Your home page in the web browser is changed to an unknown site called Websearch.homesearchapp.info? It may seem like a real search engine for you. But you should know that it is actually a browser hijacker. You cannot change the home page back and get the search results you want because the hijacker? You need to remove it from your computer as soon as possible.
Websearch.homesearchapp.info is classified as a hateful browser hijacker that is able to target computer users from all over the world. A browser hijacker is a rascal. It is mostly in the form of a web site and has the ability to change your home page as well as search engine. Your search results are all redirected without your approval. You may easily be tricked by it because it shows as a normal or legal search engine in your browser. But different from other famous search engines which provide you with real online resources, it leads you to web sites with ads or even malicious viruses. In the end, you will suffer great losses.
Where did you get the Websearch.homesearchapp.info? Having access to a phishing website, opening a junk email attachment or downloading a “free” application will lead to the infection. Once infected, your computer can still work normally. But be careful! If you can’t remove the browser hijacker from your computer timely, you do not have a safe online environment. Although it shows only in your browser, it will still be able to infect other functions of your computer. If you continue your online activities, this false search engine will let you get a lot of annoying pop-ups. Furthermore, all of your search results are not true. There are a lot of viruses hiding in those results that can be automatically downloaded to your computer without permission. In order to protect your privacy and the computer, it is best to remove it in time.
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.
Because your antivirus software can’t handle this Websearch.homesearchapp.info browser hijacker, you will need to manually remove it through these steps given as below. And to avoid data loss caused by any kind of error during the removal process, please take some time to do a backup before you begin:
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.homesearchapp.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.homesearchapp.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.homesearchapp.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
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
Websearch.homesearchapp.info is an aggressive browser hijacker that takes over your browser and stops you from going online normally. Though antivirus products are not able to detect it, computer users can still validate if the computer has been infected easily. Once it is installed, it changes your browser’s default search engine and home page. Then you begin to find that you are always redirected to some unknown web sites and the search results you get from this fake search engine are different from those you get from Google. Please note that the browser hijacker is cluttering your computer and if you do not completely eliminate it, the risk of system failure increases. You can continue to receive system errors and a lot of pop-up ad windows when you work on your computer. Sometimes, you can’t close those unwanted pop-up windows at all. Therefore, you should get rid of Websearch.homesearchapp.info without hesitation.
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 March 6, 2015 2:06 am