What kind of application is Baro Ds?
Baro Ds is a browser hijacker used to promote the barosearch.com address, a fake search engine. It hijacks a web browser by changing its settings. Our team has discovered Baro Ds on a deceptive website that recommended installing this app to improve the browsing experience.
Baro Ds browser hijacker in detail
Baro Ds promotes barosearch.com by making it the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. It forces users to browse the Internet using a fake search engine that shows results generated by bing.com (and possibly other search engines). Barosearch.com redirects to bing.com via my-search.com and trafficjunction.com.
Bing.com is a legitimate search engine. However, fake search engines can show misleading results and redirect users to other shady pages (or show results generated by untrustworthy search engines). Therefore, it is not recommended to trust them (especially when they are promoted via browser hijackers).
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Baro Ds|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (barosearch.com)||Heimdal Security (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (barosearch.com)||22.214.171.124|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about browser hijackers
Browser hijackers do not allow users to modify the affected settings while they are present. Also, they can be used to gather information about users (the same applies to fake search engines). More examples of browser hijackers are Flow Dark, Protected-Browsing, Defense-Search.
How did Baro Ds install on my browser?
We have found Baro Ds on a deceptive website. It got installed after following the instructions on that page. It is also common for browser hijackers to be bundled with other programs. They can be found in downloaders and installers as optional offers. Browsers get hijacked when installations are finished without changing "Custom", "Advanced", or similar settings.
In some cases, browser-hijacking apps get downloaded or installed via deceptive advertisements designed to run certain scripts. Either way, it is uncommon for apps of this type to be downloaded and installed knowingly.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications (and files) from trustworthy sources like official pages and legitimate platforms. Do not download them from shady websites, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc. Always check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps and deselect them before downloading or installing software.
Do not click on advertisements displayed by shady, dubious websites. The same applies to their notifications. If your computer is already infected with Baro Ds, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Barosearch.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Deceptive website promoting Baro Ds browser hijacker:
Browser notification containing information about Baro Ds browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Baro Ds?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Baro Ds application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Baro Ds browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove barosearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove barosearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Baro Ds browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Baro Ds"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the barosearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Baro Ds browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Baro Ds browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Baro Ds" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Baro Ds", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.barosearch.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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "barosearch.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the barosearch.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Baro Ds", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Baro Ds", remove hxxp://barosearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with barosearch.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the barosearch.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit barosearch.com website?
The creators of the barosearch.com site are interested in making this page more visitable because the revenue they generate through it depends on the count of visitors.
Is visiting barosearch.com a threat to my privacy?
It is possible because websites like barosearch.com can be used to gather various information about the visitor.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
These apps are usually distributed using social engineering tactics, such as browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, etc. Also, they can be found in downloaders and installers for certain programs as optional downloads and installations.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Baro Ds browser hijacker?
Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all present browser-hijacking applications. It is worth mentioning that it can be difficult to remove multiple browser hijackers manually because all of them have to be removed at once, and they can reinstall one another.