The world-search.net redirect is a new web threat which we have received security reports about it. It is being spread using a multitude of delivery mechanisms and once it is installed on a given computer it will execute a lot of malicious actions. It can hijack data, modify system settings and deploy other threats.
|Short Description||world-search.net is a web page, caused by a browser hijacker. It is unwanted, because it may lead you to dangerous sites.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser may start to behave in a strange way. You may receive redirects and other types of ads and your PC’s performance may sharply decline.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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world-search.net Redirect Overview
The world-search.net redirect is a new web threat that has been detected in a live attack against end users. What we know about it is that it exhibits the typical infection as found in this class of malware. Usually these infections are primarily acquired from using malware-infected browser plugins which are also known as “hijackers”. They can be uploaded to repositories, hacker-controlled sites and file-sharing networks. Other files that can carry the infection include macro-infected documents (the scripts will install the relevant code) and software installers of applications which are commonly installed: office programs, creativity suites, system utilities and games.
Direct virus executable files and all payload carriers can be distributed using different strategies. Examples are the uploading of the relevant data over file-sharing networks (like BitTorrent) which are primarily used to spread pirate files. Phishing strategies can also be considered, they are often by sending out the files via email messages or landing portals. They will most likely impersonate services and companies by copying down domain names and their design and content. The main aim is to blackmail the recipients into thinking that they are accessing a safe page and interact with the shown elements.
As soon as the infection has been made the typical infection sequence will likely be done. One of the most primary malware actions is the changing of the default options in order to always show a hacker-controlled page — the results will be modifications to options such as the default home page, search engine and new tabs page. In mot cases redirects like world-search.net are responsible for data harvesting — information from the web browsers, the operating system and user files. This is very useful as the data will be sent to the hackers and allow them to carry out crimes such as financial abuse and identity theft.
Other browser redirect malware actions may include the following:
- Additional Malware Infection — The redirect infection can be used to deploy other infections to the computer hosts. Common infections are file encrypting ransomware, website cryptocurrency miners and Trojans.
- System Data Theft — The redirects can access the file system contents and as such hijack user files.
System Changes — Many of the hijackers like this one are designed to modify system and application configuration files. This can lead to performance issues, data loss and unexpected errors.
When the page is accessed for the first time tracking cookies will be installed on the user browsers thereby monitoring how the users access the page. The main page which is shown may display sponsored and affiliate links and even phishing redirects. At any time the main configuraton file can be changed and the sequence can suddenly be modified. As a result different type of malicious actions can occur. We recommend that a professional-grade anti-malware solution is used.
How to REMOVE world-search.net
The removal of world-search.net may be a very tricky process, because of the fact that the unwanted program introducing this scam page may have files spread all of your hard drive. This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to follow the removal steps below. They are made so that if the problem persists after step 1 and 2, you can use a powerful anti-malware software(recommended). Be advised that security professionals often advise victims to remove this adware via an advanced anti-malware program. This will help save you significant time and will make sure that all of the persistent files and objects of world-search.net are fully gone from your PC.
- Guide 1: How to Remove world-search.net Redirect from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of world-search.net Redirect from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove world-search.net Redirect from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase world-search.net Redirect from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall world-search.net Redirect from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove world-search.net Redirect from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate world-search.net Redirect from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove world-search.net Redirect from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove world-search.net Redirect
Step 2: Uninstall world-search.net Redirect 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 world-search.net Redirect 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 world-search.net Redirect there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of world-search.net Redirect from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall world-search.net Redirect 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 world-search.net Redirect 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 world-search.net Redirect files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as world-search.net Redirect, 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 world-search.net Redirect 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 world-search.net Redirect 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 world-search.net Redirect 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 world-search.net Redirect 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 world-search.net Redirect will be removed.
Eliminate world-search.net Redirect 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.