Please help!!!When I use Google Search, no matter what link I want to click and open it, IE browser always redirects me to Websearchinc.net. I can use Firefox normally. Is that a virus? How do I get rid of this hijacker?
Websearchinc.net is known as a browser hijacker which is designed to hijack Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox as well as Google Chrome. If your browser keeps redirecting to Websearchinc.net while you are making searches on Google or visiting various websites, it means that your computer contains some adware or a redirect virus. Most likely, it is installed to your computer bundled with some software that you have installed or it comes from free games or various video players. The hijacker is used by the creators to generate traffic on such low-quality websites.
Websearchinc.net redirect is an irritating problem that annoys computer users recently. It may contain a tracking cookie that collects information about your browsing activity. This hijacker is known to change your default homepage to Websearchinc.net without computer user’s consent because it can make changes in your browser settings as soon as it is installed. Thus, you will notice that not only your homepage but also the default search engine have been changed to Web Search against your will. This website displays a low-quality search engine which always show you crazy advertisements rather than legitimate results. Being as a browser hijacker virus, it can cause immense problems to ruin your PC. Don’t hesitate to remove Websearchinc.net hijacker once it is found.
When Websearchinc.net redirect is inside your computer, your security software may be blocked immediately and your homepage will be changed without your permission. In addition, it degrades overall web browser stability and performance as it wastes too much computer resources. The most irritating feature of this redirect virus is that it will keep redirecting you to various harmful websites against your will. If you try to search something from Google, Bing or other search page as your preferred, you will be redirected to other irrelevant page. Thus, this issue should be fixed as soon as possible.
Considering Websearchinc.net hijacker can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section 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 button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once this dangerous redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent, slowing down the computer. If your system’s CPU spike is constant, 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 at the same time and it will open up task manager directly. Then change to “Processes” tab.
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 manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\*.*
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ “ProxyEnable” = “1”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\”ProxyOverride” = ”
Websearchinc.net redirect mostly infiltrates into computers using other software. It is often bundled with free programs and installed to your computer without your consent. When this virus hijacks a system, it uses browser helper objects and third party malware including sponsored adware and spyware platforms to change your homepage and modify your browser settings without your permission. Although this website looks pretty much like any other popular search engine like Google, Bing, Yahoo. However, it doesn’t work the same way as normal search engine. The search results it provides are based on sponsored websites and they are full of ads which you don’t normally receive when using any popular search engines. A browser hijacker can alter the search page of your browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and redirect the user to its own page. It always prevents users from going back to the website they really want. To get rid of such annoyance, Websearchinc.net hijacker should be deleted as quickly as possible.
Published by Sarah Poehler, last updated on October 19, 2013 2:42 am | Browser Hijacker Removal Guide