Have you ever been harassed by this browser hijacker Websearch.searchfix.info? Do you have any idea of what it is and what it can do? Can it be removed easily? Why are the antivirus programs unable to take care of the removal?
Websearch.searchfix.info is an annoying browser hijacker. It is able to hijack your browser though you have an antivirus program installed in the computer. When the browser hijacker takes over your browser successfully, you may not notice that it is an unfriendly thing the first time you see it. Soon you will find everything is wrong when you start surfing the Internet and begin to realize that it is a kind of computer infection. It looks like a common search engine in your browser. But it has the ability to replace the original home page without asking for your permission, which those legitimate search engines won’t do. It is not safe to surf the Internet any more with the browser hijacker in the computer.
Do you know what the Websearch.searchfix.info can do to your computer? Here are some infection symptoms for you to realize the infection after it sneaks into your computer. First of all, it will become your new home page that looks like a normal website so as to make you let down your guard consciousness. Then you will go to search for some information online through this “search engine”. As a result, you will be redirected to some other places on the Internet that has many unreliable pop-up ads or even Trojan viruses and malicious software which are waiting for the chance to enter your computer. Those search results are considered to be used to promote ads by its developers and release viruses by the cyber criminals. Finally, except the browser hijacker infection, there are more viruses staying on your computer.
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.
In order to get rid of Websearch.searchfix.info, you can refer to the following manual removal steps. If you insist on removing the browser hijacker on your own, please consider backing up your system data and other important data in advance in order to avoid errors that can cause data loss, because the removal process needs certain computer tech skills.
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.searchfix.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.searchfix.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.searchfix.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”
These days, the browser hijacker problems have become very common and they can infect any computer which is connected to the Internet. This Websearch.searchfix.info is a newly released browser hijacker. We can see that many browser hijacker infections can be created every day with different names and appearances. That is why the antivirus programs can’t handle them. In addition, they are created with some evil purposes such as promoting annoying ads and collecting your useful information. They are designed to avoid the antivirus protection in your computer to stay in your computer as long as possible. Once you see Websearch.searchfix.info in your computer, you had better take acti0ns immediately to have it removed completely.
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 February 8, 2015 1:32 am