ForSearch.net

What is ForSearch.net?

If your browsers open ForSearch.net (forsearch.net/home), which looks quite a trustworthy search engine at first glance, this, without a doubt, suggests that a browser hijacker infection has successfully entered the computer and applied changes. It should be compatible with all popular browsers, e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, but its infection rate is quite small, and it mainly spreads in Vietnam, so it is not very likely that a number of users will encounter ForSearch.net. If you have become one of the victims of this browser hijacker, i.e. ForSearch.net is automatically loaded for you when you launch any of your browsers, you should go to take care of the browser hijacker active on your system as soon as possible. This is the only way to undo the changes applied to web browsers and erase this suspicious domain. After getting rid of it, you will be allowed to set a new website you like as your homepage, or recover the previously used website which has been removed due to the entrance of a browser hijacker.

What does ForSearch.net do?

ForSearch.net is not a website that can be trusted although it does not look harmful at all. Specialists say that it should return search results like other browser hijackers do. It might even pretend to be a Bing search provider, which is known to be a trustworthy search tool. No matter how ForSearch.net looks like, do not trust it by any means if you ever find it set on your browsers. It has several drawbacks that make it an undesirable search tool. First of all, it is known that it is a part of a browser hijacker infection because users do not give it direct permission to show up on their browsers. Second, it is very likely that users will see the modified search results instead of ordinary search results decent search engines display. These modified search results have a potential of taking users to third-party pages containing malicious software, so ignoring them all is highly recommended. Of course, it easier said than done. Researchers say that users might click on those modified search results accidentally because it is not that easy to say which of the displayed search results are those modified ones. Because of this, it would be a smart decision to fully delete ForSearch.net in order not to see any of its search results, both trustworthy and untrustworthy. It will be impossible to click on these modified search results only when ForSearch.net is gone.

Researchers working at anti-spyware-101.com could not find the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy of ForSearch.net, which suggests that it has what to hide from users. Such search providers which do not have any official documents usually turn out to be untrustworthy. Just like ForSearch.net, they show up on users’ browsers without permission and then start performing their activities. They not only set themselves on browsers and display potentially dangerous modified search results or ads, but might also cause online privacy issues over time. ForSearch.net might act the same. It does not have any documents explaining how it treats the privacy of users, so there is a 50/50 chance that it can gather important information about users behind their backs too.

Where does ForSearch.net come from?

Before we start talking about the removal of this untrustworthy search tool, we should analyze how it is distributed too. Specialists have not made any shocking findings – it has become clear that this browser hijacker is distributed like similar infections are. This is, it travels bundled in malicious software installers. Most probably, it is only one of several items in this installer. As a consequence, you have agreed with its installation without even realizing and noticing that. Luckily, this browser hijacker can be erased from the computer.

How to delete ForSearch.net

If you have found that ForSearch.net has affected all your browsers, you need to erase it from all of them so that you could say that you have deleted this computer infection fully. Users who plan to erase it manually should definitely use our manual removal guide because it is not so easy to make modifications in the system registry. Scan your PC with an automatic scanner, such as SpyHunter, to make sure that it is fully deleted once you are finished. In case a scanner you use detects undesirable third-party software on your system too, delete it ASAP as well.

Remove ForSearch.net manually

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type regedit in the box and click OK.
  3. Open HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Locate the Start Page value, right-click on it, and select Modify.
  5. Delete data from the Value data field.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Open HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}.
  8. Delete Value data fields for the following Values (use 4th and 5th removal steps):
  • FaviconURL
  • FaviconURLFallback
  • TopResultURL
  • URL

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch the Windows Explorer (press Win+E).
  2. Open %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles and find a folder containing the prefs.js file.
  3. Open it with Notepad.
  4. Delete user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http:// forsearch.net "); from this file.
  5. Save the changes.

Google Chrome

  1. Open the Windows Explorer.
  2. Type %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default in the address bar and press Enter.
  3. Delete Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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