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How to Remove Shellsearch.net Homepage (Removal Help)

Question

I tried to remove Shellsearch.net from my computer but did not. Shellsearch.net is still in firefox (thats the only browser it was on anyway). And i also got luckysearches simultaneously and it didn’t remove that either. What should I do?

Explanation & Solution

Shellsearch.net is what is known as a browser hijacker. This is a type of unwanted plugin that should be considered as an exceptionally annoying form of adware. Unlike a Trojan or a virus, it will not damage your files or corrupt your data, but it can have other effects that interfere with your computer use. You should therefore follow our steps on how to remove Shellsearch.net from your PC.

Shellsearch.net Homepage Image

Hijackers change your browser’s settings without permission. Whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, the effects are similar. Your homepage will be changed to Shellsearch, your bookmarks will be altered, and the hijacker will also activate every time you open a new tab. Worse, whenever you see search results, some may lead to dangerous, malware-filled sites. Your PC is also likely to slow down.

The most likely explanation is that you have installed the hijacker along with another program you obtained from a download site. Some freeware hosting sites do not check their files properly, which means that when you use the default installation settings, you will unknowingly also be installing Shellsearch.net. It’s also possible to be infected by opening attachments in spam emails or by clicking on links in pop-up ads online.

Always be careful when you’re on the Internet, especially when downloading files. Don’t use sites that seem suspicious, and avoid opening emails from unknown senders. If you download programs from file-hosting sites, always check to see what files are included in the package, and always use the custom installation option. Deselect any check-boxes that allow unknown extensions or addons to be installed, as Shellsearch may be one of these.

How can you get rid of Shellsearch.net?

There are two ways to do this, one much easier than the other. The difficult option is to try to remove the files manually. This should only be attempted by experts, since making any mistakes can let unwanted files remain on your computer. A faster, safer method is to follow our easy-to-understand guide, which will tell you how to use a specially prepared tool to clean your PC completely. This will leave you with no Shellsearch.net – but instead a clean, fast computer!


Removal Instructions

Automatic Fixit

Download Adware Remover Tool v3.9 to remove Shellsearch.net Automatically, It’s a Freeware utility specially designed for Adware Removal. This tool can remove most of the Adwares from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It can remove all the traces of Shellsearch.net from registry as well.

TSA_Fixit

Adware-Removal-Tool-v3.9.exe


Manual Steps

Step 1: To Uninstall Shellsearch.net from computer

  • Click on Start button and then click on Control Panel.
  • Now click on Programs –> Uninstall a program or Program and Features (Windows-7, 8, Vista). You also may click on “Uninstall a program”
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Uninstall a program for Vista, 7, 8
  • For Windows XP users click on Add/Remove Programs.
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  • You’ll get a window which has listed all the installed programs.
  • UninstallShellsearch.net” from there.
    (Note: If you face any type of problem while uninstalling Shellsearch.net” then you can use Revo uninstaller tool, it can it remove forcefully. Click here to download Revo Uninstaller Tool).
  • Also do uninstall all the unwanted & unknown programs which are listed in “Suspicious Programs list”(See below for the list). You should uninstall them immediately if you found any into your computer.
    (Note: If you face any type of problem while uninstalling anything from control panel then you can use Revo uninstaller tool, it can remove any software forcefully. Click here to download Revo Uninstaller Tool).
  • Uninstall all unwanted programs
  • Uninstall all unwanted programs

 

Suspicious Programs list

  • Browser defender
  • HD-Plus 1.8
  • Vplay
  • Browser protect
  • Browser protected by conduit
  • Delta search, Babylon
  • LessTabs
  • WebCake 3.0
  • Yealt
  • LyricsContainer
  • VideoSaver
  • AddLyrics
  • privacy safe guard
  • unfriend checker
  • Price peep today
  • Coupon amazine
  • TidyNetwork.com
  • DownloadTerms 1.0
  • Yontoo
  • Also uninstall all the unwanted & unknown programs which are not listed here.


Step 2 : To Remove Shellsearch.net from Internet Explorer.

