Did you encounter the following situations：Your homepage in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome is changed to Websearch.searc-hall.info and you cannot change it back to your favorite one no matter what you do? As long as you surf the Internet from this new homepage, you just keep being redirected to some unwanted web sites with a lot of pop-up windows and even pornography ads? Obviously, your computer is infected with a browser hijacker!
Websearch.searc-hall.info is classified as a browser hijacker. Similar to Websearch.SearchMania.info and Search3.infomash.org, it appears as a normal web site with a search engine bar in your browser that can provide a wealth of online resources for you. Many ordinary computer users cannot distinguish between a real search engine and this browser hijacker because it looks very common. Actually, it is created by the developers to promote ads and increase visiting volumes for the sponsors. It tries to collect valuable information from you so that it can send you some pop-up windows with the info you are just interested in. If your computer is infected with it, your personal info is not safe anymore!
According to its characteristics, Websearch.searc-hall.info will keep redirecting you to some other unwanted web sites and links if you continue to start all your online activities from its domain. The search results it shows to you are unreliable, most of which are even corrupted by computer hackers! There are many different kinds of viruses and malware hiding in those corrupted web sites and links. Once you open any of them, dangerous virus infections will have the chance to sneak into your computer system without asking for your permission. It is believed that the browser hijacker has the ability to change the default settings of the computer so as to stay in the computer safely. Do not allow the hijacker to leave in your computer too long! As mentioned above, it helps viruses to sneaks into your computer indirectly and gathers your valuable information. You should have it removed as soon as possible.
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.
Why is manual removal the most effective way to remove the Websearch.searc-hall.info browser hijacker? As we know, it is designed by the developers to gather valuable information and promote something, so it has the ability to bypass antivirus programs and stay in your computer for a long time. Reinstalling the browser is useless. With the correct manual removal process, you do not need to reinstall the whole system or format the hard drive completely. To process the following removal steps safely, advanced computer skill is necessary.
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.searc-hall.info
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.searc-hall.info’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.searc-hall.info 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”
It is really a hateful thing to have an unwanted homepage in the browser! Even if you have tried different methods to change the homepage back to your favorite but the Websearch.searc-hall.info just pops up again and again whenever you open the browser. Some people may think that all will be good by uninstalling the infected web browser. But the hijacker not only infects the browser, but also passes through the inner system files. In other words, it is still in your computer though you uninstall the browser. When you access to pornography sites, download unknown free programs and open spam email attachments, you probably can see it in your computer. Therefore, in order to keep away from it, we should be cautious when surfing online. Most importantly, you should get rid of Websearch.searc-hall.info as soon as possible.
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 December 9, 2014 8:32 am