The searchalot toolbar virus is another bug thats come up recently in the search engines. Theres been a lot of noise about it hijacking peoples browsers.
Search A lot toobar is a PUP, which means a potentially unwanted program, in malware speak. We want to give you a brief explanation on how to get rid of this program.
Tr2 Villas security is here to provide you with the best virus, malware, security protection and help we can, at a moments notice, we believe the Searchalot.com toolbar is a problem for most people and it is uninstalled by the majority of users who end up having it on their computers.
Where did Searchalot Come from?
Searchalot is software that is installed via payperclick distribution. Malware authors pay to have their programs sent out to many users by adding it onto the software that users actually desire on their computers.
Most users don’t notice that when installing some software that they do want, other malware are added on with that right under their noses.
What does Searchalot Do?
Searchalot is a browser add on or extension that installs itself on the users computer, typically without their knowledge. You will wake up one day, turn on your computer and find out that all of the sudden your browser is showing you searchalot.com instead of your normal homepage.
This software will redirect your homepage to searchalot.com, that’s why its considered a browser hijacker. It will typically also inject browser advertising into internet explorer, chrome or firefox whichever browser you are using.
Get rid of it!
To get rid of this malware you first have to uninstall the program from the ctrl panel menu in windows.
For a brief explanation how to uninstall go here.
Then you need to reset your browser settings for each of your browsers because when you installed it you also allowed it to make changes to your default browser settings, which is how it gets you and redirects you to its advertisements.
To do this in Chrome, what we consider the most popular browser, you use the chrome menu button, go to settings, then manage search engines. From there you select google as the default search engine, instead of the A LOT search bar that is in there now.
Similarly do the same with internet explorer or firefox and there you have it! Free from Search A LOT!