Learn How to Safely Remove ZenSearch.com Browser Hijacker as Homepage

ZenSearch.com browser hijacker Description

ZenSearch.com virus, also known as Zen Search, is identified as a browser hijacker that comes out in a from of search engine. It is a fake application and corrupts computer by modifying browser provider. Each time people try to search with Zen Search, unrelated search results would be brough. From its appearance, ZenSearch.com malware looks like google, yahoo and bing. However, it has been designed to promote the third party and bombards computer with annoying commercial ads. Usually, it is able to infiltrate into computer when surfing on rogue website that always provide porn, gamble, video, flash update and software downloads. It is a potentially unwanted application that seems to enhance browser activities by delivering quick access to certain websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. However, ZenSearch.com creates web traffics and push users’ confidential information into being vulnerable. Cookies are used to keep trace of browsing habit and search histories. Thus, some financial information like ( login names, password, shopping records, phone numbers and credit card details) would be exploited by malicious parties. We don’t recommend leaving ZenSearch.com hijacker in your computer.

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ZenSearch.com

After breaking down system security tools, ZenSearch.com gets inside and changes computer default setting. People notice the situation when Zen Search engine appears as homepage and default search engine all of a sudden. It is configured to show up with a new window each time system is loaded. Then, many problems would occur when surfing on the internet.

  1. ZenSearch.com adds malicious codes into computer and alters default google search results
  2. ZenSearch.com keeps track of your browsing habits for malicious purpose
  3. ZenSearch.com infects the computer with malicious registries and files
  4. ZenSearch.com slows down internet performance by installing superfluous softwares or toolbars
  5. ZenSearch.com may mess up windows entries by inviting vulnerable threats like Trojans, worms or ransoms
  6. ZenSearch.com causes unstoppable pop-up ads to take over browsing activities

Simply ZenSearch.com virus can affect most famous browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It wont uninstall even you have tried control panel. The Zen Search Engine is very stubborn and takes over browsers. To completely get it off from infected computer, manual approach is the best way. Please read the following removal instruction. In case you need immediate help, click here to chat with MiTechMate PC Experts.

Step 1 Show all hidden files

  1. Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK.

Step 2 The following files must be deleted

%AppData%searchtoolbarstats.dat
%AppData%searchtoolbaruninstallIE.dat
%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication DataZenSearch.com.exe

Step 3 Uninstall from Control Panel
Control Panel

Windows 8
Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen. Click Settings on Charms bar and go to Control Panel. Select Uninstall a program and remove ZenSearch.com related programs.

Windows XP
Go to Start, navigate to Settings and click on Control Panel, navigate to Add or Remove Programs, choose Programs and Features, find ZenSearch.com related programs, and hit Remove.

Windows 7/Vista
Go to Start, navigate to Control Panel, select Uninstall a program/Programs and Features, find ZenSearch.com related programs, and click on Uninstall.

Step 4 Open Registry Editor and clan all associated registries
Registry Editor

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesSearchIEHelper.DNSGuard.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar "Search Toolbar"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} "Search Toolbar"

Step 5 Reset System DNS Setting
Set DNS

set dns 8.8.8

Step 6 Remove Proxy caused by ZenSearch.com virus from compromised browsers ( take Firefox as an example)
1. Under “Tools” in the browser tool bar select “Options”.
2. In the “Options” window that pops up, click the “Advanced” tab at the top.
3. Click the “Network” subtab, and then click the “Settings” button in the “Connections” area.
4. If “No proxy” isn’t selected, click it to mark “No proxy” as your preference.

NOTE: Let us know if any problems during the ZenSearch.com malware removal procedure
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