- Changes default search engine
- Hijacks homepage
Adware programs are not the only things that may come bundled with freeware. If you download freeware from third-party websites often, you may also get infected with browser hijackers. Vosteran Search is one of them. This browser hijacker does not even seem to be complete yet, but in case your default homepage changes to vosteran.com – do not panic. You can terminate Vosteran Search by removing all the unwanted applications from your system and restoring your browser settings on your own. In order to avoid similar infections in the future, you should stay away from unfamiliar file sharing websites.
Vosteran Search hijacker should travel bundled with Installcore installers. Other programs that get distributed in Installcore bundles include Koala Personal Search, MyPC Backup, Reg Clean Pro and many others. Hence, if you see that your default homepage and search engine got changed to vosteran.com, better check the list of installed programs via Control Panel. It is very likely that you downloaded and installed a lot more programs onto your computer that you think.
Another important thing to note is that Vosteran Search might enter your system surreptitiously, but you are still the one who allows this browser hijacker to get installed on the PC. Since this search engine does not have any direct distribution source, it relies on bundled freeware distribution to travel around. As far as the bundled freeware downloads are concerned – it cannot happen unless user initiates one. To avoid installing unwanted programs and Vosteran Search, you need to refrain from clicking links and download buttons on torrent and other file sharing websites. For all its worth – you might be initiating a browser hijacker installation: Vosteran Search, Lasaoren, Astromenda and the like.
Browser hijackers are not extremely dangerous threats in that they do not steal your personal data and they do not try to infect your system with malware deliberately. However, it is very likely that Vosteran Search will collect information on your web browsing habits, and later on it will use this data to generate a flow of commercial advertisements.
Trusting Vosteran Search ads would be a bad idea because the browser hijacker does not review what kind of content gets installed into its ads. Hence, if it gets exploited by a malicious third-party, your PC might eventually get infected with dangerous malware applications. Before that happens, reset your browser settings to default and remove all the unwanted applications from your PC. This is the best way to delete Vosteran Search.
After manual removal you need to make sure that there are not unwanted applications left. Hence, scan the system with SpyHunter free scanner, and do not hesitate to invest in a licensed antispyware application, if need be.
How to remove unwanted applications
Windows Vista & Windows 7
Reset browser settings to default