Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Websearch.searchsunmy.info virus removal instructions
The Websearch.searchsunmy.info browser hijacker infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) through free software downloads. Developers of this browser settings-changing adware use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', thus, computer users often install this potentially unwanted application inadvertently without their consent. After successful infiltration, this adware assigns users' Internet browser homepage and default search engine settings to the websearch.searchsunmy.info website.
At time of research, this adware redirected Internet users to Google, however, be aware that creators of this rogue browser plugin can redirect Internet browsers to rogue websites at any time. Apart from browser redirects, this bogus add-on tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording web pages visited, impressions, clicks, and search terms. This information is personally identifiable, and thus the presence of websearch.searchsunmy.info adware can lead to identity theft. This browser plugin adds no real value, and thus, having it installed on your Internet browsers can lead to serious malware infections and privacy issues. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate searchsunmy.info adware from your computer.
The Websearch.searchsunmy.info browser hijacker is identical to previous variants, which redirect Internet users to the searchguru.info and searchbomb.info websites. Commonly, this type of browser settings-changing adware infiltrates Internet browsers via deceptive free software installers and 'download clients'. Today, most freeware download websites employ dubious download clients offering installation of promoted browser plug-ins (often potentially unwanted programs) with the chosen free software. Therefore, reckless free software downloading can result in adware infections. To avoid installation of these rogue browser plug-ins, Internet users should express caution when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of advertised browser plug-ins by clicking on the 'decline' button. The screenshot below displays how the 'decline' button is concealed in order to trick computer users into installing this browser hijacker. When installing downloaded software, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal installation of any bundled adware. If your Internet browsers redirect you to the websearch.searchsunmy.info website, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer.
Screenshot of a deceptive free software installer promoting the websearch.searchsunmy.info browser hijacker:
Websearch.searchsunmy.info virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at 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 at the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Search Assistant WebSearch", "SearchNewTab", "SK.Enabler", "ss Supporter", "suRRf annd kkeep", and "YoutubeAdblocker", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Websearch.searchsunmy.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.searchsunmy.info homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser plugins:
Remove Websearch.searchsunmy.info from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "SearchNewTab", "YoutubeAdblocker", and "suRRf and kkeep", select these entries and click "Remove".
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Websearch.searchsunmy.info and enter your preferred domain that 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 "WebSearch".
If you continue to have problems with redirects to Websearch.searchsunmy.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.searchsunmy.info from Google Chrome:
Click the bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "BookmarkTube", "gureatSaver", "SearchNewTab", and "YoutubeAdblocker", select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Click the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over Websearch.searchsunmy.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 "WebSearch" and add or select your preferred domain.
Remove Websearch.searchsunmy.info from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "gureatSaver", "SearchNewTab", and "YoutubeAdblocker".
To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove Websearch.searchsunmy.info and enter your preferred domain that 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.searchsunmy.info"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to Websearch.searchsunmy.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.searchsunmy.info Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Websearch.searchsunmy.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.searchsunmy.info Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.