Webswitch.tk is a browser hijacker that presents itself as a legit search engine. It may change your home page and search provider; thus it deprives you of regular search results. Webswitch.tk is compatible with popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. Affected users should remove it in order to prevent unwanted redirects, bookmarks, and system slowdowns, and eventually a more severe malware infection.
Webswitch.tk is developed by BV Dot TK – an organization registered in the Netherlands. It is important to note malware researchers reported in 2006 that .tk domains were most likely to be used for scams, phishing and spam campaigns. (Dot)tk stands for Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific, which permits any person to register domains.
How Did I Get Webswitch.tk on My Browser?
Usually, when you download free software or even during updates, you may end up with Webswitch as your search engine. Browser hijackers are typically bundled with all kinds of free programs, so users should always aim for custom installations and pay close attention to the mouseprint.
What Does Webswitch.tk Do?
Webswitch.tk may appear to be useful to many users, but its efficiency is outweighed by its disadvantages.
Besides redirecting users to potentially dangerous websites and providing modified search results, it is very likely that this browser infection will add tracking cookies to your browser. Many experts compare tracking cookies with privacy invasion, used by third parties to steal your private information.
Should I Remove Webswitch.tk?
As mentioned above, if you click on an advertisement presented by this untrustworthy search engine, you may infect your machine with malware. Due to its suspicious character, experts recommend its removal.
In order to prevent further browser infections, always choose the custom installation option when downloading freeware.
To remove Webswitch.tk, run a prominent anti-adware program to clean your computer and follow the instructions below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Webswitch.tk from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Webswitch.tk from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Webswitch.tk from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Webswitch.tk from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Webswitch.tk from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Webswitch.tk from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Webswitch.tk from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Webswitch.tk from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Webswitch.tk
Step 2: Uninstall Webswitch.tk 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 Webswitch.tk 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 Webswitch.tk there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Webswitch.tk from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Webswitch.tk 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 Webswitch.tk 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 Webswitch.tk 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 Webswitch.tk 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 Webswitch.tk 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 Webswitch.tk 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 Webswitch.tk will be removed.
Eliminate Webswitch.tk 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.