Websearch.searchsunmy.info Virus

Also Known As: Searchsunmy browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Moderate</strong>

Websearch.searchsunmy.info virus removal instructions

What is websearch.searchsunmy.info?

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.

websearch.searchsunmy.info virus

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:

searchsunmy.info redirect virus installer

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Searchsunmy

Websearch.searchsunmy.info virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

searchsunmy.info uninstall from Control Panel

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..

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Websearch.searchsunmy.info homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser plugins:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove Websearch.searchsunmy.info from Internet Explorer:

Removing searchsunmy.info virus from Internet Explorer extensions

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "SearchNewTab", "YoutubeAdblocker", and "suRRf and kkeep", select these entries and click "Remove".

Change homepage:

Removing Searchsunmy.info from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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:

Removing searchsunmy.info from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "WebSearch".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the websearch.searchsunmy.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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove Websearch.searchsunmy.info from Google Chrome:

Removing searchsunmy.info from Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "BookmarkTube", "gureatSaver", "SearchNewTab", and "YoutubeAdblocker", select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Removing searchsunmy.info from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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:

Removing searchsunmy.info from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the websearch.searchsunmy.info virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Websearch.searchsunmy.info from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing searchsunmy.info from Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "gureatSaver", "SearchNewTab", and "YoutubeAdblocker".

Change homepage:

Removing Searchsunmy.info from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) 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.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with websearch.searchsunmy.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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove websearch.searchsunmy.info virus from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A 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 privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of searchsunmy 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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