Friday, January 18, 2013

Persistent Redirect! – How to Remove search.certified Redirect Virus

Why Want to Remove search.certified-toolbar Search Engine?

Search.certified-toolbar attaches itself to user’s browser automatically. Regardless of the fact that various known methods have been tried, but the interface won’t go away! Here’s the screenshot: acts like a legit one resembling Google search engine that get search results based on its domain. Sometimes, it will not stop annoying people by delivering result list that is not related to the key words you type. What’s more, it’ll hack outlook which concerns work and life of many people. You then finally assure its nature as a redirect virus.

What Kind of Danger Are You Supposed to Face

Search.certified-toolbar has been reported as a debilitating virus. Here are the dangers that you may meet up listed by Tee Support analysts 24/7 online from both complaints of clients and observations by experts:

  1. it keeps security loophole open under the cover of search engine to allow automatic malware installation. Thus you may get some unfamiliar icons created on the desktop;
  2. keyloggers and codes may be loaded to encrypt files containing money-worthy information and spy/steal your personal information. Therefore, you’ll notice some of files are disappearing;
  3. it serves as a platform for information receipt and exchange, thus more and more files will be downloaded, leading to a choppy computer because of considerably consumed resource. 
  4. virus repairs browser settings such as the home page and internal search engine.
Obviously, you have no reason to run your browser with such redirect virus around. The longer you have it, the more stubborn it will be. What’s worse, if the removal is incomplete, will come back with even worse characteristics that enable endless advertisements and shutdown all security utilities. So now please follow the steps to help yourself out of the plight fast. Should you get confused, you are welcome to get professional help by accessing to 24/7 online computer help center here.

Out of Idea to Remove Detialed Steps to Follow up

1. Disable any suspicious startup items.
For Windows XP:

step: Click Start menu -> click Run -> type: msconfig in the search bar -> open System Configuration Utility -> Disable all possible startup items.

2. Remove add-ons:

Internet Explorer:
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 website, e.g. Click OK to save changes.

Google Chrome
1) Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon, select ‘Settings’;
2) Choose ‘Basic Options’;
3) Change Google Chrome’s homepage to 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 Result’ from the list to remove it by clicking the ‘X’ mark.    

Mozilla Firefox
1) Click on the magnifier’s icon and select ‘Manage Search Engine…’;
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 under ‘General tab;  

3. Disable proxy

  1. Click on Tools on the menu bar
  2. select Internet options
  3. go to Connections tab
  4. select LAN settings at the bottom of the dialog
  5. under the Proxy sever, untick 'use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections).'
  6. Click OK 

4. Show hidden files  
step: a) open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options;


b) under View tab to tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK;


5. Open Windows Task Manager and close all running processes.
step: Use CTRL+ALT+DEL combination to open Task Manager  

Please stop all the following processes.

6. Delete all related files and registry values in your local hard disk C.
step: Hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and press the "R" button. Type in "regedit" and hit "Enter" to gain access to the Registry Editor.


HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main|Search Page
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main|Search Bar
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main|Default_Search_URL
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search|Default_Search_URL
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main|Start Page

step:Click on the “Start” menu and then click on the “Search programs and files” box, Search for and delete these files:
C: > Program Files > CertifiedToolbar
AppData > LocalLow > Certified Toolbar

Direct Removal Guide to Help You Get Rid of Redirect Virus 


Kind Reminder: There's a lot of work need to do after you have resorted to security utilities. And what you need to do is to get into the kernel part of the affected system to kill related  files and registries. Be careful when you do that, since any slight mistake would result in none-access to Windows again. Should you fail to kill redirect virus and the mess of your browser, you are welcome to start a live chat with Tee Support experts 24/7 online for real-time help.

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