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CoolWebSearch Spyware Removal
CoolWebSearch is one of the most common spyware infections found on computers today. It can cause a number of problems such as changing your web browsers homepage to coolwebsearch.com as well as to other websites. It mostly used to affect Internet Explorer but can also affect Firefox as well as other browsers. It has been known to create pop-ups that redirect you to other websites as well as collect private information about you and or course slow your computer down.
CoolWebSearch is more than just one type of spyware infection. It is associated with a wide variety of different browser hijackers. CoolWebSearch will also install bookmarks in your browser and on your desktop that can point to porn and other websites. CoolWebSearch does a very good job of evading detection and removal by anti-spyware programs. Certain versions attempt to edit your browsers list of trusted sites and modify security settings in an attempt to hide from removal programs. Most of the time when CoolWebSearch gets on your computer you won't even know it until it's too late.
CoolWebSearch is known by many names including:
- Cool Web Search
Removal can be extremely complicated, and the removal method will vary depending on what version you have on your computer. Its best to find an anti-spyware program to remove CoolWebSearch rather than trying to do it manually.
The best tool to use for CoolWebSearch removal is CWShredder by Trend Micro. Before running CWShredder you should do some cleaning with other programs such as Spybot, AdAware and Malwarebytes'. You can also try the Norton Power Eraser as an extra step to help clean your system. It's a good idea to run these programs in Safe Mode for best results.
CWshredder can be downloaded here for free.
Once you download and run CWshredder you will have an option to scan only or to fix. Choose fix if you want CWshredder to automatically fix anything it finds.
Then it will scan your system and show you the scan and fix results if it found anything.
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