Have you tried to open a well-known page and found that your web-browser is redirected to a previously unseen web-site called Drsearch.info offering install an questionable browser extension? If you answered ‘Yes’ then your need to know that your PC system is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware is a type of harmful software that changes your computer’s internet browser settings so that you will be randomly redirected to an intrusive advertisements. Use the guidance below as quickly as possible It will clean your PC system from the ‘ad supported’ software and thereby remove intrusive Drsearch.info popups. Moreover, the steps will help you to block the ability to penetrate of more harmful viruses and trojans on your computer.
What is more, the adware may show ads depend on a web-page that you are visiting. That is, it’s clear that this ‘ad supported’ software, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The ‘ad supported’ software may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
The adware often modify all web-browser shortcuts that located on your Desktop to force you visit various intrusive ad pages. As a result, your web-browser can still redirect you to an intrusive ad web page despite your web browser is actually free of ad supported software.
We recommend you to delete adware and clean your PC system from Drsearch.info pop-up advertisements ASAP, until the presence of the adware has not led to even worse consequences.
Table of contents
- What is Drsearch.info
- Remove Drsearch.info pop-ups
- Delete Drsearch.info popup advertisements without any utilities
- Remove Drsearch.info associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Drsearch.info redirect
- Remove Drsearch.info from FF by resetting web-browser settings
- Remove Drsearch.info popup advertisements from Chrome
- Get rid of Drsearch.info redirect from IE
- How to automatically get rid of Drsearch.info redirect
- Delete Drsearch.info popup advertisements without any utilities
- How to stop Drsearch.info redirect
- How did Drsearch.info advertisements get on your computer
- To sum up
You need to follow the step by step guide below that will help you to completely remove the redirect to Drsearch.info undesired site, using only the built-in MS Windows features and a few of specialized free malicious software removal tools.
Remove Drsearch.info pop-ups
In the instructions below we will have a look at the adware and how to remove Drsearch.info from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge internet browsers for Microsoft Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal tools. Some of the steps will require you to restart your system or exit the web site. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
Delete Drsearch.info pop-up advertisements without any utilities
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to get rid of the Drsearch.info redirect from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers.
Remove Drsearch.info associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the PC cleanup is to remove unknown and suspicious programs. Using the MS Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge from popup advertisements hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will open a list of all applications installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video guidance below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Drsearch.info redirect
Once the ad supported software is started, it can also change the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the internet browser, it will display an annoying web-site.
Open the properties of the browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected web-browser and choose the “Properties” option and it will open the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field as shown on the screen below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts that have been modified by adware like Drsearch.info usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as on the image below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks such as …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown on the screen below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been modified by ‘ad supported’ software.
|Google Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Mozilla Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is complete, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers that are rerouted to the Drsearch.info unwanted web page.
Remove Drsearch.info from FF by resetting web-browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox settings such as home page, newtab and search engine by default have been modified by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, open the Firefox. Next, press 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 press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page press on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the screen below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Drsearch.info pop-up advertisements from Chrome
If your Google Chrome web-browser is re-directed to undesired Drsearch.info web page, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser program to its default settings.
First run the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet browser will open the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will start the task of cleaning. Once it is complete, the web browser’s settings including homepage, newtab page and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Get rid of Drsearch.info redirect from IE
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your browser, which installed by an malicious software.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove Drsearch.info pop ups, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as new tab, startpage and search engine by default to default state.
How to automatically get rid of Drsearch.info redirect
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove adware that developed to redirect your internet browser to various ad web-pages such as Drsearch.info. So, we recommend to scan your system for any remaining malicious components with free ad-supported software removal software below.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to remove Drsearch.info pop up ads
We recommend you to run the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your machine of Drsearch.info pop-ups. Moreover, the tool will help you to remove PUPs, malware, toolbars and hijackers that your personal computer can be infected too.
- Please download Zemana antimalware to your desktop by clicking on the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web-browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When downloading is finished, please close all applications and open windows on your computer. Next, run a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will run the “Setup wizard” of Zemana anti-malware onto your PC system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the anti-malware will open and display the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button to start checking your system for the ‘ad supported’ software which cause unwanted Drsearch.info pop-up ads to appear. This task can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
- Once the scanning is finished, it will show you the results.
- Review the report and then press the “Next” button to begin cleaning your PC system. Once the task is done, you may be prompted to restart the PC.
- Close the Zemana Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Scan and clean your computer of adware with Malwarebytes
You can get rid of Drsearch.info pop ups automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malicious software removal utility because it can easily delete browser hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software, potentially unwanted software and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
When downloading is finished, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown on the image below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once install is finished, you will see window as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the adware that causes undesired Drsearch.info pop-ups. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
Once the checking is finished, it will display a screen which contains a list of malware that has been detected. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing Drsearch.info ‘ad supported’ software related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your PC system.
The following video explains guidance on how to delete adware and other malware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Use AdwCleaner to remove Drsearch.info redirect
If MalwareBytes anti malware or Zemana antimalware cannot remove this adware, then we suggests to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for hijackers, potentially unwanted applications, toolbars and ‘ad supported’ software that cause undesired Drsearch.info pop ups to appear.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
When the download is finished, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the tool is started, you will see a screen as shown below.
Further, click “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the ‘ad supported’ software that developed to redirect your internet browser to various ad web pages such as Drsearch.info. Depending on your machine, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When it has finished scanning, it’ll show a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been detected like below.
Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt as shown in the figure below.
You need to press “OK”. When the clean up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your personal computer. When your machine is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stop Drsearch.info redirect
It’s also critical to protect your web-browsers from malicious web pages and ads by using an adblocker program such as AdGuard. Security experts says that it’ll greatly reduce the risk of malicious software, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard can also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once downloading is complete, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen like below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can press “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist 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 launch your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block advertisements, sites such Drsearch.info, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which may be found on your desktop.
How did Drsearch.info advertisements get on your computer
To sum up
Once you have finished the step by step tutorial outlined above, your computer should be clean from malware, hijackers and adware. The Chrome, IE, Firefox and MS Edge will no longer open Drsearch.info undesired web page when you browse the Web. Unfortunately, if the step by step guidance does not help you, then you have caught a new ad supported software, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2015
- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next click “Do a system scan only” button.
- When it has finished scanning, the scan button will read “Save log”, press it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the intrusive Drsearch.info pop ups.