I downloaded music from a website and next thing I know i had this Websearch thing in place of my Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Whenever I go online, Websearch.webisgreat.info appears as my homepage and takes over my browser. I can’t get rid of it and get Google back. I’ve tried to manually remove it and I’m lost. I tried to download Avast and other software to scan the computer, but all of them say nothing in my computer is corrupted. Please help! I’ve spent literally all day trying to remove this but no luck. Any help to remove this redirect thing will be highly appreciated.
Websearch.webisgreat.info is a website associated with adware, browser hijacker or PUP (as known as Potentially Unwanted Program) which can take over your browser as soon as it is installed. It can change your default homepage and appear each time your start your web browser no matter you are using IE, Firefox or Chrome. In addition, it could add lots of irritating things like ad applications or toolbar to the internet browsers, making your browser crash or freeze all the time. This is just one sample of the multiple domains comprising the infamous “Web Search” scam. This page is a questionable search provider designed to redirect web users and show them spam search results. Once detect, you should have this search engine hijacker removed immediately.
Usually, a browser hijacker can get into the PC using several tricky ways without your knowledge or permission. It is capable of escaping from security tool and then hides itself in the root of the system. But it is easy to know whether your computer is attacked by a hijacker virus. While Websearch virus is functioning, it can carry out a lot of harmful actions to interrupt users’ browsing activities. At the first beginning, it modifies the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. It also prevents you from changing them back. And then whenever you want to visit a certain page, it may redirect you to websites you don’t actually want to visit. Usually you will be redirected to adult, sales-focused web pages that can compromise your internet security and privacy even more. When you surf the web, you may receive annoying ads that you are not able to close nor minimize. Hackers use this way by forcing you to visit Websearch.webisgreat.info and see related advertisements again and again, so they can get affiliated money. A search hijacker can hide its presence by injecting running processes and system registry, making the removal process particularly complicated. Therefore, we suggest user follow the manual instruction below to get rid of this annoying browser hijacker step by step.
Note: This website displays various advertisements to lure users to click on it. It may inform users that they are missing plugin to play video or telling that you are the winner of the day in you area and you need to fill out certain “sponsor offers” in order to claim you “free gift” or something like that. However, don’t click on any of the advertisements shown on Websearch.webisgreat.info. Otherwise you will open a backdoor to let other viruses invade your computer to ruin your system.
If you open your browser window (includes IE, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome etc.) and notice immediately that your home page has been changed to a page you do not recognize, then your browser may have been hijacked by a virus. For this type of hijack virus, it can change your homepage to Websearch.webisgreat.info without your permission. Other malicious activities can be shown on your computer after hijacked are listed below:
1. It can not only change your web pages, but also alter other settings to add toolbars, pop-up advertisements, and bookmarks that you did not create.
2. It can modify the homepage settings of your web browser, more commonly by reducing your internet security options. And the worse thing is it prevents you from changing them back.
3. New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don’t want.
4. It may block you from visiting certain website you’d like to visit and show an error page instead.
5. It will display constant pop-up ads, sometimes in such large amounts that you are not able to close neither the ads nor the browser.
Websearch.webisgreat.info 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. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu 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”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Websearch.webisgreat.info hijacker is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, 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 to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
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 Websearch.webisgreat.info Pop-up manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Websearch.webisgreat.info redirect is able to change the default homepage as well as browser settings, and redirect you to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan viruses, spyware or other infections. It influences almost all browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Generally speaking, the only goal of such virus is to use the artificial traffic to boost affiliate payments. Hackers who create this irritating hijack virus could monitor your browsing behaviour or make you give up personal information for bogus services, details which then they exchange on the online black market. It has no beneficial purposes and shouldn’t remain on your computer. Get rid of it as quickly as you can in order to keep your computer safe and secure.
Published by & last updated on February 6, 2014 5:20 am