Remove “Do Searches” virus (Removal Guide)

Do Searches is a browser hijacker that is commonly bundled with a variety of free software that you can download from the Internet. Do Searches is considered a browser hijacker because it changes your web browser’s home page to and default search provider to without your permission.
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What Is Do Searches?

The Do Searches is frequently categorized as a browser hijacker because it takes control of the Web browser and does things the user may not have specifically requested. For example, even if you set your “home” page, Do Searches will display its own site ( Or when you try to get to Google or Bing to perform a search, the browser will redirect to Do Searches ( A toolbar will also appear at the top of your browser window.

Do Searches virus 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.

How Did I Get the Do Searches?

Perhaps you installed a free software that had bundled within their installer the Do Searches, such as Language Learning, ClickDownload, DealFinder, Yontoo or FBPhotoZoom. Any of these products can install the Do Searches. What’s even more likely is that you installed some other application which came with the Do Searches search bar and you didn’t notice when it got installed—you failed to uncheck it as an optional ride-along during the install process of something you actually wanted. Several applications distributed on CNET’s have Do Searches bundled in, for example. When installed, it hooks itself into Windows, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, making it difficult to remove.

How to remove Do Searches (Virus Removal Guide)

STEP 1: Remove Do Searches from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner

In this first step we will run a scan with AdwCleaner to remove Do Searches browser extension from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link:
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the AdwCleaner utility on your computer)
  2. When AdwCleaner has finished downloading, please double-click on the AdwCleaner.exe icon that now appears on your desktop. Once you double-click on the icon the AdwCleaner program will open and you will be presented with its start screen as shown below. If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
    Picture of AdwCleaner utility
  3. Now click on the Scan button in AdwCleaner. The program will now start to search for Do Searches adware that may be installed on your computer.
    When it has finished it will display a notepad screen that contains a log file of all the Do Searches extensions, files, and registry keys that have been detected.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
  4. To remove Do Searches malicious files that were detected in the previous step, click on the Clean button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
    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 browser hijacker with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is an utility which will remove Do Searches files, folders and registry keys from your computer.

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

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

  1. Search for your browser shortcut (Desktop, Taskbar or Start Menu Shortcut), then right click on it and select Properties.
    Image: Desktop Shortcut properties
    Image: Right click on browser icon from Taskbar and select Properties
  2. In the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, remove the argument.
    Here is an example for each browser, in the below case you will need to remove the hijack highlighted in the red color:

    • For Internet Explorer: “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”
    • For Mozilla Firefox: “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”
    • For Google Chrome: “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”

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STEP 4: Remove Malwarebytes Anti-Malware virus 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. Download the latest official version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free.
    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. After you have downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, double-click on mbam-setup.exe file to start the installation process and then follow the prompts to install this product.
    Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installation
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for any possible infections.
    Image: Malwarebytes quick scan
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Do Searches malicious files as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Do Searches virus]
  5. When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue.
    [Image: Malwarebytes scan report]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has found on your computer.
    Make sure all the infected objects are Checked (Ticked) for removal and then click on the Remove Selected button to remove them.
    Image of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing Do Searches virus

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

HitmanPro is a cloud on-demand scanner, that uploads unknown files to the a scan cloud where are analyzed using the anti-virus programs of 5 different vendors (Bitdefender, Emsisoft, G-Data, IKARUS and Dr. Web).

  1. You can download the latest official version of HitmanPro from the below link.
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double click on the HitmanPro.exe file to start the HitmanPro and then follow the prompts to start a system scan with this program.
    [Image: hitmanpro-scanning.png]
  3. HitmanPro will start scanning your system for Do Searches. Depending on the the size of your hard drive, and the performance of your computer, this step will take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.
    [Image: hitmanpro-scanning.png]
  4. Once the scan is complete,a screen displaying all the malicious files that the program has found will be shown as seen in the image below.After reviewing each malicious object click Next.
    [Image: HitmanPro detecting Do Searches malicious files]
  5. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove Do Searches virus.
    [Image: hitmanpro-activation.png]
  6. HitmanPro will now start removing the infected objects, and in some instances, may suggest a reboot in order to completely remove the Do Searches from your system. In this scenario, always confirm the reboot action to be on the safe side.

Your computer should now be free of the Do Searches. 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.

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