Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Websearch.search-guide.info virus removal instructions
What is websearch.search-guide.info?
The Websearch.search-guide.info browser hijacker installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies users' Internet browser settings including the homepage and default search engine domains. Moreover, this adware installs several browser 'helper object', which block attempts to roll back these changes. At time of research, this adware was 'bundled' with a program called SkypEmoticons. Developers of this free program promote the websearch.search-guide.info browser hijacker using a deceptive installer, which tricks unsuspecting computer users into installing browser setting-modifying adware together with the free software.
Computer users should be aware that, today, many free software download websites and freeware developers use 'download clients' and 'installers' to monetize their downloads. The main problem with this software marketing method is that many computer users do not pay close enough attention to the download and installation steps of their chosen free software, and thus, inadvertently install various potentially unwanted applications. Note that using the websearch.search-guide.info website to search the Internet is not recommended, since it employs a deceptive search engine crowded with sponsored search results - clicking these results may lead to malware and virus infections.
Users wishing to avoid installation of such Internet browser settings-changing adware should be attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any hidden installation options. This browser hijacker is similar to other adware, which installs together with free software and modifies browser settings, including, for example, Omiga Plus virus and Websearch.wisesearch.info virus amongst many others. If your Internet browser redirects you to websearch.search-guide.com, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate adware causing redirect issues.
- What is websearch.search-guide.info?
- STEP 1. Uninstall DoowNLoad keepeR, Search Assistant WebSearch, SearchNewTab and ss helper applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove websearch.search-guide.info redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove websearch.search-guide.info browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove websearch.search-guide.info homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Websearch.search-guide.info virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."
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 "DoowNLoad keepeR", "Search Assistant WebSearch", "SearchNewTab", and "ss helper", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs, which cause browser redirects to the Websearch.search-guide.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.search-guide.info homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Websearch.search-guide.info from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "DoowNLoad keepeR" and "SearchNewTab", select them and click "Remove".
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Websearch.search-guide.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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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.search-guide.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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Websearch.search-guide.info from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "DoowNLoad keepeR" and "SearchNewTab", select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over Websearch.search-guide.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 the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Web Search" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with the removal of websearch.search-guide.info browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Websearch.search-guide.info from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "DoowNLoad keepeR" and "SearchNewTab".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove Websearch.search-guide.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.search-guide.info"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to Websearch.search-guide.info, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "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.search-guide.info Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Websearch.search-guide.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.
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