WorldSearchPro(.)com is a browser hijacker. It is spreading mainly with bundled free programs and the Websearch.Searchmania(.)info site. The hijacker also generates ads, shows misleading results and redirects. To remove it along with any unwanted programs and get your settings restored, read the article in full.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Adware, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers will have their homepage, new tab and the search engine changed. Sponsored adverts appear in your search results.|
|Symptoms||Shows advertisements, redirects and modifies a browser’s homepage, new tab and search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
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WorldSearchPro(.)com – Distribution Ways
WorldSearchPro could be found inside third-party installer setups. This hijacker can get inside your computer without your knowledge. That is due to it hiding in various freeware installations and bundled packages. Similar packs have additional components selected to be installed by default. Avoiding such installations is possible if you find a Custom or an Advanced menu from where to deselect the components.
WorldSearchPro could also have other ways of distributing itself. Clicking on links, ads or around unknown sites is a sure way to get an unwanted application such as this one. The hijacker is also distributed via redirects from Websearch.Searchmania(.)info. Browsers that are affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
WorldSearchPro(.)com – Description
WorldSearchPro(.)com is the main web address of the browser hijacker with the same name. It may have a browser extension as it comes with bundled software and free applications in most cases. Another effective way that the hijacker spreads through is the site Websearch.Searchmania(.)info. Websearch is another unwanted app, which has a lot of iterations and is one of the most annoying hijackers ever.
You can see, in the image below, the domain spreading redirects to WorldSearchPro(.)com (notice the banner trying to scare you into clicking):
An extension found throughout the Internet could also be installed. You might get redirected to other websites too. A lot of redirects lead to the following malicious ad sites:
Absolutely all of your searches will get filtered through the WorldSearchPro(.)com web address for each query. You will be redirected to affiliates of WorldSearchPro(.)com if you click on any link from the search results. Sponsored advertising is to be found within every link on the search results page:
As you clearly see in the image above, the search results are only three. They couldn’t be scarcer. What you may not notice is that there are six links on the page. All search results and green info texts are actually links to other places than the ones indicated. Based on your keyword most title names are formed with the phrases “What is…” or ”Are you looking for…” etc.
Trying to trick you into clicking this is a very sophisticated and clever way of hiding links. Advertising content is also present on sites you can you are led from redirects. That content is in the form of pop-up ads, pop-unders, banners, full page advertisements and in-text links. The websites you can get mislead into clicking get revenue on a pay-per-click basis.
According to the Policy, the following information may be collected:
- Name, gender and date of birth
- Your IP address and Email address
- Your relationship status, intersts and hobbies
- Your user name, posts and profile pictures
- Educational details and employment information
- The referral source and the length of your visits
- The timing, frequency and pattern of service use
- Browser (version and type)
- Page views and website navigation paths
- Geo location and home address
- Credit card details
- Telephone number
- Operating System (and other such data)
You can see a preview snapshot of the Policy here:
By using the WorldSearchPro(.)com site, and every service associated with it, including any external third-party apps, you grant your consent for personal information collection. Cookies and different tracking technologies are used to aid the creators of the hijacker to gather some of the data mentioned above.
Remove WorldSearchPro(.)com Completely
To remove WorldSearchPro(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker, redirects and ads completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program helps keep your system safe.
Manually delete WorldSearchPro(.)com from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the WorldSearchPro(.)com threat: Manual removal of WorldSearchPro(.)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.