Step 2.1: Remove Shellsearch.net from homepage

  • Open Internet Explorer then go to Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab. Now look into under HOME PAGE Edit Box you got www.Shellsearch.net, replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.

Step 2.2: Remove Shellsearch.net add-ons from Internet Explorer.

  • Open Internet Explorer then go to Tools menu (press “F10” key once to active menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened
  • Click on Programs tab then click on Manage Add-ons, now you’ll get a window which have listed all the installed add-ons.
  • Now disable the Shellsearch.net add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted add-ons from this list. (As per below screenshot).

disable-add-ons-from-ie

Step 2.3: Reset Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer. Click on Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar), click on Internet Option. A internet option window will open.
  • For IE9, IE10 users may click on Gear icon IE Gear Icon. Then click on tools.
  • Click on Advanced tab then click on RESET button.
  • Now you will get a new popup for confirmation, tick mark on Delete personal setting then click on RESET button on that. (As shown on below screenshot)
  • Now your Internet Explorer has been Restored to default settings.

Internet Explorer Reset2

  • Now you will appear a popup stated “complete all the tasks”. After completion click on close button.


Step 3 : To Remove Shellsearch.net from Mozilla Firefox

Step 3.1 : Remove Shellsearch.net from Mozilla Hompeage

  • Open Mozilla Firefox, Click on Tools menu (If tools menu doesn’t appear then press “F10” key once to active the menu bar) then go to Options, after that a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab and then look on the very first section named as Startup. Under start-up you will see a HOME PAGE Edit Box, under this edit box you will see www.Shellsearch.net, please replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.
  • Restart Firefox Browser

Step 3.2 : Remove Shellsearch.net from add-ons

  • Open Firefox and then go the Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar) click on Add-ons, you’ll get a page click on extensions from the left side pane. now look on right side pane you’ll get all the installed add-ons listed on there. Disable or Remove Shellsearch.net add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted add-ons from there. (As per below screen shot)

remove-unwanted-addons-from-firefox

Step 3.3: Reset Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox and then go the Help menu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar)
  • Go to Help menu then click on “Troubleshooting information”
    Note: you can also open this page in this ways, open Firefox then type this command in the address bar “about:support” (without quote) and then hit enter or OK.
  • You will get a page “Troubleshooting information” page, here you will get “Reset Firefox” option in the right side of the page.
  • Click on Reset Firefox option and then follow their instructions to reset firefox.
  • Mozilla Firefox should be Restored.

Firefox Reset1

Firefox Reset2


Step 4 : To Remove Shellsearch.net from Google Chrome

Step 4.1: Remove unwanted homepage & search engine from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), click on Settings. You will get a configuration page.
  • Under configuration page find a option named as “Open a specific page or set of pages” click on its Set Pages. Another window will come up. Here you will appear the bunch of URL’s under “Set pages”. Delete all them and then enter only one which you want to use as your home page.
Google Chrome Homepage step1
Google Chrome Homepage Reset step1
Google Chrome Homepage2
Google Chrome Homepage reset step 2
  • In the same configuration page click on Manage search engines button. Delete all the search engines from there, just keep only www.goole.com as your default search Engine.
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Google Chrome search engine step 3
Google Chrome Homepage4
Google Chrome search engine step 4
Google Chrome Homepage5
Google Chrome search engine Step5

Step 4.2 : Remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), then click on Tools then, click on Extensions. (As shown on below screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions1

  • You will get a configuration page which have listed all the installed extensions, remove Shellsearch.net extension. Also remove all the unknown / unwanted extensions from there. To remove them, click on remove (recycle bin) icon Google Chrome remove extensions button(as shown on screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions2

Step 4.3 : Reset Google Chrome – Restore to default setting.

