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Websearch.searchbomb.info virus removal instructions
What is websearch.searchbomb.info?
The Websearch.searchbomb.info browser hijacker installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies users' Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings by assigning Websearch URLs to the homepage and default search engine. Moreover, users are prevented from rolling back these changes, since browser 'helper objects', block such attempts. The Websearch.searchbomb.info website is used to search the Internet, however, the search engine provided is crowded with dubious sponsored search results - clicking on these can lead to serious malware and virus infections.
Computer users should understand that having browser settings-changing adware installed on their computers is dangerous. Developers of this rogue program are capable of adding malicious scripts to this website (for example, redirecting the site to other malicious sources, etc.), and thus, infect users' PCs with spyware and malware. Free software 'download clients' are a common source of browser hijackers - small programs, which manage the process of freeware download and offer installation of promoted browser plugins. At time of research, the websearch.searchbomb.info website was advertised as "The best search product". In fact, it is a useless website created only to trick Internet users into clicking deceptive ads and dubious sponsored Internet search results.
This browser hijacker is identical to previous variants, which also redirect Internet users to the websearch.searchisbestmy.info and websearch.search-guide.info websites. To avoid installation of such adware, computer users should be careful when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins by clicking the 'decline' button. Today, most freeware download websites (including download.com, softonic.com, and many others) use download clients to monetize their free services, thus, reckless free software download can result in adware infections. If your Internet browsers redirect you to websearch.searchbomb.info, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer.
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Searchbomb
- What is websearch.searchbomb.info?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Search Assistant WebSearch and SearchNewTab applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove websearch.searchbomb.info redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove websearch.searchbomb.info browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove websearch.searchbomb.info homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Websearch.searchbomb.info redirect from Safari.
Websearch.searchbomb.info virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
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 lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Search Assistant WebSearch", "SearchNewTab", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the websearch.searchbomb.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.searchbomb.info homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "SearchNewTab", select this entry 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.searchbomb.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 removal of the websearch.searchbomb.info virus, 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 the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "SearchNewTab", select this entry 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.searchbomb.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 the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "WebSearch" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the websearch.searchbomb.info virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins 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 "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.searchbomb.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.searchbomb.info"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with websearch.searchbomb.info virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History 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. To avoid installation of searchbomb 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 searchbomb from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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