The browser is messed up by Websearch.com completely? You favorite site do not stay as the default homepage in the browser? You get many pop-up windows when you access the Internet? How to stop the annoying redirect? How to block these random pop-up windows?
Websearch.com is called browser hijacker or redirect which usually penetrates into the computer via some unsafe free programs. After the successful infiltration, this browser hijacker modifies browser settings to replace the default search engine as well as homepage. Generally, computer users will install this unwanted thing unintentionally if they download free programs from unsafe sources. Today, most of the free program download sites use a download client management process for free downloads. Many free programs are bundled with this kind of unnecessary browser toolbars or hijackers like Websearch.com to promote ads.
Websearch.com cause annoying redirect problems, record computer user’s browsing activities, and tracks user’s Internet protocol address (IP) as well as search key words, which may lead to identity theft. It will promote its toolbar via some obscure methods such as hiding the Agree button and setting the option “agree the installation” to be acquiescent. Although the search results provided by Websearch.com appear to be legitimate, you will be redirected suddenly to other malicious web sites at any time. It has no value to computer users as it is to enhance the use of unreliable advertisement promotions. There are some other similar domains including Hot-finder.com and Websearch.fastosearch.info. In order to avoid installing browser hijacker into the computer, you need to pay attention when you install free programs. You should select “custom” or “advanced” installation option so that you can unmark the box of installing the redirect together instead of “fast” or “typical” option. If your web browser redirects you to Websearch.com suddenly, you should have it removed as soon as possible.
1. Websearch.com 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.
Websearch.com is a browser hijacker. When it is activated, it will take over the web browser(s) in the computer completely and result in many annoying issues. The three most common web browsers – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the major target of the hijacker. First of all, you will not be able to access your original homepage which is replaced by it. In most cases, browser hijackers are shown to provide false search results. When you are online, you may also meet many special annoying pop-up windows that can help other potentially dangerous cyber threats get into the fragile computer. Is there an antivirus program that can stop Websearch.com? The answer is negative. Antivirus cannot detect it by security scanning. A complete removal of this hateful thing is manual removal.
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 Websearch.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 Websearch.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 Websearch.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
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
Browser hijackers (also known as redirects) are able to cause many problems. They usually attach to the browser without permission and present as a search engine, toolbar or extensions. Basically, the affected the browser will have many redirect problems. Websearch.com can be installed in the browser without permission by bundling malicious free software downloaded by computer users from unidentified online sources. Then it can generate many pop-ups to interrupt users’ online activities. You valuable data may benefit the network criminals. You need to manually remove Websearch.com so that you can use the computer safely.
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 June 1, 2014 5:29 am