I’ve recently downloaded some font styles from the Internet and found out some programs – I don’t remember installing them. And then whenever I open IE, a new tab always appears itself which is called WebsSearches.com. After that, I removed the suspicious extensions and uninstalled the unwanted programs. Also I’ve tried scanning and repairing and cleaning my PC a thousand times with different programs that claim to help remove WebsSearches.com redirect. But unfortunately this page still keeps reappearing. How do I get rid of this redirect thing completely?
WebsSearches.com is closely connected to browser hijacker malware and adware designed to boost advertising revenue and corrupt user’s browser. It may turn out to be a clear sign that your browser has been hijacked because you will notice that your homepage and your default search engine are replaced to be WebsSearches.com against your will. According to recent complaints from many computer users, this hijacker always comes without their knowledge and approval and it can appear automatically every time they load up the browser. Actually both adware and browser hijacker can be installed together with various freeware, for example, video or music players from the Internet and users are able to see it if they carefully follow installation steps of those free programs they are downloading from the Internet. However, they always forget to deselect some important options during the installation so that it lets this hijacker inside the computer.
Once inside it replaces your start page and default search provider immediately. Additionally, it shows various unwanted symptoms such as redirecting your browser to other pages constantly, displaying crazy and annoying pop-up windows, adding unwanted wanted toolbars to interrupt your browsing activities. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the main targets of this WebsSearches.com hijacker. Most users have no knowledge about the installation of a browser hijacker because antivirus program cannot pick it up timely, and they may not consider it as a virus. However, it is still risky if the browser is already hijacked because WebsSearches.com may track user’s web browsing habits, record addresses of visited sites and then send those collected data to a remote server. No one wants their browsing activities are interrupted or data being stolen, therefore it is suggested users to get rid of WebsSearches.com redirect manually as soon as it is detected.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
WebsSearches.com hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
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.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
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 WebsSearches.com redirect 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.
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 related to WebsSearches.com hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings “ProxyEnable” = “1″
WebsSearches.com is a browser hijacker that attacks Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers without users’ knowledge. This website masquerades itself as a legal search engine and appears every time you open the browsers. It aims at blocking computer users from normal web browsing and changes the HOSTS file as well as other settings on your computer without your knowledge so that your infected computer will become more vulnerable to further infections. In addition, it can display lots of unwanted pop ups and misleading information to confuse and mislead users to download or install certain malware or spyware. In a word, a browser hijacker can cause not only constant troubles on browsers, but also potential cyber frauds, thus a manual removal is needed immediately to avoid any damages on the computer.
Published by & last updated on December 4, 2013 7:43 pm