Web Searcher is yet another potentially unwanted program that installs via bundling and introduces pop-up advertisements on your computer while you are browsing. The program is considered risky primarily because it may collect user information and transfer users to dangerous third-party websites. This is why In case you are seeing ad “by Web Searcher” it is advisable to take steps towards removing it from your computer fully.
|Short Description||The software may collect user information and display advertisements during web browsing.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness various online advertisements. His PC may significanly slow down in terms of performance.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling or other PUPs.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Web Searcher.|
Web Searcher Ads – Spread
Similar to other riskware, Web Searcher is distributed via several different installers of useful software. Examples may be your favorite media player or other programs downloaded from a website that offers various free apps for your PC. As a marketing tool some software providing sites “mix” the installers of their programs using different third-party tools to profit from their aggressive advertising. You may encounter them in the End User Agreement or during one of the installation steps in the “Add as free extra” opt windows.
Web Searcher Ads – How Does It Work
Once it has been installed on the computer the program immediately situates all of the modules that it requires to run and display advertisements successfully on your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. Symantec researchers have analyzed this riskware and reported the following files to be associated with Web Searcher:
When the program is executed, it creates the following files:
After the program has created its necessary files, it creates registry entries with specific values to enable it to be harder to get rid of, run on startup and give priorities to its executables:
After all of these modules have been created, the software then may begin to display different advertisements on the user’s browser. Ads may be from various forms:
- Ad-supported search results.
- Browser Redirects.
In addition to that, this program is also capable of tracking different user information in order to display ads based on the interests:
- IP address.
- Browsing history.
- Online clicks.
- Online searches.
All of those make a perfect recipe to serve the cyber-criminal’s interests. They may boost the traffic of third-party websites by advertising them to your or directly redirecting them, they may collect your information via proxies and other tracking technologies and share it for profit. Furthermore, they may redirect you to harmful sites that may either be scams or infect your PC with malware.All of those make Web Searcher a risky program that should be terminated.
Remove Web Searcher Ads from Your PC
There are many methods to remove this software. You can use delete assistant, such as Delete Doctor to remove the above mentioned files manually and use a registry deleting script we suggested. But it is a costly process and it does not guarantee you safety since your system may already be compromised indirectly via Web Searcher. This is why you may want to follow the step-by-step manual below to successfully be rid of this application from your computer.
Delete Web Searcher from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Web Searcher automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Web Searcher from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Web Searcher from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Web Searcher from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Web Searcher from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Web Searcher from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Web Searcher from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Web Searcher from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Web Searcher from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Web Searcher
Step 2: Uninstall Web Searcher and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Web Searcher on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Web Searcher there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Web Searcher from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Web Searcher and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Web Searcher via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Web Searcher from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Web Searcher from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Web Searcher from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Web Searcher from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Web Searcher will be removed.
Eliminate Web Searcher from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.