Remove “Do Searches” hijack (Virus Removal Guide)

Do Searches is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage to dosearches.com and default search engine to search.yahoo.com.
This in itself is not considered malicious as there are many legitimate programs that change these settings as well. What is considered malicious, though, is that it will also append the argument http://dosearches.com to random Windows shortcuts on your desktop and your Windows Start Menu.
[Image: Do Searches homepage]
The Do Searches homepage will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The Do Searches hijack is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results.

Do Searches it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.
Do Searches is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer (BHO) and Firefox/Chrome (plugin) and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page, search settings and in some cases will modify Internet Explorer’s load time threshold, place a lock file within Firefox to prevent competing software from changing its settings as well as disable the browser’s Content Security Policy in order to allow for cross site scripting of the plugin.

Do Searches homepage got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install VPlay, you will also agree to change your browser homepage to dosearches.com and default search engine to search.yahoo.com
[Image: Do Searches redirect]
However when you uninstall VPlay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Do Searches homepage from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Do Searches browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

Do Searches Homepage – Virus Removal Guide

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Do Searches from your Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Remove Do Searches browser hijacker from your computer with AdwCleaner
STEP 2: Remove Do Searches from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 3:Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by Do Searches virus
STEP 4: Remove Do Searches malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the Do Searches infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1: Remove Do Searches browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for Do Searches malicious files that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    [Image: AdwCleaner Icon]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.
    [Image: Adwcleaner Scan]
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for Do Searches malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the Do Searches malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    [Image: AdwCleaner removing infections]
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

STEP 2: Remove Do Searches from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove Search.Do Searches from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, and will double-check for any other compromised Windows shortcuts.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the Do Searches virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for Do Searches homepage]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 3: Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by Do Searches virus

  1. Search for your browser shortcut (Desktop, Taskbar or Start Menu Shortcut), then right click on it and select Properties.
    [Image: Firefox Shortcut properties][Image: taskbar shortcut hijacker]
  2. In the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, remove the http://www.Do Searches.com argument. Basically, there should be only the path to browser executable file. Nothing more.
    [Image: Do Searches shortcut hijack"]

These are the default shortcut path that should be in your Target box, if Do Searches argument is in there, then you should remove it.

  • For Internet Explorer: “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” for Windows 32-bit or “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer (x86)\iexplore.exe” for Windows 64-bit.
  • For Mozilla Firefox: “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” for Windows 32-bit or “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” for Windows 64-bit.
  • For Google Chrome: “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”

STEP 4: Remove Do Searches malicious files from your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link,then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process.
    Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Do Searches virus
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed,click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing malware]

STEP 5: Double check for the Do Searches infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.).

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link, then double click on it to start this program.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. HitmanPro will start and you’ll need to follow the prompts (by clicking on the Next button) to start a system scan with this program.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your computer for malware, as seen in the image below.
    HitmanPro scanning for Do Searches virus
  4. Once the scan is complete,you’ll see a screen which will display all the infected files that this utility has detected, and you’ll need to click on Next to remove these malicious files.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click Activate free licenseto start the free 30 days trial and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    HitmanPro 30 days activation button

Your computer should now be free of the Do Searches infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Do Searches hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Apriv Atez

    Very much appreciated!!! Got this nasty bugger from Daemon Tools, but thanks to your pro guide here it’s been successfully removed.

  • chuckchak

    Finally! Thank you so much!

  • S4r4h

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  • AnnyC

    Thank you ! It worked just after the first step!!!

  • George

    Thank you!!

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  • gillian

    Thank you! Thank you!!

  • manku

    many many thanks brav….iv been trying to get rid of that for weeks….a thousand smiley faces

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Yes, it’s kind of the same..You can use these instructions, they will also work for the Do-search.com infection! :)

    Stay safe!

  • rujas

    thanks a many.

  • Sort My Space

    This was WONDERFUL !!! Thank you so much. Keep posting.

  • Ramachandran B

    Thanks a lot, i have used the process of removing the Address from the properties of browsers as mentioned above and it worked. Good Posting.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Did you run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool and AdwCleaner?… Also it’s very important that you pay attention to STEP 3 as this infection will hijack your browser shortcuts!!
    Can you please click on your Chrome shortcut and copy/paste the content of the Target box, so that I may see what’s going on.
    Stay safe!

  • swapniL

    Thanks Alot BRO … LOVE YOU …
    ITS 100 % WORK ..
    ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU VERY MUCH …

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  • Ivan Al-hilali

    THNX!!!

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  • Chero

    just wanted to say a thanks…….

  • pot

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  • Gabriela

    De mare ajutor, multumesc!

  • buddy

    you rock!!! do-search was close to impossible to get out thank you for your help it worked great…..

  • dani

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  • Robert

    I have over 800 customers in Kansas City Missouri USA and 40 businesses. Just wanted to say that anyone is a fool that doesn’t take your advice. I use some of the same things you do and suggest to many of my customers directly. Just nice to see a honest straight forward instructions a lot of people need you. Thanks

  • gport

    A huge THANK YOU! Your steps were easy to follow and took that stupid DO Searches right out. Thanks again!

  • BEN ALCANOVIC

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  • Alejandro

    Thank you verry much, you helped me lot with my hijacked-browser problem. This was verry helpful and it saved me a lot of money because I don’t have to spent it on a IT-specialist ;)

  • Rajesh Bakshi, India

    Thank you very muchStelian Pilici, I was very upset from today morning but in the evening i read your blog. Its really very helpful. thank u once again

  • Javaughn

    GREAT!! The stupid doSearch is now gone! Many thanks to you, God bless you always, Stelian!!!

