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Suddenly Search.Accoona.com took over your homepage and you cannot remove it.
Search.Accoona.com is one more browser hijacker that you should keep an eye out for when surfing the Web. Developed by AdMedia, this malicious program usually sneaks in without permission and uses the beautiful facade of a legitimate search engine in order to deceive you and cause you trouble. It’s very important to know why exactly Search.Accoona.com and other similar programs were created in the first place – to generate web traffic. Why is it necessary to do so? Because that’s how the hackers who developed Search.Accoona.com make money. Now, let’s leave aside crooks’ never-ending desire for revenue; you shouldn’t let them involve you in any of the illegal tricks they have in store. In this particular scenario all you have to do is remove the virus which you will have to do anyway if you want to protect your machine and your privacy. The hijacker messes with your browsers till the point it manages to effectively ruin your Internet experience but that’s not all. Search.Accoona.com also slows down your machine considerably, opens back doors to malware, monitors your browsing-related information, constantly forces additional toolbars on you and even generates commercials. If all these shenanigans don’t get on your nerves, we would be highly impressed. Once the nasty Search.Accoona.com parasite gets installed, it will completely take control over your computer. Your preferences, your activities, your consent and even your opinion are no longer relevant. Need any more reasons to remove the virus? Do your future self a favor and deal with this situation on time. It’s only going to get worse.
How did I get infected with?
Hijackers rarely apply fair techniques to infiltrate computers and Search.Accoona.com is no exception. That means you didn’t install this program yourself and you probably haven’t even heard its name before. And yet, there it is. The minute you encounter Search.Accoona.com’s presence on your machine, you know that you have some terrible browsing habits you need to change. This program travels the Web as a “bonus” attachment to freeware or shareware bundles. Unless you have the rather unusual habit of checking the software you install in advance, you will not only infect your machine but you will also remain completely oblivious to it. No need to explain to you why it’s so harmful to have a parasite that you don’t know about, right? Just imagine a Trojan horse or some other nasty program quietly wrecking havoc on your PC. The bad news is, all kinds of infections could penetrate into your computer via the same method and even though Search.Accoona.com is a pest, it’s not among the most dangerous things out there. Always opt for the Advanced or Custom option in the Setup Wizard so you won’t be greeted by a parasite in the future. Also, remember those Terms and Conditions that almost nobody reads? You might want to go through them as well because you already infected your machine once. Don’t make the same mistake again. It’s highly recommended that you avoid unverified websites as the bundles they offer may be for free but they could turn out to be an enormous threat for your safety later on.
Why is this dangerous?
As all browser hijackers, Search.Accoona.com gets activated immediately and leaves you no doubts in its malicious nature. The parasite works as a devious add-on that gets installed without your permission. Having in mind that Search.Accoona.com is perfectly compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, why would you think you could escape the hijacker’s manipulations? You can’t. After this parasite infects you, it replaces both your default homepage and search engine with its own domain. And you’re not going to like what’s about to follow. The Search.Accoona.com virus starts redirecting you to the specific web sites that its developers want you to see in order to generate profit. How does that correspond to your search queries, you may ask? It does not. The hackers don’t seem to care what might happen to your machine or your privacy after you click some of the links Search.Accoona.com generates. That is why it’s an absolute must to avoid everything the hijacker brings to you; it’s simply not reliable enough to deserve your click. Another trickery Search.Accoona.com uses is its ability to scan your browsing-related data and send it to hackers so they could sell it to third parties. Your safety is not their concern, remember? If you could possibly feel comfortable knowing that your browsing history, email-addresses, usernames and passwords are currently into the greedy hands of crooks, that’s fine. If not, however, you have to take action. As if that wasn’t enough, due to the parasite’s presence, your overwhelmed browsers will be much slower than usual so browsing the Web will become more of a torture that a fun experience. The question here is why keep around such a problematic tool when you know perfectly well it’s a constant treat for you? If you want to regain control over your browsers and uninstall the sly Search.Accoona.com parasite, please follow the removal guide down below.
How to Remove Search.Accoona.com virus
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Search.Accoona.com infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.
The Search.Accoona.com adware is specifically designed to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.
STEP 1 : Uninstall Search.Accoona.com from your computer
Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command Window
navigate to HKCU\software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Modify the string with a value data and set it to google.com for example.
STEP 2 : Remove Search.Accoona.com homepage from Chrome, Firefox and IE
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the Search.Accoona.com by clicking on the little recycle bin
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
Open Mozilla Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable the unwanted Extension
- Go to Help
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Open Internet Explorer
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Click on Internet options
- go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset
- Restart Internet Explorer
How to Permanently Remove Search.Accoona.com Virus (automatic) Removal Guide
To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.