Remove Vosteran Search and (Virus Removal Guide)

Vosteran Search is a browser hijacker that is bundled with other free software that you download off of the Internet. Once installed it will set the homepage and search engine for any installed browsers to without your permission. This …

Vosteran Search is a browser hijacker that is bundled with other free software that you download off of the Internet. Once installed it will set the homepage and search engine for any installed browsers to without your permission.

This 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 to random Windows shortcuts on your desktop and your Windows Start Menu.

Vosteran Search virus

Vosteran Search browser hijacker is bundled with other free software that you download off of the Internet. Unfortunately, some free downloads do not adequately disclose that other software will also be installed and you may find that you have installed adware without your knowledge.

When this browser hijacker is installed on a computer, victims easily become frustrated as when they remove the shortcuts from their browser links, they are mysteriously added back. This is because the program utilizes a Windows service that hijacks the shortcuts again when it detects if the shortcuts have been cleaned. This is why we first need to remove the program from the computer before we clean the shortcuts.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this 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.
The below instructions are for Windows users, however we also have an Android guide and a Mac OS guide which should help clean up your device.

How to remove redirect (Removal Guide)

This malware removal guide may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that are being used. We have only written it this way to provide clear, detailed, and easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove malware for free.
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 : Uninstall Vosteran program from Windows

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. Go to the uninstall menu.

    Windows 10 or Windows 8

    1. To uninstall a program on Windows 10 or Windows 8, right-click on the Windows Start button and choose “Control Panel” from the pop-up menu.
      Control Panel in Windows 10
    2. When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category.
      Uninstall A Program on Windows 10

    Windows 7 or Windows Vista

    1. If you are using Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the “Start” button, then click on the “Control Panel” menu option.
      [Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
    2. When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category.
      [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the “Programs and Features” screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall “Vosteran uninstall“.
    To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll through the list, and uninstall any unwanted programs.
    The malicious program may have a different name on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted programs on your computer, then you can proceed with the next step.
    If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.


STEP 2: Use Zemana AntiMalware Portable to remove Vosteran Search browser hijacker

Zemana AntiMalware Portable is a free malware scanner which can detect malicious programs that your antivirus has failed to find.

  1. You can download Zemana AntiMalware Portable from the below link:
    ZEMANA ANTIMALWARE PORTABLE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will start the download of “Zemana AntiMalware PORTABLE”)
  2. Double-click on the file named “Zemana.AntiMalware.Portable” to perform a system scan with Zemana AntiMalware.
    Zemana AntiMalware portable
    You may be presented with an User Account Control pop-up asking if you want to allow Zemana to make changes to your device. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
    Zemana AntiMalware User Account Control
  3. When Zemana AntiMalware will start, click on the “Scan” button to perform a system scan.
    Zemana AntiMalware Free Scan
  4. Zemana AntiMalware will now scan your computer for malicious programs. This process can take up to 10 minutes.
    Zemana AntiMalware scanning for virus
  5. When Zemana has finished finished scanning it will show a screen that displays any malware that has been detected. To remove all the malicious files, click on the “Next” button.
    Zemana AntiMalware Removing Virus
    Zemana AntiMalware will now start to remove all the malicious programs from your computer.

STEP 3: Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a powerful on-demand scanner which will remove the redirect from your machine. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link open a new page from where you can download “Malwarebytes Anti-Malware”)
  2. When Malwarebytes has finished downloading, double-click on the “mb3-setup-consumer” file to install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your computer.
    Malwarebytes installer
    You may be presented with an User Account Control pop-up asking if you want to allow Malwarebytes to make changes to your device. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
    Malwarebytes User Account Control Prompt
  3. When the Malwarebytes installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    Setup Malwarebytes installer
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    Completing the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes will automatically start and update the antivirus database. To start a system scan you can click on the “Scan Now” button.
    Perform a system scan with Malwarebytes
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for malicious programs.
    This process can take a few minutes, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
    Malwarebytes scanning for malware
  6. When the scan has completed, you will be presented with a screen showing the malware infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected.
    To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes has found, click on the “Quarantine Selected” button.
    Malwarebytes Quarantine Selected
  7. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found.
    To complete the malware removal process, Malwarebytes may ask you to restart your computer.
    Malwarebytes removing malware from computer
    When the malware removal process is complete, you can close Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and continue with the rest of the instructions.

