The Adoresearch.com is a browser hijacker. It is a type of potentially unwanted software. Unlike viruses, it’ll not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your internet browser. This is because that it’ll infect your personal computer, get full access to your web browsers like Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge and be able to modify their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your internet browser settings will be replaced, you will be re-directed to unwanted web pages completely, some of which may be dangerous or misleading sites. For this reason, we recommend that you remove browser hijacker as soon as possible and thereby revert back your previous start page and search engine.
Table of contents
- What is Adoresearch.com
- Remove Adoresearch.com redirect
- How to manually remove Adoresearch.com
- Scan your machine and remove Adoresearch.com with free utilities
- How to block Adoresearch.com redirect
- How can you prevent your system from the attack of Adoresearch.com browser hijacker infection
- To sum up
The browser hijacker infection may also set up the Adoresearch.com web page as the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge default search provider that cause search redirects via the web site. In this way, developers of the hijacker have an opportunity to show various advertisements together with the search results for your query. These undesired advertisements will be combined in the redirected web site. This can bring a lot of money for developers of the hijacker infection.
Often, the system which has been infected with Adoresearch.com hijacker, will be also infected with adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) that displays a huge count of various ads. It can be pop-ups, text links in the pages, banners where they never had. What is more, the adware may replace the legitimate advertisements with malicious advertisements that will offer to download and install malicious software and unwanted programs or visit the various dangerous and misleading sites.
The Adoresearch.com hijacker usually affects only the Firefox, Chrome, IE and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The hijacker will perform a scan of the computer for web-browser shortcuts and change them without your permission. When it infects the web browser shortcuts, it will add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you open the web browser, you will see the Adoresearch.com undesired site.
So, it’s very important to free your computer of hijacker as quickly as possible. The step-by-step tutorial, which is shown below, will help you to remove Adoresearch.com search from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other web-browsers.
Remove Adoresearch.com redirect
There are a simple manual steps below that will assist you to remove Adoresearch.com from your Microsoft Windows personal computer. The most effective way to get rid of this hijacker is to perform the manual removal tutorial and then use Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner automatic tools (all are free). The manual way will assist to weaken this browser hijacker infection and these malware removal utilities will completely get rid of Adoresearch.com and restore the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer settings to default.
How to manually remove Adoresearch.com
If you perform exactly the step by step guide below you should be able to remove the Adoresearch.com startpage from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge browsers.
Uninstall Adoresearch.com associated software by using MS Windows Control Panel
In order to get rid of PUPs such as this browser hijacker, open the MS Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed applications. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are adware, browser hijacker infection or potentially unwanted software. If yes, remove them off. Even if they are just a software that you do not use, then removing them off will increase your computer start up time and speed dramatically.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your computer. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of pop-up advertisements and internet browser redirect to the undesired Adoresearch.com web site. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ like below.
You will see a list of applications installed on your PC. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of popup advertisements and browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the program which you need to delete is found, simply press on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ like below.
Fix web browser shortcuts, changed by Adoresearch.com browser hijacker
A hijacker infection may hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument like http://site.address/.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut that you use to run your web-browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the web-browser which is rerouted to the Adoresearch.com or other unwanted web site.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The browser hijacker infection can modify the contents of this field, which describes the file to be start when you start your web-browser. Depending on the internet browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text such as “http://site.addres” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the image below.
Next, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you launch the browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the Adoresearch.com site or any other undesired sites. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Remove Adoresearch.com home page from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all web browser homepage, newtab and search engine by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button like below.
Once the process is finished, click “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s homepage, newtab and default search provider to default state.
Remove Adoresearch.com home page from Firefox
If your Firefox internet browser startpage has replaced to Adoresearch.com without your permission or a an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the internet browser reset.
First, open the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Adoresearch.com from Chrome
Run the Reset web-browser utility of the Chrome to reset all its settings like new tab, homepage and search provider by default to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of internet browser hijacks such as Adoresearch.com.
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Scan your machine and remove Adoresearch.com with free utilities
The hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and get rid of completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the browser hijacker again infect your PC system and change current settings of installed internet browsers to Adoresearch.com. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to delete hijacker manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Microsoft Windows operating system. The best solution to find and remove hijackers is to run free malware removal applications.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to remove Adoresearch.com home page
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You may download and install Zemana Anti-malware to detect and remove Adoresearch.com start page from your PC system. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the personal computer.
Download Zemana antimalware on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
Once downloading is finished, close all windows on your computer. Further, run the file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the image below, press the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Zemana anti-malware on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is finished successfully, Zemana anti-malware will automatically run and you can see its main window as shown below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker infection and web-browser’s malicious extensions. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your system. While the application is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
Once the system scan is complete, it will open a scan report. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana anti-malware will start removing Adoresearch.com browser hijacker infection and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer.
Automatically delete Adoresearch.com homepage with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your machine of the hijacker. The free utility is an advanced malware removal program made by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It’s able to help you remove hijackers, potentially unwanted software, malicious software, ‘ad supported’ software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your machine for free.
Download Malwarebytes Free by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After downloading is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this process is complete, click the “Scan Now” button to start checking your PC system for the Adoresearch.com hijacker which reroutes your web-browser to the Adoresearch.com intrusive web-site. Depending on your system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal tool, we recommend you to read and follow the instructions or the video guide below.
Use AdwCleaner to remove Adoresearch.com search
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It may scan and remove hijacker infection like Adoresearch.com, malicious software, PUPs and adware in Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers and thereby return their default settings (newtab page, homepage and search engine by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and delete malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the personal computer.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the following link.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- Select the directory in which you saved it as Desktop, and then click Save.
- Once downloading is finished, start the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” to perform a system scan for the Adoresearch.com browser hijacker and browser’s malicious add-ons. While the tool is scanning, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- When it has finished scanning your system, the results are displayed in the scan report. When you’re ready, click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to restart your computer, click “OK”.
The instructions shown in detail in the following video.
How to block Adoresearch.com redirect
It is important to run ad-blocker software like AdGuard to protect your computer from malicious web sites. Most security experts says that it’s okay to block advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop Adoresearch.com and other annoying pages.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When downloading is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, you will see a window as shown on the screen below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop-up advertisements, pages such Adoresearch.com, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent your system from the attack of Adoresearch.com browser hijacker infection
To sum up
Now your computer should be free of the Adoresearch.com start page. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and unwanted harmful pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC for new browser hijackers, malware and ad supported software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Adoresearch.com startpage from the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.