WebSearcher or www.websearcher.eu is a legitimate add-on for Mozilla Firefox, possibly other browsers as well. The add-on is available for download on addons.mozilla.org. However, it hasn’t be rated yet (as of July 2, 2015). WebSearcher may also be included in the packages of various freeware products under their ‘advanced’ installation options. The service www.websearcher.eu appears to be safe. However, if the user downloads the add-on, an .exe file will be downloaded – WebSearcher.exe, and he may encounter several issues, mostly privacy-related.
WebSearcher General Description
Websearcher (www.websearcher.eu) is described as an application that integrates a new feature to the browser. According to its official description, the add-on’s purpose is to display search results from the user’s favorite websites directly in the window he is currently viewing. Image Source: wwww.websearcher.eu
The add-on is neither a malicious threat nor a virus. Nonetheless, if installed, it may cause some issues, such as:
- Display of unwanted advertisements – banners, pop-up and pop-under windows, in-text ads.
- Collection of users’ information – both personally identifiable and non-identifiable.
- Alteration of the browser’s default settings.
As visible by the screenshot displayed above, the developers of the app have made a statement that may appear troublesome to some users. When the installation of the app fails for any reason, certain data may be pulled out of the user’s PC via an error log file.
The data may be collected without limitation and is referred as non-personally identifiable diagnostic information. As viewable, the data will be used online for troubleshooting reasons.
However, once installed, the application collects other data. A cookie is set to the browser and it will collect information such as:
- The unique code of the user’s applications.
- Search queries submitted through the applications.
- The user’s IP address.
- Clicks on advertising links.
- Browser type and specifications.
→NB! The ‘cookie’ applied by WebSearcher is configured to reset every 24 hours. However, collected data is stored in a query log for about six months.
WebSearcher Uninstallation Method
The application provides uninstallation steps. Nevertheless, the user may want to scan his system to be certain that all traces of the add-on and its partners are eliminated. Have a look at the steps provided below the article. Also, keep in mind that the browser’s settings need to be restored.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter