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Jun 7, 2013

Remove Websearch.pu-result.info Redirect

Websearch.pu-result.info redirect is a common issue that annoys computer users recently. Is your browser being redirected to Websearch.pu-result.info? Why your homepage is changed without your permission? Cannot get rid of this browser hijacker from IE, Firefox and Google Chrome? Follow the manual guide here to find an effective way to get rid of this browser redirect virus now.

Does Your Browser Keep Redirecting You to Websearch.pu-result.info? How to Fix?

The Websearch.pu-result.info redirect issue has become very common these days. This nasty hijacker starts with modifying the browser settings and redirecting search results to irrelevant webpage. It mainly attacks Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or other browsers and interrupts users’ browsing activities. Once installed, it modifies browser settings and replaces default homepage and search engine with Websearch.pu-result.info site which belongs to a spam search engine. If you use this search engine to search information you want, it is able to track your browser history and collect personal and confidential information which can be used by its creator for marketing purpose.

If you accidentally access to some bad webpages or click on unknown links released by hackers, open spam email attachments and install unsafe freeware, Websearch.pu-result.info redirect will take the chance to get into your computer without your permission. Most of time, you will see tons of advertisements provided among all the search results after clicking the Search button. There are also many advertisement windows popping up constantly when you are working on the computer with Internet connection, which definitely will lower your work efficiency. Not only this, it is able to download and install  additional adware and malware to make your system more vulnerable to virus attack. The computer also performs slowly and weirdly. It takes a much longer time for a program to respond. The cyber criminals may make use of the redirect to intrude the computer to monitor your online behaviours. The information including what websites you go to and what words you type in will be acquired by them for profitable use. Thus, it is highly recommended to remove this redirect as early as possible.

Since this redirect is so tricky that no antivirus program can detect its existence in the computer. Many computer users feel frustrated because the antivirus program does not help and they cannot find it in the list of Uninstall a program of the Control Panel. Please review the following manual removal guide which shall be processed cautiously since incorrect operation will damage the computer seriously.

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.

Screen Shot of This Redirect:

Websearch.pu-result.info Redirect

 

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.

Why Antivirus cannot catch Websearch.pu-result.info redirect timely?

It is said that you can easily get infected with this redirect virus when you visit illegal websites, download porno movies and other unidentified programs and open spam emails. You may still do these above activities even if you are aware of their dangers because you think your legitimate antivirus software can take care of the threats. But as a matter of fact, the creators of this browser redirect virus are so familiar with the functions of antivirus tools that they can make it escape from the detection and removal of any virus protectors. Thus, it is suggested users to follow the manual guide to delete this redirect.

Manual Removal Guides:

Considering this 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.pu-result.info 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:

In summary, Websearch.pu-result.info is a notorious redirect that disguises as a professional search engine to cheat users. Users cannot get useful information from this fake search engin. Every time you click Search on its website, you are redirected to some weird websites containing unreliable advertisements and even some dangerous viruses. Besides, your default homepage and search engine are changed without allowing you to change back to your favourite. The cyber criminals may be recording your online traces when you are using the computer but you know nothing. Therefore, you shall have it removed as quickly as possible.

Special Tips: 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 June 7, 2013 7:34 am

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