After you download a program, Istart.webssearches.com overflows your web browser? You try to uninstall it from the Control Panel, but it is still there? Even reinstalling the web browser cannot solve the problem? You may not know what to do to then. Don’t be dispirited. You can read this post.
Istart.webssearches.com is a typical browser hijacker which changes the original browser homepage as well as search engine forcedly to its own domain. Because it looks similar to those conventional search sites such as Google and Yahoo, most computer users may mistakenly think it is a formal search provider. It is able to take advantage of every opportunity to achieve its unclean purposes. Once it gets into the computer, it will reset your browser settings, therefore, it can be free to add in a lot of extensions and useless plug-ins. Since it controls the browser completely, it has the authority to prevent your normal search results without reason and show you some sites containing various ads. Even if you enter a correct site address or search keyword, the cunning hijacker still can shield the corresponding search results.
Except that you cannot browse your favorite websites, Istart.webssearches.com will bring many potential security risks. Those search results and ads it provides may contain dangerous things including malware and Trojan viruses. They have the ability to enter the computer freely without permission from you and then modify security settings to make your protection tools ineffective so that the protection tools cannot detect security threats correctly and timely. In this case, many malicious things occupy system resources in the background to slow down and destroy the computer. You may not pay attention to these infections until you notice that the computer becomes weird and bizarre. Therefore, the best way to save your computer system is to remove the hijacker promptly.
1. It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely.
2. It may also install plug-ins, extensions and toolbars in the browser so as to record your search history as well as cookies.
3. You need to wait for a long time when visiting websites because the browser always gets stuck and is slow in reaction.
4. This annoying redirect may also result in unstable Internet connection and system freezes frequently.
5. You are forced to receive many advertisement windows when the computer is connected to the Internet.
Istart.webssearches.com browser hijacker has the ability to change the default browser settings and redirect you to random sites (usually sites playing unreliable advertisements or even containing virulent Trojan viruses, spyware and other infections). You may have noticed that most browser hijackers won’t be detected by antivirus programs. The same goes to this one. Its considerable visitor volume benefits numerous product manufacturers, freeware developers and website promoters, thus, they are willing to maintain long-term relationship with it. Actually, the main reason for the failure detection of antivirus programs is its successful disguise. Through making use of advanced technology, it maintains the ability to combine its components with system files or to generate fake system files, which confuses computer users as well as antivirus programs. They cannot identify it accurately and timely, let alone remove it thoroughly. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice to drive it away from your computer. In this case, you are advised to delete every file generated by it manually so as to spare all later trouble. The manual removal needs to be handled carefully so as to avoid any subsequent damages. Users can follow the manual guide here to have the hijacker removed instantly.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(3). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of Istart.webssearches.com
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end Istart.webssearches.com’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to Istart.webssearches.com through Registry Editor
Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
Istart.webssearches.com is a rampant redirect. Once it occupies your web browser, it modifies the original settings of the browser. As its appearance looks like an ordinary search engine, most computer users do not pay sufficient attention to the fact that the search results are redirected to random pages. It also provides a great deal of uninterrupted pop-up ads on your computer, most of which are promoting all kinds of goods in order to make a profit. Because the browser settings are modified, a lot of useless plug-ins will be added to the browser without permission. In this case, the browser’s performance will be slowed down seriously. In addition, the hijacker may provide random links which are likely to be corrupted by cyber criminals. Once you click on them, numerous viruses or malicious software will be installed on the computer system. In short, you had better remove Istart.webssearches.com without hesitation.
The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.
Published by & last updated on March 28, 2014 11:44 am