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DoSearches Virus

Also Known As: DoSearches.com Redirect
Damage level: Moderate

What is dosearches.com?

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.

Dosearches virus homepage

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 qvo6Globososo, 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.

Deceptive free software installer used in dosearches.com browser hijacker distribution:

dosearches.com browser hijacker installer

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Quick menu:

DoSearches.com browser hijacker removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

Dosearches uninstall

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Dosearches removal from Intenret Explorer shortcut target

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".

Change homepage:

Dosearches removal from Intenret Explorer homepage

To change your homepage from dosearches.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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:

Dosearches removal from Intenret Explorer default search engine settings

Click on 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 "dosearches".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the dosearches.com redirect, 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:

Dosearches removal from Google Chrome shortcut target

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:

Dosearches removal from Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab", select them and click the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Dosearches removal from Google Chrome homepage

Change the Google Chrome homepage from dosearches.com to you preferred domain - click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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:

Dosearches removal from Google Chrome default search engine settings

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "dosearches" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the dosearches.com redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Dosearches removal from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target

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".

Change homepage:

Dosearches removal from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) 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.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with dosearches.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, 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the dosearches.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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.

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