How to remove Searchfog.net virus to stop browser redirect

The Searchfog.net redirect virus is yet another misleading browser infection that can hijack Mozilla firefox, chrome, IE, Safari etc. Once installed, this malware will change default homepage and DNS settings. It replaces the Google search with SearchFOG search engine. Soon after its invasion, you,ll notice that searching the web or opening a website leads to www.Searchfog.net or http://Searchfog.net.
If you look at Searchfog.net website carefuly, you,ll find out that it does not bring any useful information for your search queries. Instead, it displays advertisements and paid commercials relevant to the keyword you searched for. Actually the Searchfog.net virus is a malicious adware plus hijacker which is designed to drive online users to Searchfog.net website and then display them spammy adverts.

Disadvantages and risks of having Searchfog.net:

  • It may change & corrupt default settings of browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer
  • Changes home page and displays unwanted pop-ups advertisements
  • Causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites, hijacks search engine settings and leads to unexpected webpages
  • Keeps record of browsing activities and interests
  • Collects Personal user information which may include sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts
  • It may bring further infections are direct the user to infectious sites
  • Makes the browser run slow, uses a big part of system resources


Want to get rid of Browser Hijack Searchfog.net?:
To manually remove Searchfog.net, follow the instructions.

First of all, Uninstall the program. (Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel).
“Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now Locate and open “Add or Remove Programs” or “PROGRAMS AND FEATURES”. Find “Searchfog.net”. Now click Uninstall/Remove.

Now remove the program from Browser.

Internet Explorer users:
Click “Tools” (if on Internet Explorer 9, click gear icon), Then “Manage Add-ons”. Look for Searchfog.net. Disable if found any.

Block Searchfog.net pop-ups
To stop pop-ups from malware,
Click on TOOLS > POP-UP BLOCKER, then click TURN ON POP-UP BLOCKER. and then go to POP-UP BLOCKER SETTINGS. (Type any website you wish to block popups from)
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Firefox users:
Go to “Tools” (at the top), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable “Searchfog.net”
disable-extension-plugin-firefox

Chrome Users:
Click “Tools/Settings” (Wrench incon), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable any file associate with malware.
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Still Spyware Searchfog.net lurking in the system? Remove manually

Stop processes of this malware:
Open Task Manager to stop processes.

Remove associated registry settings:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions,
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0

Delete Searchfog.net infected files:
%Profile%\Local Settings\Temp\
%ProgramFiles%\
%UserProfile%\

System restore:
Have you tried methods above but still malware not removed? Then try Restoring your computer to an earlier state.
Click Start menu > All Programs > System Tools > System Restore
or
Start menu > Backup and Recover > Recover System

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Alternatively, you are advised to use the removal tool below to get rid of this malware infection.
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