  • Open Google Chrome, click on menu icon Google Chrome Options Icon and then click on settings (Note: menu icon is located right side top corner it is look like this: Google Chrome Options Icon ). (See the below screenshot for better understand)
  • Scroll down and click onShow advanced settings…”option, after click on that you’ll appear some more options in bottom of the page. Now scroll down more and click on “Reset Browser setting” option. (See the below screenshot for better understand)
  • Now, Close all Google Chrome browser’s window and reopen it again.

google-chrome-reset-method1

google-chrome-reset-method2

 


Step 5 : Remove Shellsearch.net infection from Windows shortcuts.

Follow the following steps for all browser’s shortcuts like: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari as well.

  • Right click on the shortcut of Internet Explorer and then do left click on the properties option. You’ll get a shortcut’s properties.
  • Click on shortcut tab and then delete the “www.Shellsearch.net/?utm” string from target field.
  • Need to delete this URL:

shortcut-clean1

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Repeat the above steps on all browser’s shortcuts like: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari in all location Desktop / Taskbar / Startmenu.

  • Remove Shellsearch.net infection from startmenu’s shortcuts.

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  • Remove Shellsearch.net infection from taskbar’s shortcuts.

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Step 6 : To Remove Shellsearch.net from Registry

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “REGEDIT” into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a registry editor window.
  • In the registry editor, click on Edit menu and then click on find option, you’ll get edit box to search any string into registry editor
  • Type “Shellsearch.net” into the find box and then click on Find Next.
  • The search result will highlight the key or value which have contains the Shellsearch.net string.
  • Now delete the Registry Key/Value/Value-Data if any one contains “Shellsearch.net” string (must see the example screenshot below)
    Note:- Do not delete the complete value data, just delete the Shellsearch.net path only (for example see screenshot3 below)
  • Use F3 key to find Next. and do the last step to all results.
  • We are giving you the example on “Conduit” Adware.

Screenshot 1

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Screenshot 2

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Screenshot 3

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Step 7 : To Remove Shellsearch.net from Autorun Tasks

  • Click on Start button and then do Right-Click on the computer and then do left-click on Manage. A manage window will appear.
  • In the manage window click on Tasks Scheduler from right side pane, then click on “Task Scheduler Library“, Now look on left side pane and Remove all the Tasks which have contains Shellsearch.net string and also remove all the unknown / unwanted tasks from there (As per the screenshot below).

scheduled-tasks-removal


Step 8 : To Remove Shellsearch.net from Startup

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Startup tab, here you’ll get all the startup entries, so look on the list and then do Un-check the entries which is contains Shellsearch.net. Also Un-check all the others entries which you found unwanted. then click on OK to apply all the changes.

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Step 9 : To Remove Shellsearch.net from Services

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG” into the run box then click on OK. . You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Services tab, here you’ll get all the start-up services list, click on “Hide Windows Services” all the windows related services will be hidden. now it’s only display the 3rd party installed services, now look on the list and then do Un-check the service which have contains Shellsearch.net. Also Un-check all the unknown / unwanted services. then click on OK to apply all the changes.

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Step 10 : To remove Shellsearch.net registry entries with Adwcleaner.exe

10.1 : Download AdwCleaner from the below link.

Click Here to Download: Adwcleaner.exe

10.2 : Run that downloaded file (Adwcleaner.exe).

10.3 : When you get it started, click on scan button to search the Shellsearch.net files and registry entries (As shown below screenshot).

adwcleaner-scanning-process

10.5 : When scanning process will be finished, click on Clean button to delete all the Shellsearch.net files and registry entries (as shown on below screenshot)

adwcleaner-cleanup-process

Step 11 : To remove Shellsearch.net with Hitman-Pro

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x32bit.exe

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x64bit.exe

Hitmanpro-found-adware

 

Step 12 : To remove Shellsearch.net with Malwarebytes.

12.1 : Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, then double click on it to install it.

Click Here to Download Malwarebytes.exe

How to use malwarebytes

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12.2 : Update online Virus Definition

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12.3 : Tick mark on “Perform quick scan” then click on Scan

12.4 : When the scan done click on “Show results”How to use malwarebytes

12.5 : After clicking on Show result it will you a another window where you will get the found threats. Click on “Remove Selected”

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This post was last updated on:2015-04-11 | First Published:2015-04-11

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