STEP 4: Double-check for malicious programs with HitmanPro

HitmanPro finds and removes malware, adware, bots, and other threats that even the best antivirus suite can oftentimes miss. It’s designed to run alongside your antivirus suite, firewall, and other security tools.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “HitmanPro”)
  2. When HitmanPro has finished downloading, double-click on the “hitmanpro” file to install this program on your computer.
    HitmanPro icon
    You may be presented with an User Account Control pop-up asking if you want to allow HitmanPro to make changes to your device. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
    HitmanPro User Account Control Pop-up
  3. When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below. Now click on the Next button to continue with the scan process.
    HitmanPro setup process
  4. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for malware.
    HitmanPro scanning for virus
  5. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove malware.
    HitmanPro detected malware
  6. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    Activate HitmanPro to remove malware
    When the process is complete, you can close HitmanPro and continue with the rest of the instructions.

(Optional) STEP 5: Reset your browser to the default settings

If you are still experiencing issues with the redirect in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, we will need to reset your browser to its default settings.
This step needs to be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome has an option that will reset itself to its default settings. Resetting your browser settings will reset the unwanted changes caused by installing other programmes. However, your saved bookmarks and passwords will not be cleared or changed.

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines. When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    Google Chrome Settings button
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    Google Chrome Advanced Settings
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    Google Chrome Reset button
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    Reset Google Chrome settings

Internet Explorer

You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear iconIE Icon Gear in the upper right part of your browser, then click again on Internet Options.
    [Image: Internet Options in Internet Explorer]
  2. In the “Internet Options” dialog box, click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer]
  3. In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer to its default settings]
  4. When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now  need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.
    [Image Reset Internet Explorer settings]

Mozilla Firefox

If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), then click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.
    Firefox Help button
  2. From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
    If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.
    Troubleshooting Information in Firefox
  3. Click the “Refresh Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
    Refresh Firefox button
  4. To continue, click on the “Refresh Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
    Reset Firefox settings to default
  5. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.
Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

Your computer should now be free of the browser hijacker.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove redirect from your machine, you can ask for help in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

If we have managed to help you, please share this guide to help others.

47 thoughts on “Remove Vosteran Search and (Virus Removal Guide)”

  1. Credit card got hacked and used all over the country for a grand total of about $2500. Checked, and found this lovely malware on my computer. Coincidence? I think not. I scanned and scanned with Malwarebytes, but it kept finding more Vosteran files everytime. I’m pretty sure that this worked. Thank you very much for the advise and easy to follow steps!

  2. that vosteran malware has been here on our computer since january i kept on resetting our browers and cleaned it up. After doing all that, theres a prompt always saying that i am not allowed to take off that program on my list -_- i never pay attention til our we found out that our credit card number was hacked and almost $500 gone in our account! >.< :'( And thank God i found this site and i think i can finally use it now without worrying. wse_vosteran is not on my program list! YAY!!!! Thank you so much Mr. Stelian. :) your site is a big help! Hopefully it wont come back again.

  3. I thought maybe this was a sly way of getting me to download more malware, so i crossed referenced EVERYTHING. Sure enough, your method worked. thanks, big sigh of relief

  4. OMG IT WORKED!!!! thanks for this *^w^*
    you cannot comprehend how happy i feel that Vosteran is gone !!!!! ^w^

  5. You are Golden! The Vosteran didn’t disappear until step 4 but it DID disappear. I am SO relieved. I’ve been hit with this several times before and coped with it doing a restore back to 30 days ago. Now I have to go to work and get it off my work computer!

  6. I appreciate the fact that you have not only figured out how to do this but shared the knowledge with newbs such as myself. It was 100% SUCCESSFUL. THANK YOU.

  7. thank you for this fix – this script ran for over 4 hours before a dreaded ‘Update AVG’ pop-up locked up my screen, but after forcing a re-start it appears to be gone. your work in finding fixes to these nasty viruses is very appreciated.

  8. I am noticing Taplika Search, Vosteran Search, and Astromenda Search. Will these steps take care of all 3 at once? And why doesn’t my McAfee Antivirus detect and remove these for me?

  9. OMG! I could just HUG you! The first few steps got it off internet explorer but not Chrome. The last step saved the day! THANK YOU THANK YOU

  10. Hello,
    Lets try to fix your PC:
    1.Please download ZOEK by Smeenk and save it to your desktop (preferred version is the *.exe one) from here:

    2. Right-click on Zoek icon and select “Run as Administrator” to start the tool.
    Wait patiently until the main console will appear, it may take a minute or two.
    3. In the main box please paste in the following script (between the lines):
    ipconfig /flushdns;b
    4.Make sure that Scan All Users option is checked.
    5. Push Run Script and wait patiently. The scan may take a couple of minutes.
    When this program will finish the clean-up it will ask you to restart your computer.

    Let me know if this fixed your issue or not!

  11. Went through every step last night and when I turned on my computer this morning up popped Vosteran… Thinking I wasted a few hours…

  12. Great and easy instructions to follow 2.5 hours well spent and now foster an free thanks very much

  13. Thank you so much, Stelian! It took 2 1/2 hours and all 5 steps but I am Vosteran free! Instructions were very easy to follow and I am so relieved. I’m going to make my donation right now!

  14. Most awesome! My one of my BFF’s is from Romania – I hope to go there one day. My father was from Hungary……..

  15. Wow! Thank you so much! I was able to remove Vosteron in just a few minutes with your help. This is a great site. You are the man!

  16. I downloaded Winzip from the official Web site but that caused Vosteron to be installed. I did not realise that even renowned programs can cause viruses. :-(

  17. Excellent and easy to follow instructions. None of the programs found the file. I reset Chrome to it’s default settings which worked. Thank you

  18. Good honest site. Took a little work but finally got “vosteran” and other malware I didn’t even know I had off my computer. thanks a lot.

  19. Thankyou so much. My new computer was going great til I downloaded this with a free download of Adobe Elements. Your method has finally cleared it! What a relief.

  20. Thanks so much! Not only did this work but I was able to cleanse the Vosteran from both my I.E. and Google in just over an hour. So glad I found this site. Now I don’t have to purchase another computer (current one just 2 months young) or pay expensive fee and can throw it back to my co-workers for ribbing me on getting a virus! Now you have received a little reward Stelian!

  21. This method of removing Vosteran malware really worked!! It would be helpful however, to have a discussion on the “proxy server” isue that may arise as you attach the virus. I successfully did step 1 running the Adware cleaner when it appeared. Since I am not a tech person, I thought there was something wrong with my routers. Finally I researched the issue on my husbands computer, and discovered this was a fairly normal event following a virus removal. I think a discussion of this problem should be discussed right after step 1, it was actually very easy to correct. When I used the tools button on IE I did find that the virus had manipulated my settings and had checked the box for the proxy server. All I had to do was unclick it, and I was instantly able to go to the net and run the other 2 programs. Worked like a charm after this step. Another point, I did have to reinstall my printer, but that was a small price to pay for cleaning up this mess without having to pay someone! Thanks again!

  22. Thank you very much for this concise solution! I did everything and Chrome would still open up with the vosteran webpage, but I went to settings, and in the section titled “on startup” I looked at the pages being opened in “open a specific page or set of pages”…vosteran was there, I just deleted it. Seems like everything is back to normal now!

  23. Like others comments I have struggled when I ‘accidentally’ install malware, your blog popped up this time and was easy to follow, plus it worked and I didn’t have to spend hours trying to figure out what to do. I will make a donation and will let others know about your site. Thank You!!

  24. My brother who is good with building and fixing bugs had me run ccleaner and than a avast boot scan and we still didn’t get it. He wasn’t feeling well today so I said i’m going to see what this is since it started up by itself when I started chrome. I found 2 sites who I thought would help until the scan was finished and i was asked to buy the product. Than God had to make me select you. I followed your instructions and that son of a B is gone. Wait until I tell him. he thinks i’m dumb. Well i worked on mainframes for 36 yrs. but laptops maybe im a little behind.. Thank you!.Very impressed with the directions. I will definitely leave you something.Bob from N.J. oh took me 3 hrs, counting the two other sites.

  25. Thanks Stelian! I checked out on the Norton Community first – it is legit. The instructions worked when followed exactly. I found an additional shutdown and restart useful. Also, there seemed to be a quirk on Google Chrome regarding finding the internet after browser reset, which seems to have been fixed by unpinning the google icon from the taskbar. Make a donation – keep Stelian contributing.

  26. thanks you stelian, i have been trying for months to uninstall this badass , and finally its done , thanks again for your work

  27. Thank you so much Stelian, I can’t ever thank you enough! I had a panic when I couldn’t delete Vosteran Search and then I realized it was a malware. Googled it and found your amazing and very helpful website, thank you! Your steps were easy to understand even though I’m such bad with computers. Greetings and big thanks from Finland!! Janette

  28. Thank you – great instructions! Everyone else who writes instructions should learn from you – this is the way it should be done!

  29. Thank you SOOOoooOOooo much! I was worried until I found your instructions. They’re very detailed and steps are easy to understand. Thanks again!

  30. Whew..took me 1/2 day, went through all the steps…finally worked! I am a computer idiot and the instructions were perfect. THANK YOU!

  31. Hello,
    Thanks for the tip when my browser was hijacked by Vosteran. I downloaded MalwareBytes and blitzed it. Thank you so much, Nick

  32. I was attacked by Vosteran Malware, It totally skrewed my computer.
    Your instructions and downloads were perfect and solved everything !!!!!
    Thanks so much!!!!

  33. This is just a comment and not intended to be a discussion
    but I don’t see comment so I’ll say it here.

    I found to be excellent! It is concise,
    explicit, through, easy to understand, accurate and effective………….It gets the job

    Thanks Stelian

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