How to remove Webssearches.com Browser Hijacker
What is Webssearches.com:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
Webssearches.com or istart.webssearches.com is considered a malicious browser hijacker by the majority of the security experts. It is capable of infiltrating victim’s computer without permission or their consent. It is considered malicious, because of its distribution method – software bundles and because once activate it will attach to every major web browser on the victim’s PC. Next it will modify browsers settings and set itself as home page, new tab and default search engine. So when the victim performs a search, it will be redirected to http://webssearches.com/ or similar, where he/she will get compromised search results – they would be loaded with SPAM and other 3rd party advertising.
Usually, Webssearches.com comes packed with other free software products and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation of that software. The possible distribution of the Webssearches.com hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
Webssearches.com redirect hijacker would fill your screen with unwanted advertising, trying to attract more users to the advertised webpages in order to generate income from online traffic. Webssearches.com may keep track of your browsing activity and steal valuable information as login credentials. This information might be sent to third-party companies that would use it 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.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Webssearches.com Browser Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Webssearches.com and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically initiate a scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find more about the SpyHunter Installation Process. SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, however we advise you to purchase a subscription that will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to get unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
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Manual Webssearches.com Browser Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Webssearches.com hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For all other users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Webssearches.com 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 all entries related to WebSearches.com, CinemaP-1.9cV14.08, Bestadblocker, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, ExtensionSimple Blocker, IQIYI, iReview, Obrona Blockads, Media Player 1.1, Video Player, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, Youtube Downloader HD, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Savings Bull, Feven Pro 1.1, Couponpueke, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove Webssearches.com from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire “Chrome” folder with all its content – including all the files and all the subfolders.
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 bottom-left part 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 bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by Webssearches.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Webssearches.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts in order to force-load its home page. This causes the Webssearches.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that Webssearches.com 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 Webssearches.com by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named “Webssearches.com” in: