How to remove Search.QueryRouter.com Browser Hijacker
What is Search.QueryRouter.com:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
If you have some experience with crapware over the Internet, you will immediately notice, that Search.QueryRouter.com is identical with many other browser hijackers, that were designed and developed by the notorious SaferBrowser Ltd. Recently, we have received many emails from various people, that were asking us for help, as they were not able to revert their browser settings back to normal – actually, the majority of the user requests asked for changing the default search scope (search engine) and/or the URL setting for New Tabs, as it appears, that the browser settings are somehow protected and they keep coming back, no matter what! We noticed, that the majority of the reputable malware researchers have classified Search.QueryRouter.com as a browser hijacker, capable of taking over various systems without user’s consent. Our malware researchers found out, that when the Search.QueryRouter.com browser hijacker is active, it start monitoring & collecting various browsing activities, including some private browsing data, like IP addresses, emails, account credentials, cookies, financial information like credit card numbers and bank account numbers etc.. The collected data will later be either shared or sold to some 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. The Search.QueryRouter.com browser hijacker is using various distribution methods, including suspicious software bundles, infected SPAM emails, PDF Editors, Video Editors, Music Editors, dangerous Torrent downloads etc. Our security experts strongly advise you to stop using the Search.QueryRouter.com browser hijacker as soon as possible, because it is a serious thread for your online identity and computer safety.
Usually, the Search.QueryRouter.com browser hijacker comes packed with some popular free software applications and has been installed by default, while the victim performs an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the Search.QueryRouter.com browser hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, popular free software products, infected e-mail attachments, unintentional clicks on ads or banners etc.
Search.QueryRouter.com will fill up your entire desktop screen with very irritating, dangerous and unwanted ads, that could lead to other much more dangerous malware infections – like ransomware, cryptoviruses, fake anti-malware programs or computer lockdown infections. You should also know and be aware that the Search.QueryRouter.com browser hijacker would monitor your browsing activity like searching, browsing history, session ids, tracking cookies, account credentials and even local usernames and/or passwords entries. The collected data will later be sold to other 3rd party companies for marketing purposes. That’s why you shouldn’t leave these kinds of malware infections unattended, but need to be terminated immediately, as they present a significant threat to your online identity and cyber safety.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of important data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove Search.QueryRouter.com Browser Hijacker:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove Search.QueryRouter.com Browser Hijacker Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Search.QueryRouter.com and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). We recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help for any malware related issue by an experienced professional.
Remove Search.QueryRouter.com Browser Hijacker Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove Search.QueryRouter.com browser hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore we recommend the Manual removal method ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Search.QueryRouter.com Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to Search.QueryRouter.com, ShowBox Ads, Counterflix, StartNow.com, Feed.combo-search.com, Search.MyPrivacy.zone, My1tab.com, WebSearches.com, YesSearches.com, IEsearch.com, GoogleScan.ru, YeaDesktop, SearchLock.com, SearchEncrypt.com, Findizer, NewTab.club, Searches.safehomepage.com, Airzip2.inspsearch.com, Online.io, BlankPage6.ru, Thesmartsearch.net, TheProfitsMaker.net, Search.memethat.co, Cpmofferconvert.com, Outbrain.com, AdsKeeper.co.uk, PopAds.net, Lijit.com, Web-Start.org, Teoma.com, Trotux.com, 9o0gle.com, SearchesPro.com, SafeSearch1.ru, GotoSearch.ru, Arcade Swim Ads, Insightlk.com, Searchgoog.ru, Searchguide.level3.com, Dashlane, 1.loadblanks.ru, Ds.serving-sys.com, Ads by Mgid, GetFormsOnline Toolbar, Play-bar.net, Find Me Savings, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Ludashi, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net, or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, never the less We recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please keep in mind, that these are real infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Search.QueryRouter.com Redirect from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart it in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and remove the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and then will reset. When it’s done, the imported information will be listed in a window. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Check for arguments added by Search.QueryRouter.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Search.QueryRouter.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the Search.QueryRouter.com web page to open up, right after you launch the hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Search.QueryRouter.com uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut’s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to Search.QueryRouter.com by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named Search.QueryRouter.com in: