Internet Explorer Default Home page, Search page have been hijacked and redirected .. How to fix this?

Internet Explorer Default Home page, Search page have been hijacked and redirected .. How to fix this?



(1) Go to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features and uninstall the any utility related to the hijacked and redirected URL. 

(Note:Sometimes these programs will be locked themselves. In that case, 
user advance uninstaller like http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html


Then open your browser and go to tools---->manage addons----> In toolbars and extensions remove/disable anything related to the hijacked and redirected URL.

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(2)Download hitman pro 3.7 (shareware and can be activated for 30 days free)and have a full system scan..http://www.surfright.nl/en

And/or 
Use adwcleaner (freeware) and and have scan ..http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/dl/125/ )

And/or

Use malwarebyte (free version) have a full system scan http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/

And/or 
Use TDSS Killer(freeware)  and have a full system scan..http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-tdss-tdl3-alureon-rootkit-using-tdsskiller
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(3) *Sometimes* you may have to remove malware URL from Internet Explorer properties
Go to the shortcut properties and delete the unwanted url  in this manner..

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Note:
This step would be needed, if you wish to stay with the default Home Page/Search settings of Internet Explorer

(4)To revert the search and home page settings back to ie default values, you need to modify the following registry keys.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

"Default_Search_URL"="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896"
"Default_Page_URL"="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=255141"
"Start Page"="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=255141"
"Search Page"="http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896"


Or simply you can add this to registry after cleaning and it will recover your browser settings and  homepage
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cr2vjpske37kj4v/defaulthomeandsearch_2.reg
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That's it.. you are done
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Note:

For rare cases, after proper removal of addon/software/running malware scanners if remnants presents you may have to reset Internet settings
For more information regarding resetting ie click here

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How these search setting are changed?  
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