I think my browser has been hijacked because Websearch.seekplaza.info keeps coming up as my homepage. I’ve tried to change it but every time I open chrome it appears again. I reset to the correct homepage a million times, but this WebSearch thing still hijacks it again. I have tried 4 different malware scans, still no luck. What else can i do to remove it?
Websearch.seekplaza.info is another fake website comes from WebSearch scam that aims at offering fraudulent search results and displaying many sponsored links or pop-up ads to interrupt user’s online activities. This webpage is related to a browser hijacker and it usually masquerades as a useful search provider to trick innocent users and hijacks their web browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Web browsers. Similarly to other browser hijackers, Websearch.seekplaza.info comes bundled with free programs that you downloaded from the Internet, including music players, PDF creators, etc. It also can add unwanted applications, browser helper objects (add-ons, extensions, toolbars), and third party programs to your system without your permission and knowledge.
Websearch.seekplaza.info hijacker can alter your default homepage and search engine, and redirect your search results to questionable Web pages containing sponsored advertisements as soon as it is installed. If you click on the ads, you will end up having infections in your system. Moreover, this hijacker even can collect information about your browsing activity (especially search queries) and send it to third parties, violating your privacy this way. It tracks your browsing history in order to generate various popups related to your recent searches and advertise more commercial websites. Thus, you will have a hard time surfing the web and your online activities will be disturbed by tons of pop-ups. It is worth mentioning that clicking on popups related to Websearch.seekplaza.info hijacker may lead to being redirected to compromised websites or even downloading other potentially unwanted programs without your knowledge. Therefore, it is suggested users get rid of it as soon as it is found.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like Websearch.seekplaza.info may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
Websearch.seekplaza.info hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Websearch.seekplaza.info redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Websearch.seekplaza.info hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
If your start page was replaced with Websearch.seekplaza.info, then your browser must have been hijacked by browser hijacker virus or you may download potentially unwanted programs accidentally. The page is not a threatening website, but it might be utilized to profit from unsuspecting PC users and perform many annoying activities. It changes your homepage and default search engine to its fake WebSearch page without your permission but never offers you any reliable search results. Also it can display numerous annoying ads when you browse online and redirect your web browser to other questionable pages again and again. A search hijacker can hide its presence by injecting running processes and system registry, which make the removal process particularly complicated. Therefore, it is recommended users follow the above manual removal guide to delete Websearch.seekplaza.info virus permanently.
Note: If you are not a computer expert and have no idea how to perform the removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on May 3, 2015 1:28 am