|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info.|
Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info – How Did I Get It?
One way to become affected by this hijacker or one of its many variants is to click on a misleading advertisement that may add it as an extension to your web browser. Another and more likely possibility is bundling, since it is a widely used web strategy that is used by third-party software providing websites.
Most users who download freeware online do not realize that some software hosting websites have bundled applications such as Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info browser hijacker that are advertised as free extras to assist users with their online browsing experience. This plus given the fact that most inexperienced fast clickers tend to rush their way through the installation process and skip opting out such ‘extras’ makes bundling an effective strategy to slither into inexperienced users’ computers – the perfect segment of potential clickers to its adverts.
Once it has been installed onto your computer, the program may set Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info as your home or new tab page of the browser you are using. The home page itself has several different types of cookies installed in the user’s PC.
What is more, the search engine has extremely annoying and deceiving advertisements such as an animated banner copying the pop-up that is being displayed when someone calls you on Skype, leading to dating sites or fake Windows error messages. The fake Windows pop-ups lead to the same place in most Websearch search engines – a rogue antivirus program, called Reimage PC repair.
What is more, the search engine does not have https encryption on its connection to the user, which increases the risk of its usage, since it is a search engine and features many third-party links. These very third-parties may either be scamming sites that scam users out of their money, legitimate websites looking to boost their traffic using its services or even malicious URL aiming to infect the user PC with malware.
Security researchers strongly advise against keeping such search engines on your browser since they may lead to sinister online places.
In order to get rid successfully of websearch.thesearcheng.info hijacker you should follow carefully the instructions below. What is highly recommended is that after manual removal you scan your computer more than once with an advanced anti-malware tool in order to identify whether or not your PC has been exposed to malware and remove any left over objects by websearch.the-searcheng.info from your computer.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker will be removed.