Websearch(.)fastSearchings(.)info is a suspicious domain associated with one or more browser hijackers that may be installed on the computer displaying it. The suspicious host is also observed to collect user data via tracking technologies and also contain suspicious advertisements leading to either scamming or dangerous third-party websites. In case you are experiencing system slowdowns or freezes and online advertisements it is most likely caused by this browser hijacker. Recommendations are to remove immediately.
|Short Description||The domain may do various dangerous or unhealthy to the PC activities and advertise dangerous websites.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake “Java Update” type of adverts that lead to downloads or scamming sites as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.|
|Distribution Method||Via other PUPs, installed by bundlingor by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info.|
Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info – How Did I Get It
You may already know how you have gotten this software, because this is a very well known and widespread technique. It is called bundling and almost every browser hijacker uses it. Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info may be set up by the so-called helpers via this bundling method. Here is how it works – while installing a free program downloaded online , the installer may contain an installation step which is basically an advertisement that may prompt the user to either “Accept” or “Decline” Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info browser hijacker as a free extra.
Another method of distribution this program is likely to assume is advertising its installation URL via referral spam or other spamming techniques. Once users click on the URL they may encounter a prompt to add the software to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer or the download of the program’s installer for the computer may directly start.
Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info In Detail
Once the program has been installed onto your computer it may create multiple files in the %Program Files% and several other key Windows folders. Once there, it may assume control over your web browser’s application. From there the software might set Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info as a new tab page and homepage of your browser. The software then may begin to display the following types of advertisements:
- Pop-up ads.
- Highlighted text adverts.
- Ad-supported search result.
The search engine Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info is reported to be hoax, because of several key factors. One of them is that it immediately redirects to google when you search something through it. Furthermore, the searching site’s security profile looks very bad and is highly untypical for search engines:
When we analysed two of the various advertisements posted on Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info, it was established that they led to either scamming websites or websites that offered the download of rogue software, detected as unwanted by VirusTotal:
The bottom line for this suspicious search engine and the browser hijacker using it is that they are part of large dark advertising networks. Such cyber-scamming networks aim to drive hoax traffic to websites, like the ones in the figure above with two main goals:
- Scam users out of their money or information.
- Infect the user PC with malware.
Since conventional AntiVirus software does not detect low-level threats because they are not directly dangerous to the computer, it is advisable to use advanced anti-malware software and remove this program after which reset your browser.
In order to uninstall this software manually and easily, you may want to try the removal instructions below. In case a conventional uninstall does not work and you believe that there are other unwanted programs as well as malware on your computer as a result of this, it is advisable to scan it. The recommended software for this is any advanced anti-malware program which is oriented towards the removal of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).
Delete Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info
Step 2: Uninstall Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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 Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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 Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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 Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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 Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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 Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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 Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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 Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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 Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info will be removed.
Eliminate Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Websearch(.)fastsearchings(.)info from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".