The Mozilla Firefox is taken over by Websearch.thesearchpage.info? You have no idea of the reason why the browser is hijacked suddenly? The unwanted web site shows up again and again whenever you want to go online? You can learn how to remove this browser hijacker from your computer here.
Websearch.thesearchpage.info is defined as a browser hijacker (also called browser redirect) that has bring a lot of annoying problem to innocent computer users from around the world. The hijacker becomes the homepage in the web browser suddenly. They are no longer allowed to change the homepage to any other web site and keep being redirected to some unnecessary web sites. They also have to receive many pop-up windows. Once you see the hijacker in your computer, please be careful, even though it looks like a common search engine. With this trustworthy appearance, the browser hijacker has successfully deceived many people.
Websearch.thesearchpage.info appears in one of your web browser at the beginning, but the rest will be infected if you do not immediately delete it. This infection can get into the computer when you visit a hacked web site or download an unknown “free” program. It is able to quickly spread to the world through social networks. Here is the brief introduction of this browser hijacker in your computer. First of all, it changes the browser’s default settings right after it enters your computer. By doing so, it can appear again and again whenever you open the browser. No matter what you do, you still fail to change the homepage back to your favorite one. Next, when you want to do some online searches through the browser, you will notice that you just can use the hijacker’s search bar instead of the famous Google. In addition, if you use it to start your online activities, you will be provided a lot of fake links and unsafe web sites rather than the actual results you want. If you are not careful, you will encounter some other viruses and malicious software on your computer that will result in more damages to the computer. So there is no doubt that you should take it out from the computer as soon as possible. Since the antivirus programs do not work in handling this hijacker, manual removal is the best way.
1. Websearch.thesearchpage.info 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.
As mentioned before, the Websearch.thesearchpage.info browser hijacker cannot be removed by most antivirus programs, you need to try manual removal so that it disappears 100% from the computer. To prevent any possible errors that can cause unpredictable losses due to wrong operations, you should take some time to do a backup beforehand. Then follow the steps below:
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.thesearchpage.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.thesearchpage.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.thesearchpage.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”
Websearch.thesearchpage.info is a specific Webpage looks similar to those famous search engines you used before. But actually, it is a browser hijacker which is able to modify all the browser settings once it gets in the computer successfully. In the beginning you may not notice that it is not a good thing because it looks like an ordinary search engine. When you use its search engine to do some online searches, tens of thousands of malicious web sites containing Trojan viruses and malware are waiting for your click on the search results. This browser hijacker is also able to collect your info and send back to its developers so that they can display some ads on your computer screen that you may be interested in. You should click on any of the pop-up windows in case that the computer may suffer from more infections. Hence, it is better to have the Websearch.thesearchpage.info removed to avoid unnecessary damages.
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 January 8, 2015 2:57 am