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May 13, 2013

Websearch.brandthunder.com Redirect Removal

Getting any virus on your computer is a major problem but one of the nastiest is the search engine redirect virus. Websearch.brandthunder.com redirect is one of the nasty search engine redirect viruses that hijacks all your browsers and interrupts your browsing activity. Why your browser keeps redirecting you to Websearch.brandthunder.com without your permission?

Does Your Browser Redirect You to Websearch.brandthunder.com? How to Fix?

Websearch.brandthunder.com (also called Websearch+ virus) is a browser hijacker virus that annoys user while browsing the internet. It may get into the system by clicking malicious code or distribute unsafe advertising pop-ups, visiting pornographic website or downloading attachment from spam emails and then attacks browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. This dangerous threat blocks you from browsing the web pages while you are trying to surf on your Internet browser.

Generally speaking, this hijacker can alter the search page and redirect the user to its own page. When you are surfing the Internet, things occurred like Google search result redirecting to another site, and this virus will then redirect the requests of your web page to some fake web sites such as Websearch.brandthunder.com. From that time, you will be shown a bogus search engine called Websearch+ which is a phony search engine designed to redirect web users and show them spam search results. This threat is rather annoying and you will find that when you do a search in Google or even Bing, the results page is not what you were expecting. The virus will redirect your search query to another malicious webpage. Therefore, don’t hesitate to remove Websearch.brandthunder.com virus once upon detection.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Websearch.brandthunder.com Redirect/ Fake Websearch+ Search Engine ScreenShot:

Websearch.brandthunder

Infected Symptoms:

1. It can redirect you to malicious websites with numerous pop up ads to interrupt and stop you from doing anything on your computer;
2. It can turn your computer to run slowly and pose sudden death;
3. It can introduce more unwanted viruses and ransomware to do further harms;
4. It can help cyber criminals track your online activities and capture significant personal data to cause you a loss of value.
5. It can change your default DNS configuration and block you accessing your favorite sites.
6. It forcibly customizes the default homepage, search engine and bookmarks of your computer.

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

Considering Websearch.brandthunder.com redirect can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.

1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.

Since tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users to delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

Mozilla Firefox:

Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once Websearch.brandthunder.com is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent, slowing down the computer. If your system’s CPU spike is constant, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.

(The name of the virus process can be random.)

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc at the same time and it will open up task manager directly. Then change to “Processes” tab.

task manager

3. Show hidden files and folders.

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

4. Remove all the malicious files manually.

%AppData%Local[random].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\*.*
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[RANDOM]”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[RANDOM].exe”

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Websearch.brandthunder.com redirect is a type of online fraud. Scammers use malicious software to take control of your computer’s Internet browser and change how and what it displays when you’re surfing the web. If your computer is infected, you will detect abnormal things happen on your PC such as: 1. Home page or other settings are changed on your computer. 2. You can’t navigate to certain web pages, such as antispyware and other security software sites. 3. A seemingly endless barrage of ads pops up on your screen. 4. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want. 5. Your computer runs sluggishly. As mentioned above, we can understand how dangerous if one leave a redirect virus in his or her computer. Websearch.brandthunder.com browser redirect virus must be removed immediately.

If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on May 13, 2013 12:48 am

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