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Remove WebSearcher Add-On (www.websearcher.eu)

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.

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WebSearcher General Description

websearcher Image Source: wwww.websearcher.eu

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. websearcher-exe 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.

WebSearcher Privacy Policy

websearcher-privacy-policy Image Source: wwww.websearcher.eu

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.

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1. Remove/Uninstall WebSearcher

1. Remove/Uninstall WebSearcher 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 WebSearcher.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove WebSearcher 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 WebSearcher and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After WebSearcher 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 WebSearcher and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After WebSearcher 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’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • 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’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select WebSearcher 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 WebSearcher 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 WebSearcher
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall WebSearcher. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the WebSearcher will be removed.

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