How to remove searchya.com browser hijacker

Searchya.com toolbar promises to substantially enhance and improve your browser experience. In some cases this add-on may be installed through quite legal manners. This often happens when users install some freeware, with their installer being bundled with that of searchya.com search bar. Failure to uncheck the respective box leads to installation of this bar onto your browser. By the way, this add-on may become implanted into any browser you have – Opera, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. We’ve told about legal ways this search bar enters your system. Yet, there are cases of unauthorized installation of this add-on onto your browser. This leads us to the conclusion that it may be quite correct to speak of searchya.com as an unwanted application.

SearchYa hijacker

When searchya.com is implanted onto your system illegally, you will surely find this very annoying. This means that whenever you attempt to search for some information that is important for you, this site will be the default search page of your browser. Moreover, all your search requests will be redirected via searchya.com. As we’ve mentioned, the developers of this bar promise to improve your search experience. However, it turns out to be quite opposite. Instead of obtaining the desired results, users often see things that don’t relate to the search queries at all. Plus, they see the bunch of paid advertisements.

Hence, you surely need to know the answer on how to effectively and successfully get rid of searchya.com hijacker that took over your browser. It is worth saying that automatic removal of this search bar through security software might not be really effective. In many cases it is important to first implement some manual steps as described below. Hopefully, this will help you uninstall this searchya.com unwanted app from your computer.


searchya.com removal tool:

searchya.com redirect virus removal milestones:

  • Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  • Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus
  • Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  • Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  • Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  • Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  • Consider using CCleaner to delete unwanted system/temp files and browser cache
  • The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  1. Check the Local Area Network (LAN) settings of your system
  2. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Internet Options.
    Windows XP Example:

    Windows Vista / Windows 7 Example:

    b) Click on “Connections” tab, then click “LAN settings” button.

    c) Uncheck (untick) the checkbox under “Proxy server” option and hit OK.

  3. Check whether DNS settings have been changed by Redirect Virus:
  4. a) Open Control Panel (Start->Control Panel).
    b) Double-click “Network Connections” icon to open it.
    c) Right-click on “Local Area Connection” icon and select “Properties”.

    d) Select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties” button.

    e) Choose “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and click OK.

  5. Check your Windows HOSTS file contents
  6. a) Go to: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc.
    b) Double-click “hosts” file to open it. Choose to open with Notepad.

    c) The “hosts” file should look the same as in the image below. There should be only one line: 127.0.0.1 localhost in Windows XP and 127.0.0.1 localhost ::1 in Windows Vista. If there are more, then remove them and save changes. Read more about Windows Hosts file here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972034

    You may also reset your HOSTS file settings using the Tool of GridinSoft Trojan Killer application as shown at the picture below:

  7. Check Internet Explorer add-ons. Get rid of unknown or suspicious add-ons contained there
  8. a) Open Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools->Manage Add-ons.

    b) Uninstall unknown or suspicious Toolbars or Search Providers.

  9. Use Kaspersky TDSSKiller (TDSS Killer) application to get rid of malware belonging to the clan of Rootkit.Win32.TDSS
  10. a) Download the file TDSSKiller.zip and extract it into a folder
    b) Execute the file TDSSKiller.exe.
    c) Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Close all programs and press “Y” key to restart your computer.

    More detailed TDSSKiller tutorial: http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/solutions?qid=208280684

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  11. Scan your system with decent anti-virus program and malware killer
  12. The last but not the least, reset your Router back to the factory default settings
  13. Keep in mind that this step is optional and should be completed only if you have followed all the above recommendations and you still have the redirect virus on your computer. First of all, please follow this guide: How to Reset a Router Back to the Factory Default Settings. Then you should flush DNS cache:
    a)Go to Start->Run (or WinKey+R) and type in “cmd” without quotation marks.

    b) In a new window please type “ipconfig /flushdns” without quotation marks and press Enter.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you require any help on our part of if you experience any difficulties. We hope that this information has been beneficial to you.

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