What is Paper-search2016.com?
Paper-search2016.com is not your regular search provider that produces useful, helpful search results as soon as you enter the desired keyword into the allocated search box. First of all, regular search providers do not hijack browsers, and that is exactly what this supposedly beneficial search tool can do. Second, beneficial tools actually work, and this imposter is completely useless. We are sure that if it has hijacked your browsers, you want to delete it as soon as possible, and you need no further explanation. We have analyzed this threat, and we have prepared a guide that presents more information that you might be unaware of. If you want to learn more, continue reading. If you are here just for the removal of Paper-search2016.com, you can find the instructions explaining how to get rid of this hijacker below.
How does Paper-search2016.com work?
Do you know much about Paper-search2016.com? If it was installed with your permission, it must have been introduced to you in some kind of manner. Was it supported by information indicating it as a beneficial search tool? Whatever the case is, it is most likely that you have been tricked into installing it because, in reality, is not useful for anyone in any way. Now, if it was installed without your permission, you probably realize already that it is dangerous or, at least, suspicious. The distribution of this browser hijacker raises quite a few questions as well. Of course, an official installer does not exist, but users would not be dealing with it if it wasn’t distributed. Anti-Spyware-101.com malware researchers warn that the installer of this hijacker could hide behind software bundles. Some of them could introduce you to this threat in a misleading manner. Others could force you to install it as part of more desirable software. And then there are installers that could hide this hijacker altogether. Overall, it looks like Paper-search2016.com could be running on your PC along with malware, and, if it does, you need to delete it also. If you are not sure if you need to remove other threats, employ a trusted malware scanner.
How to eliminate Paper-search2016.com
Paper-search2016.com is not a complicated infection. It is just an unsuccessful browser hijacker that does not work the way it is supposed to. That is good news, considering that it could be very misleading and even dangerous. According to our researchers, users should be able to get rid of this infection by modifying the homepage URL of the infected browser. You can do it directly on your browser, or you can change files and registry values as shown in the removal guide below. Of course, first, you should scan your operating system to check for additional infections. If you discover much more complicated threats, we advise installing an anti-malware tool that will quickly delete Paper-search2016.com along with all other threats from your PC automatically. Do you need our assistance? Post a comment below.
- Tap Win+R keys on the keyboard to access RUN.
- Enter regedit.exe into the dialog box and click OK.
- Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- Open the value named Start Page (you can open it by double-clicking it).
- Erase the URL of the hijacker, enter the URL of the desirable start page, and click OK.
- Tap Win+E keys on the keyboard to access Explorer.
- Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the address bar and tap Enter.
- Open your Mozilla profile. It’s the folder with random characters and the .default string.
- Now, open the prefs.js file, which you can do using Notepad.
- Find the user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://paper-search2016.com"); string.
- Replace the hijacker’s URL with the desired URL and save the file.
- Tap Win+E keys on your keyboard to access Explorer.
- Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ (or %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\) into the address bar and tap Enter.
- Open the Default folder. If there are multiple profiles on the Chrome browser, open your unique Profile folder (it has a unique name).
- Open the file named Preferences, which you can do using Notepad.
- Find the URL of the hijacker and replace it with the desired URL. Save the file.
- Open the Secure Preferences file and repeat step 5.
- Open the Web Data file and repeat step 5.
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