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How to Remove WebSearch.com – Removal Help

Question.

I got webSearch.com when I start my computer this morning. I little bit know about how to remove these type of Ad-wares, I usually solve my computer issue myself. But this time I give up, it’s really a very virus. Please help me how to remove WebSearch.com from Firefox.

Solved Answer

WebSearch.com a search engine but their installation method make it a browser hijacker, it is also categorized as a “PUP” ( Potentially unwanted programs) and Ad-wares. Once it installed into your computer, it will force you to search from webSearch.com search engine because it has taken over all the search setting on the browser. And they will display lots of advertisement and sponsored links along with search found results. They only wants your click on their Ad campaign.

WebSearch.com-homepage-image

Once you get it installed into your computer, you’ll get lots of other changes on your computer, the changes directly effect your browsers functionality: You”ll be getting changed your browser’s homepage to webSearch.com, you got it installed websearch toolbar into all browsers, you’ll get changed your default search engine to search.yahoo.com. You get surprised when you know that all that changes made without your permission and authorization. Anyway, We are giving you the step by step guide to remove it from your computer, so please follow the below instruction to get rid this issue.

Also Read: How to remove myallsearch.com

To protect from these type of Ad-wares, you just need to keep some main points in your mind. It often comes with “downloads” and “installers”.

  • Do not download anything from internet through 3rd party downloading websites. You should download any software from their own website. Some 3rd party downloading websites added their sponsored Ad-wares along with their installer.
  • Do not trust any executable file’s publisher if do not know much about their publisher.
  • Do not open any unwanted and unknown e-mails.
  • Be very careful when you install any software into your computer, because often 3rd party installer prompts to install another recommended software into your computer. And the when it installs it will install websearch.com type Ad-wares in the background of that.

How to remove webSearch.com.

To remove webSearch.com from computer you just have to follow some simple steps on infected computer. So please follow below listed instruction to get rid of webSearch.com.

Removal Instructions

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Manual Steps

Step 1 : To Uninstall WebSearch.com from computer

  • Click on Start button and then click on Control Panel.
  • Now click on Programs –> Uninstall a program or Program and Features (Windows-7, 8, Vista).
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Uninstall a program for Vista, 7, 8

 

  • For Windows XP users click on Add/Remove Programs.
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Uninstall a program for Windows xp
  • You will get a window which have listed all the installed programs.
  • Uninstall WebSearch.com from there.
  • Also do uninstall allthe programs which are listed in Suspicious Programs list below, if you find any installed into your computer. Because all these programs are unwanted. You should uninstall all them immediately if you found any.
Uninstall all unwanted programs
Uninstall all unwanted programs

Also read: Download Avira Free Antivirus 2014

Suspicious Programs list

  • WebSearch.com
  • Browser defender
  • Browser protect
  • Browser protected by conduit
  • Delta search, Babylon
  • LessTabs
  • WebCake 3.0
  • Yealt
  • LyricsContainer
  • VideoSaver
  • AddLyrics
  • privacy safe gaurd
  • unfriend checker
  • Price peep today
  • Coupon amazine
  • TidyNetwork.com
  • DownloadTerms 1.0
  • Yontoo
  • Uninstall all the unwanted programs, which are not listed here. If you get any program while uninstalling any software from control panel, you can use Revo uninstaller discount to uninstall them. It will be uninstall any software forcefully.


 

Step 2 : To Remove WebSearch.com from Internet Explorer.

Step 2.1 : Remove WebSearch.com from homepage

  • Open Internet Explorerthen go to Toolsmenu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab. Now look into under HOME PAGE Edit Box you got www.WebSearch.com, replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.

Step 2.2 : Remove WebSearch.com add-ons from Internet Explorer.

  • Open Internet Explorerthen go to Toolsmenu (press “alt” key once to active menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened
  • click on Programs tab then click on Manage Addons, now you’ll get a window which have listed all the installed addons.
  • Now disable the WebSearch.com add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted addons from this list. (As per below screenshot).

disable-add-ons-from-ie

Step 2.3 : Reset Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer. Click on Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar), click on Internet Option. A internet option window will open.
  • For IE9, IE10 users may click on Gear icon IE Gear Icon. Then click on tools.
  • Click on Advanced tab,then click on RESET button.
  • Now you will get a new popup for confirmation, tick mark on Delete personal setting then click on RESET button on that. (As shown on below screenshot)
  • Now your Internet Explorer has been Restored to default settings.

