I wrote this article to help you remove Search.queryrouter.com. This Search.queryrouter.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Search.queryrouter.com page appearing every time you open your browser or a new tab is bad news. It indicates the presence of a cyber infection on your machine. A browser hijacker, to be exact, which, if you don’t take measures will cause you a ton of issues. The nasty tool promises to enhance your browsing experience and to provide accurate and safe search results but it doesn’t deliver. This hijacker is an infection developed by crooks to serve their malicious purposes. And you know that is money, right. You have to remove it ASAP otherwise, you will regret it. Don’t let them make you a part of their business.
Once the Search.queryrouter.com slithers in your system it doesn’t waste any time. It attacks immediately and its first target are your browsers. All of them. The hijacker adds a pesky plugin to Mozilla, Chrome and Internet Explorer. Of course, the pest doesn’t need your approval for this changes. It is able to make unauthorized reshuffles which you only find out about after they have been done. After this plugin is installed your browsers are no longer reliable. Moreover, they are not the same. Your homepage and your previous search engine are now gone and Search.queryrouter.com is in their place. It goes without saying that you cannot change them back. If you want to surf the web you are forced to use this website which is incredibly unsafe.
As mentioned it was developed by crooks to help them gain money. So, it generates a huge amount of sponsored, tailored links. Of course, it shows you safe ones as well but there is no way to tell which is which unless you click. And this is too much of a risk. Clicking on sponsored links boosts web traffic to unknown shady pages and the cybercriminals make money via the pay-per-click method. Each click of yours fills their pockets. But not only that. Aside from helping them make profits, you are also exposing yourself to huge risk. Most of the links redirect you to pages laced with malware. You can infect your already infected PC in no time.
Because of the hijacker`s presence you are always only one click away from more cyber threats. But this is now all. The modifies search results are only a part of the parasite`s shenanigans. It also bombards you with numerous annoying pop-ups on daily basis. We are talking ads, banners, coupons, video ads, offers, best prices, etc. Pretty much whatever you can think of is on that list. These ads will cover your screen all the time just blinking and blocking content. You cannot close them either. If you try you end up redirected to another dangerous page or, what is worse, automatically get infected with something.
You can see how all of this prevents you from using your machine normally. And while we are on that, your computer is suffering as well. It is incredibly slow. It takes it forever to load a page or to open an app. Your system crashes often, your browsers freeze. You might even experience some Internet connection issues. Nothing good comes out of having this hijacker on board. On the contrary.
Aside from enduring all of this interruptions you are also risking your privacy. Search.queryrouter.com spies on you and monitors your every move to collect sensitive information. Then, when it has enough, it sends it all to the crooks behind it. This is how they end up in possession of your personal info and data. Don’t let this happen. You may fall victim to a financial scam or even identity theft. Use our removal guide below to get rid of this pest once and for all.
Before you proceed to this step, however, one more question remains. How did you get infected? Hijackers cannot enter your system without you allowing them to. They need your approval. That’s why they use tricks. Otherwise, you will never give it. The parasites hide behind illegitimate software bundles which you download from unverified sources. Then, during the installation, you don’t pay enough attention and the pest manages to sneak in. Not paying enough attention means skipping steps, not reading the Terms and Conditions, blindly pressing “next/I agree”.
We strongly recommend opting for the Custom settings when installing a program package. This way you can see every program which is about to be installed on your PC and terminate it if needed. Never rush an installment. It is always easier to prevent an infection than to deal with it later.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Search.queryrouter.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.