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 Web Searcher|
|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.