Internet Explorer Reset2

  • Now you will appear a popup stated “complete all the tasks”. After completion click on close button.


Step 3 : To Remove WebSearch.com from Mozilla Firefox

Step 3.1 : Remove WebSearch.com from Mozilla Hompeage

  • Open Mozilla Firefox, Click on Tools menu (If tools menu doesn’t appear then press “F10” key once to active the menu bar) then go to Options, after that a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab and then look on the very first section named as Startup. Under Startup you will see a HOME PAGE Edit Box, under this edit box you will see www.WebSearch.com, please replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.
  • Restart Firefox Browser

Step 3.2 : Remove WebSearch.com from add-ons

  • Open Firefox and then go the Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar) click on Add-ons, you’ll get a page click on extensions from the left side pane. now look on right side pane you’ll get all the installed add-ons listed on there. Disable or Remove WebSearch.com addon, also disable all the unknow / unwnated addons from there. (As per below screen shot)

remove-unwanted-addons-from-firefox

Step 3.3 : Reset Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox and then go the Helpmenu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar)
  • Go to Help menu then click on “Troubleshooting information”
    Note: you can also open this page in this ways, open Firefox then type this command in the address bar “about:support” (without quote) and then hit enter or OK.
  • You will get a page “Troubleshooting information” page, here you will get “Reset Firefox” option in the right side of the page.
  • Click on Reset Firefox option. and follow their instruction to reset.
  • Now your Mozilla Firefox has been Restored to default settings.

Firefox Reset1

Firefox Reset2


Step 4 : To Remove WebSearch.com from Google Chrome

Step 4.1 : Remove unwanted homepage & search engine from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), click on Settings. You will get a configuration page.
  • Under configuration page find a option named as “Open a specific page or set of pages” click on their Set Pages. A another window will come up. Here you will appear the bunch of URL’s under “Set pages”. Delete all them and then enter only one which you want to use as your home page.
Google Chrome Homepage step1
Google Chrome Homepage Reset step1
Google Chrome Homepage2
Google Chrome Homepage reset step 2
  • In the same configuration page click on Manage search engines button. Delete all the search engines from there, just keep only www.goole.com as your default search Engine.
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Google Chrome search engine step 3
Google Chrome Homepage4
Google Chrome search engine step 4
Google Chrome Homepage5
Google Chrome search engine Step5

Step 4.2 : Remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), then click on Tools then, click on Extensions. (As shown on below screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions1

  • You will get a configuration page. which have listed all the installed extensions, Remove WebSearch.com extension & also remove all the unknown / unwanted extensions from there. To remove them, click on remove (recycle bin) icon Google Chrome remove extensions button(as shown on screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions2

Step 4.3 : Reset Google Chrome

  1. Close all Google Chrome browser’s window.
  2. Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) on your keyboard , you’ll get Run box.
  3. For windows xp: Copy and Paste this following command: %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default" in Run box then click on OK button. You’ll get a Google chrome profile location in windows explorer.For windows 7,8,vista: Copy and Paste this following command: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default in Run box then click on OK button. You’ll get a Google chrome profile location in windows explorer.
  4. In the default folder location, Rename a file, named as “Preferences“ to “Preferences.old“.
    (Note: to do that right-click on Preferences file and click on rename option you’ll get a edit box of Preferences file, now rename the text “Preferences” to “Preferences.old”)
  5. In the same default folder location, Rename one more file, named as “Web Data“ to “Web Data.old“.
    (Note: to do that right-click on Web Data file and click on rename option you’ll get a edit box of Web Data file, now rename the text “Web Data” to “Web Data.old”)
  6. Now start your Google chrome, it should be restored to default settings.


Step 5 : To Remove WebSearch.com from Registry

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “REGEDIT” into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a registry editor window.
  • In the registry editor, click on Edit menu and then click on find option, you’ll get edit box to search any string into registry editor
  • Type “WebSearch.com” into the find box and then click on Find Next.
  • The search result will highlight the key or value which have contains the WebSearch.com string.
  • Now delete the Registry Key/Value/Value-Data if any one contains “WebSearch.com” string (must see the example screenshot below)
    Note:- Do not delete the complete value data, just delete the WebSearch.com path only (for example see screenshot3 below)
  • Use F3 key to find Next. and do the last step to all results.
  • We are giving you the example on “Conduit” Adware.

