My web browser has been hijacked by Websearch.searchingissme.info virus and I need help removing it now. I tried to run Norton scan and it didn’t detect the virus. I’ve seen a few guides on the Internet to remove this virus, but all of them didn’t work. I tried to do a system restore but for some reasons, my computer said I have no restore points so I can’t just roll back everything, unfortunately. I would really appreciate it if anyone can tell me how to get rid of the virus for good. Thanks in advance.
Websearch.searchingissme.info is one of the spam search engines that associated with browser hijacker, adware or potentially unwanted programs. It modifies browser settings and hijacks most of popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome without any permission. It’s extremely malicious and intrusive, not to mention damaging and annoying. The hijacker is specifically developed for marketing purposes, especially for increasing page rank for the affiliate websites. Although it seems like a regular search page, it won’t really provide reliable search results for computer users. Instead, this spam search engine only presents you with sponsored links and even makes you visit suspicious or corrupted websites again and again in order to introduce more and more infections to ruin your system. This hijacker seeks to advertise sponsored website and its advertising is not honest, if you find your default homepage or search engine is changed to Websearch.searchingissme.info without your permission, you should immediately get rid of it from your computer.
Websearch.searchingissme.info hijacker also can display adware’s most obnoxious trait. Every time you attempt to use your browser, you’ll be flooded with unreliable pop-ups, whose primary objective is to trick you into clicking on them. That’s because every time you click on them, you generate pay-per-click revenue for the third parties behind the tool. In addition, this hijacker can add WebSearch toolbar or other malicious extensions to your browser, slowing down your Internet speed and trying to link you to the third parties websites frequently. Every time you go online, you will be redirected to website you don’t want randomly and your online activities will be interrupted terribly. In a word, Websearch.searchingissme.info is not a legitimate search provider. It is a potential threat for your computer security as it is capable of using cookies to collect user’s online activities or personal information for unethical marketing. Therefore, it is advised users remove Websearch.searchingissme.info hijacker as soon as possible.
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.searchingissme.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.searchingissme.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.searchingissme.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.searchingissme.info hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
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