search.freecause.com Virus Removal Toolsearch.freecause.com is categorized as browser hijacker virus that modifies browser settings to replace the default homepage and search page with its own ads-serving search engine. Although posing as a legit search engine, FreeCause has been installed together with third party adware and spyware platforms. As you may have experienced, FreeCause displays irrelevant pages but advertising ones. In fact, some of the links presented by this are confirmed to be malicious and malware-downloading ones. The virus changes browser security settings and green light for such unsafe links.
FreeCause and other similar fake search engine are perfunctorily created with poor algorithm and target web browsers to generate online revenues via pay-per-click marketing campaign. And it's unavoidably downgrades performance of the target computer, especially of the browser. FreeCause may also cause unwanted redirect to spammy websites and block visit to certain authentic or official websites or generate ads popups there which is associated with another suspicious domain.
Furthermore, FreeCause is also believed to be connected with prevailing fake antivirus program such as System Progressive Protection or PC Defender Plus. It also should take responsibility for the slowness and extra links on favorites or bookmark files. Besides, it may also install other malware which may track your online activities and send to remote hacker. Therefore users should spare no efforts to completely remove search.freecause.com virus once it's detected.
search.freecause.com Removal GuidesYou may have its stubbornness after several hours of fruitless attempt to change the homepage of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome back. It makes no difference if you reset the infected even reinstall the infections. And you cannot find anything relevant to FreeCause either or pick up anything with decent antivirus utilities. You are not alone here since the browser malware drops its harmless files into legit system and makes modification in the system in an obscured way that is hard to identify and take track of. Right now manual means is your preferred solution to delete search.freecause.com infection. Below is the referential steps on how:
Step 2- Reset Internet Explorer by the following guide (take IE as an example):
Open Internet Explorer >> Click on Tools >> Click on Internet Options >> In the Internet Options window click on the Connections tab >> Then click on the LAN settings button>> Uncheck the check box labeled “Use a proxy server for your LAN” under the Proxy Server section and press OK.
Step 3- Disable any suspicious startup items that are made by infections from Outrate.com
For Windows Xp: Click Start menu -> click Run -> type: msconfig in the Run box -> click Ok to open the System Configuration Utility -> Disable all possible startup items generated from Outrate.com.
For Windows Vista or Windows7: click start menu->type msconfig in the search bar -> open System Configuration Utility -> Disable all possible startup items generated from Outrate.com.
Step 4- Remove add-ons:
1) Go to 'Tools' → 'Manage Add-ons';
2) Choose 'Search Providers' → choose 'Bing' search engine or 'Google' search engine and make it default;
3) Select 'Search Results' and click 'Remove' to remove it;
4) Go to 'Tools' → 'Internet Options', select 'General tab' and click 'Use default' button or enter your own website, e.g. Google.com. Click OK to save the changes.
1) Click on 'Customize and control' Google Chrome icon, select 'Settings';
2) Choose 'Basic Options'.
3) Change Google Chrome's homepage to google.com or any other and click the 'Manage search engines...' button;
4) Select 'Google' from the list and make it your default search engine;
5) Select 'Search Results' from the list remove it by clicking the "X" mark.
1) Click on the magnifier's icon and select 'Manage Search Engines....';
2) Choose 'Search Results' from the list and click 'Remove' and OK to save changes;
3) Go to 'Tools' → 'Options'. Reset the startup homepage or change it to google.com under the 'General tab';
Step 5- Open Windows Task Manager with Alt+Ctrl+Delete hotkeys and close all running processes.
Step 6: Search for and delete its related files in Local DiskC:%AppData%[trojan name]toolbarcouponscategories.xml
Step 7: Navigate to remove the registry entries associated as below in Registry Editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\”Shell” = “[random].exeNotes: If you are still confused with above procedures, please click here to contact a 24/7 online expert for more details.