Websearch.hotsearches.info Redirect

Also Known As: hotsearches.info browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Websearch.hotsearches.info redirect removal instructions

What is websearch.hotsearches.info?

The websearch.hotsearches.info browser hijacker installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies Internet browser settings including the homepage and default search engine domains. Furthermore, it installs several browser 'helper objects', which block attempts to roll back these changes. At time of research, this browser hijacker was 'bundled' with free programs and files available for download from free file sharing websites. Developers of freeware promote this browser hijacker using a deceptive installer, which tricks unsuspecting computer users into installing browser settings-modifying adware together with the free software.

websearch.hotsearches.info browser hijacker

Many free software download websites and freeware developers employ 'download clients' and 'installers' to monetize their downloads. The 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 therefore, inadvertently install various potentially unwanted applications. Using the websearch.hotsearches.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.

To avoid installation of Internet browser settings-changing adware such as this, be attentive 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 the 'decline' button. When installing freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. The websearch.hotsearches.info browser hijacker is similar to other adware that installs together with free software and modifies browser settings. For example, searchtotal.info, goodforsearch.info, and coolsearches.info. If your Internet browser redirects you to websearch.hotsearches.info, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate adware causing redirect issues.

How did websearch.hotsearches.info hijacker install on my computer?

This website is distributed using the bundling method (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software). Many users rush the download and installation process of applications, and since third party software is often concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, this is an effective method for stealth installation. As developers aim to install applications without users' permission, they do not properly disclose these installations. The websearch.hotsearches.info browser commonly hijacker installs through file upload/download websites that use deceptive download clients.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

If you are downloading software from freeware download websites, select the direct download link, rather than using a download manager (which is likely to include third party rogue software). Download your desired applications from the official website. If possible, downloaded programs should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to decline them. Never rush the download and installation processes, since skipping these steps can lead to high-risk computer infections.

Deceptive free software installers used in websearch.hotsearches.info browser hijacker distribution:

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Quick menu:

Websearch.hotsearches.info browser hijacker 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 10 and 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.

websearch.hotsearches.info browser hijakcer uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for “PriceMinus", "LighterInit", "bestadblocker", and "MySearchDial" select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the websearch.hotsearches.info website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Websearch.hotsearches.info browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove websearch.hotsearches.info related Internet Explorer extensions:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.info related Internet Explorer extensions

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

Change your homepage:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.info from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://websearch.hotsearches.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 your default search engine:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.info from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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 hotsearches.info browser hijacker, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove websearch.hotsearches.info related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.info related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed and unrecognized (for example "Keep My OptOuts", etc.) entries, select them and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.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 the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://websearch.hotsearches.info and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.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 hotsearches.info browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove websearch.hotsearches.info related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.info related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "bestadblocker", "PriceMinus" (and other recently-installed browser plug-ins).

Change your homepage:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.info from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://websearch.hotsearches.info and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing websearch.hotsearches.info from Mozilla Firefox 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: "hotsearches.info"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with hotsearches.info browser hijacker 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions 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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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