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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's Search

If your Internet searches are redirected via, then you are infected with Search browser hijacker. It is very easy for this threat to enter your system via bundled software installation and other means of malware distribution. Thus, you need to be very cautious whenever you install freeware applications on your computer, because you might be installing Search along! Nevertheless, despite the fact that this application pose various security risks, it is not a dangerous computer virus, and you can easily remove Search from your computer. Simply keep on reading this description to find out how to do it.

Actually, at first you may think that Search is a decent search engine, because it does look like one. However, if you try out its search engine, you will see that Search makes use of tailored Yahoo! search and it does not provide anything itself. Even its wide language selection (ranging from Hindi and Japanese to Thai and Russian) makes it look user-friendly, Search should not remain installed on your browser, because it is very likely that its search results are rigged and you might be redirected to corrupted websites that host and distribute malware.

What is more, in order to provide you with specific search results, Search also collects your web browsing information, as stated on the Privacy Policy page of the website:

Each time you visit the Site, we collect the limited information that your browser makes available whenever you visit any website. This information includes: (a) your Internet Protocol (IP) address; (b) the address of the last URL you visited before clicking through to the Site; (c) your browser and platform type; (d) your browser language; and (e) the data in any undeleted "cookies" that your browser previously accepted from us.

Needless to say, that if such data is collected by a browser hijacker it may be used for illegal purposes as well. Therefore, you it is necessary to remove Search from your computer, in order to avoid possible malware infections. Run a full system scan with SpyHunter free scanner to check the exact location of Search files, and if you are a computer expert, you can remove Search manually. However, it is not advised to do so, if you have never worked with Registry Editor. It is for the best to invest in a legitimate antimalware tool and terminate Search automatically.

If your browser home page is still even after the removal, follow the instructions below to restore your default browser settings.

Delete Search from Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and go to Manage add-ons.
  2. Click Search providers on the left and remove Search from the list.
  3. Press Alt+X again and go to Internet Options.
  4. Change your home page at home page section under General tab. Click OK.

Delete Search from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Firefox button and go to Options.
  2. Rewrite your home page address at home page section under General tab.
  3. Click Search engine icon on the left of Firefox search box (top right corner).
  4. Select Manage search engines and remove Search from the list. Click OK.

Delete Search from Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Select Open a page or set of pages under On Startup. Click Set pages.
  3. Remove, enter a new home page address and click OK.
  4. Click Manage search engines under Search.
  5. Remove Search from the list, set a new default search engine and click Done.

Finally, scan your computer with SpyHunter free scanner again, to make sure that all dangerous files are gone for good.

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How to manually remove Search

Files associated with Search infection:

eXQ.exe Search processes to kill:



  1. Paweł May 29, 2013

    It doesn't work. SpyHunter detects that ***** *****, removes it and... the opens again.

  2. Pcthreat May 29, 2013

    Go to shortcut properties of your browser, and remove anything thats after .exe
    If you've purchased SpyHunter, use HelpDesk, where support will fix any left errors.

  3. Ronel Steynberg Mar 13, 2014

    None of the methods explained works! I cannot get rid of PortalDosites!! Please help!

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