There are so many different types of malware and the amount of dangers that not only our physical computers but also our identities and our bank accounts come up against seem to be increasing by the day. And although not quite as dangerous as some of the strains of malicious software out there – on the surface at least - one of the most irritating types of malware is browser hijacker.
Websearch.allsearches.info is a browser hijacker that is installed on your PC – often without your knowledge. So how do you know if you've been infected by this malware? Well, if you've noticed that your computer is running more sluggishly than usual and that your default start page has been changed, you might have had the component that it uses to track user data installed on it. More of that in a moment.
So what actually is a browser hijacker? It's is a program that runs in the background on your PC or operates as a browser plug-in. The component we spoke about a few moments ago monitors the way you use the Internet on your computer. It looks at which websites you visit and then collects the information and uses it to customize the advertising that is displayed on your computer, thereby increasing the chances of you visiting the advertiser's website and spending money with them. It may also redirect you dodgy websites and return search results from third party pseudo search engines rather than genuine search engines like Google or Bing. The goal is pretty obviously I think, scammers simply want to display as many ads as possible on your computer and convince you into buying software or ordering services.
So how does this make your computer run like it's on a go-slow? The problem is that most browser hijackers including websearch.allsearches.info use a fair amount of your PC's operating system - which has the effect of making your computer run slowly because it's trying to deal with the new component that it's had installed on it.
Whilst not a virus, per se, it is a real nuisance and can actually be more dangerous than it first seems. Because not only does it slow your computer down, it can also cause it to crash and it will bug you with all of its adverts which are sometimes banners but can also be pop-up – and sometimes pop-under - windows. You might also be shown adverts that are not so targeted towards your interests but are of an adult nature, including X rated or gambling websites.
But how does it get installed on your computer in the first place? A lot of browser hijackers are bundled with freeware and shareware; for example those addictive bubble popping or fruit moving games! It may also be installed if you've downloaded a peer to peer file, clicked on a link in a spam email from an unknown sender or even innocently downloaded a legitimate software update.
Let's take a look at some of the main symptoms that tell you whether or not you have websearch.allsearches.info installed on your computer:
- The most obvious one: you're seeing plenty of pop-up adverts
- Your home page or default search engine keep changing to websearch.allsearches.info
- Your browser constantly redirects you to websites you don't particularly want to go to
- Your PC is sluggish, or keeps freezing or crashing
If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Websearch.allsearches.info Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove websearch.allsearches.info related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following programs:
- Search Assistant WebSearch
- WS-Supporter 1.80
If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove websearch.allsearches.info from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the BookmarkTube, Window Expander for Youtube, wuebsave, YoutubeAdBlocker extensions.
3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!
Remove websearch.allsearches.info from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Remove greiaotsaver 2.7 and SearchNewTab, Window Expander for Youtube, wuebsave, YoutubeAdBlocker browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.
3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.
Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.
In the search filter at the top, type: allsearches
Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by websearch.allsearches.info. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!
Remove websearch.allsearches.info from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons.
2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).
3. Select WebSearch and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.