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Remove Wzscnet.com Redirect

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Wzscnet.com is a search engine and the main domain of a browser hijacker that redirects. The hijacker has got a logo on its main search page, resembling that of Google, as each of the letters is colored in a similar way. The hijacker also redirects to a Google Custom Search results page. Sponsored advertisements and targeted content could display if you use Wzscnet.com or have something related to it on your PC. The hijacker can modify the homepage, new tab, and search engine of your browsers.

To remove the hijacker, you should read the article in full.

Threat Summary

Name Wzscnet.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Every browser application on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you various advertisements.
Symptoms Browser settings which can be changed are the homepage, the search engine and the new tab.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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Wzscnet.com – Distribution Ways

Wzscnet.com may be distributed via various ways. One of these ways can be through third-party installation setups of bundled programs and freeware. The setups might have a setting for installing additional components to your computer, by default. You could have installed a free video converter or a similar program and find out that the hijacker came with it. You might avoid some of these unwanted installations. What you need to do is find Custom or Advanced settings in a setup to deselect unneeded components.

Wzscnet.com might have other ways of distributing itself to your computer machine and browser applications. An extension or an add-on could also be responsible for that outcome, if it is in your browser programs. Other distribution ways might involve advertisements, such as pop-ups and banners, or redirect links. Sponsored ads or targeted content on dubious websites is not excluded to further distribute the redirect. Websites like that could be partnered with Wzscnet.com. The following browsers can be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

Wzscnet.com – Detailed Information

Wzscnet.com is the search engine and main domain of a browser hijacker redirect. Upon visiting the main domain, you will witness a page, which differentiates from the search page, called Free Avatar Maker. On there, you can upload images or resize them, but the website will not host them longer than a full day. You can view it down below:

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The search redirect, which is on the same site, consists of a white page as a background, a logo, a search bar below it, and some advertisements. That search page can be visited from the https://Wzscnet.com/i/startm.html address. You can view it in the following screenshot:

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Wzscnet.com tries to look like a legitimate search engine or a side project of Google, but it is not any of that. The hijacker will simply redirect you to the search results page of Google’s Custom search. Your searches will go via the initial online address. The page of the unwanted redirect that is shown in the above image can replace the homepage, new tab setting and the default search for nearly all browsers you have. A browser add-on related to the redirect could be in your browsers, as well.

In the screenshot under this paragraph, you will view an example for a search query that went through Wzscnet.com. You will get redirected to the search results page of Google’s Custom search. You might witness targeted content, sponsored advertisements and could get redirected more. The main page will certainly redirect you from its adverts hosted on the page. Beware, as this hijacker will filter your search queries, and all that data will be stored on servers connected to its developer. That could include information on how you interacted with the website, ads or search results.

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Browser cookies are utilized in the acquisition of the information that the hijacker tries to obtain from about you. Various tracking technologies might be used in this situation, too. Be careful with the information you provide with your searches, especially if they go through pages of Wzscnet.com. Refrain from clicking on anything shown as adverts or links as they could be specifically targeting you.

Wzscnet.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the Wzscnet.com site is rather short. It can be accessed from a link on the bottom of the main page of this browser hijacker. By reading the privacy policy, it becomes clear that the site could be closely connected to the Free Avatar Maker service. The policy does not mention anything specific about the gathering of information, but it is a fact that the site uses cookies, plus Google DART cookies, which can get information about your internet habits.

Here is how the Privacy Policy page looks:

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Wzscnet.com can obtain information about you from the search queries you make or from the advertisements you interact with. All of this data, including personally identifiable information, can be disclosed to several third parties. So, be careful with what you enter in any search bars put by this browser hijacker.

The policy of Wzscnet.com doubtlessly states that you consent to it when you are on its site, no matter if you interact with its services or not. A huge part of the data collection is obtained with the help of specific browser cookies and similar tracking technologies.

Remove Wzscnet.com Completely

To remove Wzscnet.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 hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove Wzscnet.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Wzscnet.com

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Wzscnet.com 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Wzscnet.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Wzscnet.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Wzscnet.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Wzscnet.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Wzscnet.com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Wzscnet.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Wzscnet.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Wzscnet.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Wzscnet.com 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Wzscnet.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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Remove Wzscnet.com 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.


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Erase Wzscnet.com 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.



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Uninstall Wzscnet.com 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.



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Remove Wzscnet.com 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Wzscnet.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Wzscnet.com 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.


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