What is Frameseek (Frameseek.com)?
Frameseek, also referred to as the Frameseek virus or Frameseek redirect, is a new potentially unwanted program (PUP) we discovered, categorized as potential malware, in particular a browser hijacker that may change existing internet browser settings without consent or entrap victims to unethical terms, causing a series of issues. The frameseek virus has been reported by our readers to infect computer systems without consent and cause internet browsers to start up on frameseek.com and redirect to frameseek.com while internet users attempt to search the web using the browser’s address bar. F Furthermore Frameseek (http://www.frameseek.com) may utilize browser attachments, including third-party add-ons, extensions, and toolbars, which in turn cause the initial issues concerning Frameseek malware or a standalone browser attachment likely titled Frameseek Toolbar or Frameseek Community Toolbar.
Our readers first reported redirections to the frameseek.com search engine, and though the actual domain http://frameseek.com does not contain malicious links, Frameseek practices unethical marketing techniques, is known to be especially invasive and may collect sensitive data, and also may entrap victims to unethical terms. Frameseek.com participates in unethical practices in order to generate income via CPC programs.
If your internet browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer is redirecting to
frameseek.com, http://frameseek.com/44034/, http://frameseek.com/search.asp, and other unwanted websites remvoe Frameseek malware, using our free Frameseek removal instructions detailed below.
Is Frameseek.com safe?
Frameseek.com is not safe for reasons concerning the invasion of privacy and entrapment. Furthermore Frameseek may generate revenue via CPC programs based off the misfortunes of internet users who redirect to frameseek.com without authorization.
The Frameseek virus may change internet browser settings including homepages, default search engines, and browser shortcuts, causing browsers to target and start up on framseek.com and redirect to frameseek webpages. The image below is an example of the “Frame Seek” search results page.
Frameseek.com also attempts to appear like Google search. This may be considered as social engineering, in attempt to appear as a legitimate search engine.
Frameseek may install without consent as a standalone browser hijacker (attachment) possibly titled Frameseek Toolbar, Frame Seek Toolbar, or Frameseek Community Toolbar, or Frameseek may bundle with third-party products. It has been reported that removing third-party software, add-ons, extensions, and toolbars has caused internet browsers to stop redirecting to frameseek.com.
How to remove the Frameseek virus (Hijack)
- Automatic Frameseek Removal Instructions – Frameseek Malware removal software, Cleaner
- Manual Frameseek Removal Instructions – Manually remove Frameseek search and third-party malware
1. How to automatically remove Frameseek and third-party malware
Use the instructions below to automatically remove the Frameseek virus and third-party malware, as well as repair internet browser settings. The instructions include free and paid software.
CCleaner by Piriform
CCleaner can be used to repair internet browser settings and uninstall stubborn software. In other words, CCleaner can automatically stop your browser from redirecting to frameseek.com and other websites. CCleaner can also be used to repair and troubleshoot browser start up settings and can automatically uninstall Frameseek software if needed.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform and run the program.
2. Navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. If needed, to automatically uninstall Frameseek or other software that won’t uninstall normally, navigate to the Uninstall tab and uninstall select the unwanted software.
In some cases, Malwarebytes will not remove potentially unwanted programs such as the Frameseek virus.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, please do so.
3. Open the first tab labeled “Scanner” and select the Perform full scan option. Click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect and remove malware infecting your computer system.
4. Once the full system scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a message stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected).
2. How to manually remove Frameseek and third-party malware
The instructions below can be used to manually remove Frameseek and related software using generic procedures.
Windows Uninstaller – Control Panel
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program (depending on your version of Windows).
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Frameseek and other suspicious software, including third party programs and uninstall them by double clicking the program’s icon, or highlight the program in the list and click the Uninstall button/tab.
Remove Frameseek Toolbar & Third-Party Attachments
Frameseek install as a standalone add-on or extension, alongside third-party browser attachments, or bundled inside a third-party browser attachment. Removing third-party attachments often removes symptoms associated with the Frameseek redirect virus.
It is suggested to Uninstall any unwanted programs and browser helper objects using Window’s Uninstaller or CCleaner prior to removing the browser attachment.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for Frameseek and any suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for Frameseek and any suspicious addons and remove them if located.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions (or type chrome://chrome/extensions/ into the address bar).
2. Search for the Frameseek extension suspicious extensions and remove them by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
How to remove Frameseek.com from your home page
- In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove Frameseek.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
- In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove Frameseek.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
- In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove Frameseek.com and replace it with your preferred URL.
How to remove the Frameseek.com search engine
- In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove the Frameseek.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
- In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove the Frameseek.com search engine from the list.
- In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to Frameseek.com to remove it as your search engine. If Frameseek.com is set as Google Chrome’s default search engine, add (or select) a new search engine (such as Google.com) and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove Frameseek.com by clicking the X next to it (pictured below).
Frameseek.com may alter browser shortcuts on Windows operating systems.
1. Right click on a browser shortcut and select Properties.
2. On the shortcut tab, remove http://frameseek.com from the the target field and click OK. If your shortcut is pinned to the taskbar you have to unpin it first, then correct the shortcut in the start menu, and re-pin it to the task bar.