Screenshot 1

Registry-cleaning-guide1

Screenshot 2

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Screenshot 3

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Step 6 : To Remove WebSearch.com from Autorun Tasks

  • Click on Start button and then do Right-Click on the computer and then do left-click on Manage. A manage window will appear.
  • In the manage window click on Tasks Scheduler from right side pane, then click on “Task Scheduler Library“, Now look on left side pane and Remove all the Tasks which have contains WebSearch.com string and also remove all the unknown / unwanted tasks from there (As per the screenshot below).

scheduled-tasks-removal


Step 7 : To Remove WebSearch.com from Startup

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Startup tab, here you’ll get all the startup entries, so look on the list and then do Un-check the entries which is contains WebSearch.com. Also Un-check all the others entries which you found unwanted. then click on OK to apply all the changes.

remove-unwanted-startup


Step 8 : To Remove WebSearch.com from Services

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG” into the run box then click on OK. . You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Services tab, here you’ll get all the startup services list, click on “Hide Windows Services” all the windows related services will be hidden. now it’s only display the 3rd party installed services, now look on the list and then do Un-check the service which have contains WebSearch.com. Also Un-check all the unknown / unwanted services. then click on OK to apply all the changes.

remove-unwanted-services


Step 9 : To remove WebSearch.com registry entries with Adwcleaner.exe

Here is the proper step-by-step guide to remove any adware from registry, please follow the steps.

9.1 : Download AdwCleaner from the below link.

Click Here to Download: Adwcleaner.exe

9.2 : Run that downloaded file (Adwcleaner.exe).

9.3 : When you get it started, click on scan button to search the WebSearch.com files and registry entries (As shown below screenshot).

adwcleaner-scanning-process

9.5 : When scanning process will be finished, click on Clean button to delete all the WebSearch.com files and registry entries (as shown on below screenshot)

adwcleaner-cleanup-process

Step 10 : To remove WebSearch.com with Hitman-Pro

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x32bit.exe

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x64bit.exe

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Step 11 : To remove WebSearch.com with Malwarebytes.

11.1 : Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, then double click on it to install it.

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11.2 : Update online Virus Definition

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11.3 : Tick mark on “Perform quick scan” then click on Scan

11.4 : When the scan done click on “Show results”How to use malwarebytes

11.5 : After clicking on Show result it will you a another window where you will get the found threats. Click on “Remove Selected”

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This post was last updated on:2014-04-19 | First Published:2014-04-19

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11 comments

  1. Hello, excuse but I still have some problem with this. At first I tried removing it manually. After deleting Websearch.com I thought that it was done so I opened a new tab and wanted to search for something. When I began writing on the url bar instead of Google search there was Websearch.com. I went back to my my search engine to get rid of it again but it came back. That’s when I downloaded Adware Removal Tool to scan my computer. As it scanned I noticed that it found Websearch.com and I was finally freed from it (it also found many another stuff) The software got rid of all of them. As recommended I rebooted my settings on chrome and thought that it ended. Unfortunately Websearch.com is still here without any traces on my computer. Can someone help me because it’seems driving me crazy. This thing keeps coming back evertime I delete it from the search engine and it comes back as default instead of Google.

    • Hi Aya,
      Thank you for contacting us about this matter.

      Our tool works fine on removal of websearch.com, don’t know why it did not work in your case. Anyway, we’ll assist you with that.
      We just have added some more traces of websearch.com into our adware definition. So, we recommend you to please run our tool again and do a scan with it.

      If this it doesn’t work this time then please provide all the scan logs with us at email info@techsupportall.com. Scan logs location is: “C:\Program Files\Adware Removal Tool by TSA\Reports\”

      Thanks
      TSA Team

  2. REMOVE WEBSEARCH FROM MOZZILA

  3. Thanks Guys !!! Keep up the good work!

  4. Highly recommended.
    Worked first time when none of the other published ‘fixes’ worked.

  5. you cannot uninstall WEBSEARCH from the CONTROL PANEL… delete first WEBSEARCH folder on program files.. then you can uninstall it… don’t install any removal tool .. its another malware, spyware… that’s why they keep on deleting my comments

  6. for some… it didnt work… the easiest way is to remove websearch folder on PROGRAM FILES, then you can uninstall it on CONTROL PANEL PROGRAM.. alll offered tools here are also MALWARE AND ADWARE…dont install any of tools.. it will worsen the situation

  7. Thanks so much!!! Manual steps worked perfectly to delete everything off of Chrome!! Thanks!!!!!!

  8. None of your suggestions worked!!!

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