Home Malware Programs Browser Hijackers Search-netsite.com


Posted: October 7, 2011

Like other fake search engine sites that SpywareRemove.com malware experts have analyzed, Search-netsite.com doesn't rely on honest traffic, preferring to use browser hijackers to do all the work of encouraging visitors to use Search-netsite.com's worthless services. Browser redirect attacks from Search-netsite.com Trojans will usually occur only after you've attempted to use certain search engines, such as Google. Because the standard operating procedure for browser hijackers circumvents the usual settings for web browsers, you should delete the Search-netsite.com infection and revert Search-netsite.com's system changes, by using a trustworthy anti-virus or anti-malware program. Changes to your web browser, up to uninstalling Search-netsite.com entirely, may stop the symptoms, but the underlying causes will remain until you've expunged Search-netsite.com's Registry entries and the rest of Search-netsite.com's deep-seated system components.

Search-netsite.com: the Search Site with Only Bad Results to Offer

Search-netsite.com software can be considered a variant of the standard Google Redirect Virus or Google Redirect Hijacker, since browser hijackers prefer to attack only when you try to use Google. Like other browser hijackers, Search-netsite.com's malicious software will redirect your browser to Search-netsite.com or related websites that are, at best, full of worthless advertisements that aren't relevant to your search. In worse cases than the above, however, SpywareRemove.com malware experts note that you may be attacked by the following:

  • Sites that install harmful programs with drive-by-download scripts. You can minimize the chance of this happening if you keep your browser and script packages up-to-date, while also disabling scripts (such as JavaScript or Flash) for sites that appear to be untrustworthy.
  • Sites that steal login passwords, e-mail addresses and other types of personal information, by using standard phishing tactics. These tactics can include fake surveys, fake contests that claim that you've already won (or can win easily) and sites that pretend to be login pages for other websites.
  • Websites that promote rogue security programs, typically by using fake online scans to pretend that your system is infected, before they try to install a fake security program.

Search-netsite.com and Its Browser Hijackers – a Match Made in a Search Engine's Hell

Although browser hijackers will show their symptoms when you try to use your browser, making changes to your browser's settings or even blocking Search-netsite.com won't remove all components of a browser hijacker infection. Instead of doing these things, SpywareRemove.com malware research team recommends that you use an anti-malware scanner that can remove Registry entries, revert DNS changes and otherwise take care of all aspects of an unwanted Search-netsite.com program that's on your PC.

You should be aware that even minor contact with Search-netsite.com can result in a potential browser hijacker infection, and always scan your computer after you've visited Search-netsite.com or a similar site, even by accident. However, as long as you practice standard anti-malware safety guidelines when removing the Search-netsite.com infection, your PC shouldn't be permanently harmed by a browser hijacker's attacks.

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Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\[RANDOM NAME] key of search-netsite.comHKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\[RANDOM NAME] key of search-netsite.comHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search\CustomizeSearch=[site address]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\CustomizeSearch=[site address]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Bar=[site address]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\SearchAssistant=[site address]