  • do search enemy!

    Hi all!

    This “tutorial” MUST BE on the top of searches for “damm do search removal”, I agree, it took me looong time to remove this sh**!
    Anyway thanks a lot, but it would be very helpful that somewhere stays that this process is 100% free, because I visited other tutorials where they suggested malaware removal programms, which first: were not free and second: removed several programs from my computer without asking me if I wanted to, and second before I pay for the programm (so at the end do search was not removed through them)
    Once again 100% trustable and effective this tutorial, several thanks and hope that creators of do search burn slowly in hell!!!!

    Adeu!

  • Karen

    Thank you so much. Got rid of it in the first 2 steps. I’ll be more careful from now on.

  • Mike W

    Outstanding. After trying a different number of supposed reputable websites, yours was the first plain English site that worked the first time.

  • Barrin Moore

    Tried everything I know to remove the DOSEARCHES browser. This is a really nasty infection, no matter what you set your browser to- in default or any homepage, it always defaults to DOSEARCHES. It uses its own search engine GENOVO which tracks everything you do to the last detail. I use Microsoft essentials as a virus and malware protection which is specifically designed for WIN7 Ultimate x64…and the infection still got through somehow. I can not emphasise enough to anyone reading this…be very, very careful what you download and what you install. Be extra vigilant of free music sites, film downloads, hacks and crack sites, and ALL torrent sites for they are plagued with viruses. I strongly advise anyone-DO NOT USE THESE SITES. I must thank the guy who worked on this free software, it did a fantastic job cleaning my pc. I fully recommend it to anyone. completely SAFE.

  • Kristie

    OMG! The Junkware one removed it! The first was pending too long I got impatient and annoyed but the Junkware one removed it completely! Thank God!

  • Mark

    Thank you very much !!! Your article brought peace back to our household with a browser hijacker free computer.

  • Adam

    That was a mazing, I was trying for two days without any success till I found this site. Thank you so much.

  • Dana

    Multumesc din suflet, Stelian !!! Eram DISPERATA !!!

  • Eddio

    Thanks A million Stelian. Yu Da Man! Your help made my new laptop whole again, and in the future I’ll be more careful how I download programs from the net. ( maybe add PayPal to your donation options?)

  • Luis Rodriguez

    It seems Adw cleaner was enough! Thanks a lot!

  • Sophie Schmitt

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful tutorial, which even a non English fluent-non geek French woman of 50 age can understand and apply. From the point 1 it all worked, but I did the 4 first of them for security. You’re the best ! Got completely rid of that awful Do Searches (beuark) toolbar (received when tried to get a new Java update, intending to view some streaming…). Sophie

  • Rosie

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • sam

    thanks adw worked

  • Hans

    ADW cleaner was enough for me to clean everything up, THANKS!

    • Barrin Moore

      I wouldn’t be so sure if I were you Hans. Hackers are fanatics, they live and breathe breaking code, they will not stop…and neither should we…I suggest you use all of the recommended programs…just to be absolutely positive you are rid of the virus.

  • Annabelle

    My god thanks a lot!

  • chris

    this is a prove that the Romanians are not only bad virus like it is very often used to say…we should thank Stelian a lot and appreciate his free work.

  • Sunny

    Your instructions really help, thank you for the tip.

  • chaitanya

    thanks …

  • Ashley

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve noticed a lot of users mentioned the first or second tip did the trick; it did for me as well, but i continued through all 5 steps and kept removing more infected files. Keep going just to be safe!

  • Charles

    a million thanks for your precious tip, my pc is rid of dosearches now!

  • DRU187

    tHANKS A LOT REALLY DID A GOOD JOB

  • Nacho

    Thank You!!!!!

  • Axle Fernandez

    Thanks alot….Step 1 gets rid of the DO SEARCHES in my browser

  • natespapa09

    Thank you so much. Your suggestions worked without a hitch! It was gone after the first step but I went through all the steps just to be sure. :-)

  • Victor

    “Do Searches” was completely REMOVED from my computer and browsers , THANK YOU VERY MUCH Stelian , and I reccomand at all to folow the steps of Stelian and you can trust IT REALLY WORKS !!!

  • Andy

    Thank you! After Step 1 dosearches had gone in a** hole!)

  • julie

    thanks a lot! this site really helped me

  • James Adams

    Worked great. thanks for the detailed post.

  • ocz

    Got this malware from daemon tool lite and been very pissed.
    Thanks for the write up. It works.

  • Bryce

    THANK YOU for helping some one like me who Isn’t computer smart. Your guide was easy enough for even a retard to follow. I hope you are blessed in this life with untold riches and you find your pursuit of happiness and the meaning of life. Once again THANK YOU

  • Julie

    awesome dear! this site helps me a lot. Thank you so much!

  • Supriyanto

    After I was made upset by “do searches” for hours, I became exited after finding you.
    Thank you.

  • Supriyanto

    After I was made by “do searches” for hours, I became exited after finding you.

  • matthew

    great job guys, the second piece worked for me

  • Dee

    One of the best sites! Thank you.

  • Jimmy

    You rock Stelian! Thanks a lot for the tip, the first one was enough

  • negariv

    Thank you very much. It did kicked off the DO SEARCHES. More power and God bless.

  • song

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH….

  • haemin

    wow thank you ! finally

  • Sifu

    Classic! It did the trick. thanks

  • Strawberry win

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!

  • Mark

    Thank you so much for writing this article, it was a great help!