What is Websearch.searchannel.info:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
Websearch.searchannel.info is considered to be a browser hijacker. Once installed onto a victim’s computer, the Websearch.searchannel.info might corrupt browser settings and stuck as a home page/default search engine, without asking the user for permission. Once the the browser is infected, and the user performs a search, he will be redirected to http://Websearch.searchannel.info. The search results, shown by the Websearch.searchannel.info search, will be compromised, and they would display information loaded with spam and third-party advertising.
Usually, Websearch.searchannel.info comes packed with some other free software and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the Websearch.searchannel.info hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
Websearch.searchannel.info would fill up your screen with questionable and unwanted ads, that could lead to other malware infections. The browser hijacker would monitor your online activity by search for private data, such as browsing history, session ids, tracking cookies, account information and even usernames and password information. The collected private data will later be used by some third-party companies for marketing purposes. That is the reason why this malware infection should not be left unattended, and it needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to your online identity.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Websearch.searchannel.info Hijacker Removal:
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Manual Websearch.searchannel.info Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Websearch.searchannel.info hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Websearch.searchannel.info Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Websearch.searchannel.info, iLivid, Torch, Websearch.searchannel.info for Internet Explorer, Websearch.searchannel.info for Firefox, Websearch.searchannel.info for Chrome, BrowserProtect, Search-Results Toolbar, Youtube Downloader HD or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
2. Remove Websearch.searchannel.info from your browser:
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower-left portion of the screen.
2. Choose “Run”. 3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left portion of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter
2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
3. Check for arguments added by Websearch.searchannel.info in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Websearch.searchannel.info might also hijack your web browser shortcuts in order to force-load its home page. This causes the Websearch.searchannel.info`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Websearch.searchannel.info uses in order to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to Websearch.searchannel.info by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named Websearch.searchannel.info in: