Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How to Remove Search-123.com Effectively - Useful Uninstall Guide

Screenshot of Search-123.com:

Search-123.com is classified as potentially unwanted program (PUP) that categorized as browser hijacker. It is designed as a free browser search engine that copies Google Style search to provide web, images and videos search for computer users. Whiles, the main purpose of Search-123.com that is created specifically by the cyber hackers is to kidnap your browser for commercial promotion or meeting their marketing needs.

Meanwhile, the performance of the target PC will decrease day after day due to series of harmful tasks of Search-123.com. It will take you a long to launch your PC and open a webpage as Search-123.com sneakily eats up a large amounts of system and internet resources in the background. What's worse, Search-123.com not only affects operating system of target PC, but also puts users’ privacy at high risk as it is capable of recording web browsing activities, websites visited, search keywords, and other sensitive data like online user name and password. To get a safe, fast and clean system back, you need to promptly remove Search-123.com.

In this post, I offer two effective methods (Manual removal guide and Automatic removal instruction) to get rid of Search-123.com completely, choose the one you like to remove Search-123.com from your PC once and for all.

Solution One: Search-123.com manual removal instruction:

1. End all the running processes of Search-123.com

 Open task manager by pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del keys at the same time. Another way is to click on the Start button and choose Run option, then type taskmgr into and press OK.

Stop all the running processes about Search-123.com.

2. Remove harmful add-on and extensions from your web browsers.

Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Manage add-on and disable all the suspicious add-on.


(1). Click the Firefox menu and click Add-on

(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-on and click Disable.

Google Chrome:

(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions

3. Disable any suspicious startup items that are made by Search-123.com

Windows Vista or Windows7: click start menu→type msconfig in the search bar → open System Configuration →Disable all possible startup items generated.

4. Clean cookies

Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.

Firefox: Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.

Opera: Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.

5. Show all hidden files and clean all the files about Search-123.com

(1).Click the Start button and choose Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, to find Folder Options then double-click on it.

(2).In the pop-up dialog box, click the View tab and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

(3). Clean all the harmful files about this infection as below.

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\random

6. Delete malicious registry entries related to Search-123.com.

Open Registry Editor by pressing Window+R keys together.(another way is clicking on the Start button and choosing Run option, then typing into Regedit and pressing Enter. )

Delete all the vicious registries as below:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run\random.exe"
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\random
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run \Regedit32
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = 1

Manual removal is an effective method to get rid of Search-123.com, however it is a little complicated, if you do not familiar with system files and registries and do not want to mess up your PC, you can choose the automatic removal method as below.

Solution Two: Search-123.com automatic removal instruction

SpyHunter is designed as a simple way for the average computer user to protect their PC from online threats. It is automatically configured to give you the best protection. It provides reliable protection against all kinds of malicious threats including spyware, adware, hijackers, rootkits, and more. You can follow the instructions provided below to download and install SpyHunter successfully, and enjoy the immediate and ongoing protection.

1. Download SpyHunter by clicking the following download link:

2. Double-click on the downloaded file. If asked to allow program to make changes to this computer, click “Yes” button.

3. In this step, please accept the Licence Agreement and click “Next >” button.

4. Install Spyhunter in your PC.

5. After the definition database is downloaded, system scan will automatically start.

Note: Search-123.com is quite nasty and stubborn, you cannot be too careful to distinguish its harmful files and registries from the system files and registries. If you have spend too much time in manual removing Search-123.com and still not make any progress, you can download and install Spyhunter antivirus software here to remove Search-123.com automatically for you.

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