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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hijacked by Eticosearch.com? - Tips for Etico Search Removal

Should You Remove Etico Search?

Etico Search (Ericosearch.com) presents itself as an all-in-one search engine once getting on a computer via the promotion of a third party. Eticosearch.com, with a relatively simple interface, overrides the targeted browsers' homepages with stopping. By using the form of add-on, BHO, and WinsockLSP etc, this browser hijacker can modify your browser settings compulsively. After that, you will notice that every time you open your browser or open a new tab, you are always greeted with Etico Search page.

"I am really confused, I don't go anywhere online that is sketchy, I don't download weird shit, and I don't do anything risky. However,recently, I keep getting an error on my computer that tells me "Firewalls.exe" has stopped working correctly and then my chrome shuts itself off at the same time, then the search engines in Chrome are all gone, except for this "Etico Search", same things happens to IE but I never use IE, and it doesn't touch my WaterFox browser. It is getting installed somehow, but i am at a loss."

See how annoying Eticosearch.com is? You are not suggested to give up removing this hijacker for:

• It comes secretly and overrides your homepage.
It may lead to numerous superfluous Ads.
• You may take forever to get navigation.
• It just stays there no matter how you reset or reinstall the browser.
• Other unwanted apps may come along with Etico Search invader.

Given that there are so many ways (such as spam email, free downloads, corrupt websites, unknown links/pop ups, some Trojan horses) available for Etico Search to sneak into your system, you are recommended to pay much attention while surfing online or installing something new.

How to Drive Etico Search Away From Your Browser?

Method 1: Restrict Etico Search on your browser (e.g. IE)

Open IE ->> Tools ->> Internet Options ->> Security ->> Choose Restricted Sites under "Select a zone to view or change security settings"->> Sites ->> input the website: http://eticosearch.com/ ->> Close 

If you still see www.earching.info popup, you could try to this:

Method 2: Manually Delete all items related to Etico Search

1) Reset system DNS

1) Open Control Panel (Start->Control Panel)
2) Double-click “Network Connections” icon to open it.
3) Right click on “Local Area Connection” icon and select “Properties”.
4) Select “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties” button.
5) Choose “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and click OK.

2) Reset your browser (e.g.IE)

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 result and click ‘Remove’ to remove it;
4) Go to ‘Tools’ -> ‘Internet Options’; select ‘General tab’ and click website, e.g. Google.com. Click OK to save changes.

3) Show hidden files

1) Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options;
2) Under View tab to tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK;

4) Delete associated entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run""= "%AppData%\.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run""= "%AppData%\.exe"

5) Delete associated files
C:\Program Files(x86)\Etico\Etico Search\updater.exe  
C:\Program Files(x86)\Etico\Etico Search\updater.ini

Method 3: Automatically Remove Etico Search

(If you are not familiar with entries stuff from registry editor, you could download automatic removal tool SpyHunter for professional help. )

1) Download removal tool SpyHunter


2) Install SpyHunter after downloading

3) Run SpyHunter and start a full scan

  spyhunter3 scan

4) Clean all detected items

Notification: Etico Search is such an irritating browser hijacker that should be removed without hesitation. Hope the manual tips could walk you through the removal process. Should you run into any puzzle, to avoid unwanted damage, you are sincerely suggested to uninstall Eticosearch.com hijacker by starting an automatic removal with SpyHunter from here.