Google Chrome browser has been occupied by the Websearch.look-for-it.info web page? Not only you home page in the browser has been changed, but also you cannot use the browser properly? In general, this is called a browser hijack or redirect problem. This strange web page is actually a browser hijacker that you should immediately get rid of.
Websearch.look-for-it.info is a web site that shows up in the form of a search engine which seems to be able to provide rich online contents. But it is actually known as a browser hijacker or a browser redirect. How can we distinguish browser hijackers from legitimate web sites?
First of all, a real web site does not automatically change your browser home page without asking for your permission but a browser hijacker does. When the browser is infected with this browser hijacker we mainly talk about in this post, your original home page is replaced by its domain and you can’t make any change. Secondly, you are able to log onto FaceBook, Twitter and other famous sites from a real search engine while you are unable to go anywhere with the fake search bar provided by the hijacker because you are always redirected to those websites it promotes. Similar to Websearch.searcholic.info and Websearch.searchfix.info, Websearch.look-for-it.info looks no difference than other legitimate web sites. However, when you see it in your computer, you should try your best to remove it if you want to enjoy a safe computer system.
1. Websearch.look-for-it.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.
In addition to change your home page and redirect your online activities, Websearch.look-for-it.info can also help its developers to collect valuable information from the computer users. If you don’t remove it as soon as possible, it will make your computer system become more vulnerable. However, the removal needs expertise. In order to ensure that everything in the infected computer can be safe during the removal process, we recommend that you do a backup of your system before making changes to the system. And then follow the steps below to get rid of the hijacker:
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.look-for-it.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.look-for-it.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.look-for-it.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
Where do you get the Websearch.look-for-it.info browser hijacker? It won’t target your computer without reasons. The infection is obviously due to some improper online activities. It is widely released by the developers on the Internet. Generally speaking, it is usually placed in some phishing websites, unknown “free” programs and spam email attachments. When you accidentally touch those corrupted online resources, it will be able to slipp into your computer system without permission. You may not know your computer is infected until you see it when you start up the browser. And then you will suffer from annoying redirection problems constantly. Even though Websearch.look-for-it.info looks like a normal search engine, you cannot trust it and should take measures to remove it 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 February 9, 2015 8:30 am