Veba Search has been reported as a dubious search engine and browser attachment in the browser hijacker category of computer threats. The Veba Search virus (although not technically a computer virus) is known to corrupt and control internet browser settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. In turn, browser add-ons and extensions, as well as Windows programs used to promote the website will cause affected internet browsers to redirect to vebasearch.com.
Veba Search.com manipulates potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), such as standalone browser helper objects (BHOs), browser add-ons, and browser extensions, as well as third-party attachments in order to utilize preset permissions allowing them to access and change a user’s existing internet browser settings. Changes made to affected internet browsers include the homepage, browser bookmark, internal search engine, and other settings. The Veba Search virus will eventually cause internet browser to redirect to vebasearch.com when users open a new browser window, open a new browser tab, or search the web using the affected browser’s address bar.
Malware analyst have also concluded that browser hijackers and PUPs associated with the Veba Search website and programs used to promote it may act as a standalone advertising platform or bundle with third-party items, including additional third-party adware that accesses a user’s browsing activities and history in order to serve user-targeted advertisements based off their collected data consisting of browsing habits.
The most apparent symptoms of the Veba Search virus are unwanted browser start-ups and redirects to vebasearch.com, sponsored search results, and advertisements that appear while users browse the web. However, this program may bundle with additional items that provide different risks and will also need to be removed to stop all unwanted activities and threats.
HOW TO REMOVE VEBA SEARCH
This Veba Search removal guide will help you remove Veba Search virus in order to stop browser redirects to vebasearch.com and pop-up advertisements on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
STEP 1: SCAN YOUR COMPUTER FOR MALWARE
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. *Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.
4. Once the Malwarebytes program has been open, if a scan has not initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to initiate a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.
5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to remove the files.
6. You may also chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer prove a threat.
STEP 2: CLEAN UP AND REPAIR SETTINGS
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings, system startup up settings, and uninstall unwanted software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and 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. You may find items such as Bit Toolbar installed that will need to be deleted.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted software, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
STEP 3: UNINSTALL VEBA SEARCH
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to access the Windows 8 Start Menu).
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Veba Search and other potentially unwanted software. Once the program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. Continue to uninstall any programs that this item may have bundled with.
STEP 4: REMOVE VEBA SEARCH BROWSER ATTACHMENTS
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Veba Search extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Veba Search add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Veba Search add-on, click on it, and click the Remove button.
STEP 5: REMOVE VEBASEARCH.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 Veba Search 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 Veba Search 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 the Veba Search search engine to remove it.
STEP 6: REMOVE VEBASEARCH.COM HOMEPAGE
- In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove vebasearch.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 vebasearch.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 vebasearch.com and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.