Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Websearch.wisesearch.info virus removal instructions
The Websearch.wisesearch.info website is promoted using Internet browser hijackers, which infiltrate users' computers using free software downloads. After successful installation, the adware modifies the Internet browser's (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) homepage and default search engine settings by assigning them to websearch.wisesearch.com
Furthermore, these installed potentially unwanted applications block users' attempts to revert the settings to the defaults. This website can be used to search the Internet, however, Internet users should be aware that the search engine returns dubious search results, and clicking on these can lead to serious malware and virus infections.
Commonly, this browser redirect infiltrates users' Internet browsers whilst downloading and installing free software. Today, the majority of free download websites and free software developers use 'download clients' or 'installers' to monetize their free software and services. Download clients are used to promote free browser add-ons during the downloading or installation steps of freeware. If your Internet browser redirects you to websearch.wisesearch.info, your computer is infected with adware and you are strongly advised to eliminate it.
Adware causing browser redirects to the Websearch.wisesearch.info website is installed together with free software downloaded from the Internet. At time of research, this browser hijacker was 'bundled' with a program called SkypeEmoticons. To avoid installation of adware such as this (adware that makes changes to browser settings), Internet users should be attentive when downloading and installing freeware. If your download is manged by a 'download client', look for a 'decline' button if you are offered installation of any browser plugins. When installing free software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any hidden installation options. The behaviour of the websearch.wisesearch.info website is similar to other browser hijackers such as delta-search.com, search.babylon.com, and many others. To eliminate these browser redirect issues, use the removal instructions provided.
Websearch.wisesearch.info virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Deownloaad okeepper", "Search Assistant WebSearch", "SearchNewTab", "SkypeEmoticons", and "ss helper", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the websearch.wisesearch.info website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Websearch.wisesearch.info homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Websearch.wisesearch.info from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Deownloaad okeeper" and "SearchNewTab", select them and click "Remove".
To change your homepage from websearch.wisesearch.info to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove websearch.wisesearch.info and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about:blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default, and then remove "Web Search".
If you continue to have problems with redirects to websearch.wisesearch.info, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove websearch.wisesearch.info from Google Chrome:
Click the bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Deownloaad okeeper" and "SearchNewTab", select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Change the Google Chrome homepage from websearch.wisesearch.info to your preferred domain - click the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over websearch.wisesearch.info and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Web Search" and add or select your preferred domain.
Remove websearch.wisesearch.info from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Deownloaad okeeper" and "SearchNewTab".
To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove websearch.wisesearch.info and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "websearch.wisesearch.info"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to websearch.wisesearch.info, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Websearch.wisesearch.info Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Websearch.wisesearch.info Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Websearch.wisesearch.info Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.