your Site" (or "WebDesign"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove Design Your Site (or either "WebDesign") and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hdesignyoursite.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with design your site browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove design your site browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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