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Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Browser Hijacker – Remove It Completely

Yet another browser hijacker from the vas websearch family of browser hijackers has appeared, this time setting websearch.the-searcheng.info as the user’s home page and displaying interruptive advertisements misleading users to suspicious third-party websites. The questionable application which is categorized as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) by security experts is reported to collect user information and possibly share it with third-parties, according to its shady privacy policy and similar to other websearch hijackers.

Name Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker
Type Browser Hijacker
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.
Distribution Method Bundling.
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.

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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.

Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Description

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.
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It also features a privacy policy where the developers state that they may collect certain user information and may provide it with third-parties, something that may be very dangerous, depending on the third-party that the information is shared to.
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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.
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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.

What is more, Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info is part of a large network of sister websites that are most likely from the same developer, because they look very similar plus have the same privacy policy:

Security researchers strongly advise against keeping such search engines on your browser since they may lead to sinister online places.

Removing Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info

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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    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

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    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.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    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.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    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.

    Step 3: Remove Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
    2. Remove Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    3. Remove Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker with STOPZilla AntiMalware
    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker in the future
    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker threat: Manual removal of Websearch(.)the-searcheng(.)info Hijacker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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