How to get rid of the Websearch.relevantsearch.info popup? I don’t have my normal home page come up when running Internet Explorer. I don’t normally use unknown search tools but this new search engine just keeps popping. Everywhere I go online I will get this popup. It’s really annoying. How do I stop this permanently?
Websearch.relevantsearch.info Redirect – How to Remove?
Websearch.relevantsearch.info is a newly released variant of browser hijacker that pretends to be a regular search tool in order to confuse and trick PC users into all kinds of cybercrime traps. Online third-parties can even get the best of it and potentially threaten users’ privacy security. Normally, victims of this hijacker don’t have a clue of how they are attacked by this browser hijacker. All of a sudden, their Internet browsers will be compromised by this pop-up hijacker and they are prevented from using the Internet properly. Everywhere they go online, they will need to deal with all the consequences brought up by this browser hijacker until a complete removal is achieved. Users who have gotten this malicious browser hijacker are warned to stay away from it and get rid of it as soon as possible.
Like most browser hijackers, the Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect is capable of hijacking Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox installed on Windows OS. These Internet browsers are the three most popular ones used by most computer users around the world. The performance of these browsers will be greatly affected when they are hijacked. Usually, the hijacker will start by changing the default home pages on the browsers and make its own domain the startup page so that victims will notice the popup immediately when attempting to surf online. This page, http://websearch.relevantsearch.info/, usually contains two parts – the search engine and some random ads displaying below it. It seems to be a regular search tool that one can see on the Internet. But it’s not friendly at all.
Such browser hijackers can usually install on browsers without users’ consent. This can be done via the technique called bundling, which is believed to be a very common way for cyber threats to distribute on the Internet. Many online resources can be the objects to be bundled with this Websearch.relevantsearch.info hijacker. For instance, malicious software, files and applications, attachments from spam emails and porn movies could all help distribute this hijacker. In other words, it is users who use the computers to view or download these resources online cause the browser hijacker problem. It’s due to users’ inappropriate cyber activities. Hence, we find that Anti-virus will usually fail to catch or delete this browser hijacker. In this case, to get rid of Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect, manual removal is a better option which will require certain levels of computer skills to perform.
The Browser Hijacker Screenshot
Troubles To Be Expected
1. Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect can help third-parties collect users’ online information including browsing histories and confidential data via tracking cookies;
2. It can also help prompt other cyber threats (Trojans, malware, ransomware) by redirecting victims online to suspicious links or sites;
3. Affected browsers can become unresponsive more often making it tough for users to open a single web site;
4. Annoying pop-ups may also be seen everywhere on the web pages you log on or are redirected to;
5. The hijacker will also modify the default structures of the affected browsers and make its own domain the default home page on browsers.
Step-by-step Manual Removal Instructions
The following manual removal instructions will give you a general concept of how to delete Websearch.relevantsearch.info manually. Certain levels of computer knowledge will be required during the process because some files and registry values can be renamed or duplicated by the hijacker. These files and values will need to be adjusted in order to completely get rid of this hijacker:
Step 1: Open Windows Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find odd processes to select ‘End Process’. Names of the processes may not show exactly the same on each PC:
Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start menu; look for Uninstall a program session to uninstall unwanted/unfamiliar browser add-ons, extensions or tool bars from the list:
Step 3: Open Control Panel and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK. This will help show the hidden files of this Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect:
Step 4: Press Windows+R keys together to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor. Delete registry values associating with this redirect virus:
Step 5: Change home pages back from this http://websearch.relevantsearch.info/: (Mozilla Firefox)
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The Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect is a popup on browsers which looks like a regular search tool but it isn’t. It’s categorized as a browser hijacker problem that can get on computers and affect Internet browsers greatly. If you happen to have this popup on browsers, try to get rid of the hijacker instantly. The longer this hijacker stays on, the more troubles it can bring to the machine. The most obvious result of this browser hijacker will be the reset of the affected browser(s) including the startup page(s) and default search engine(s). These sessions, usually set to your favorite, will be automatically reset by this hijacker. Victims will find it difficult to surf online after the virus attack. They are constantly interrupted by all kinds of troubles caused by this hijacker. And their online confidential information could be stolen to help third-parties with their cybercrime activities. Taking all these effects into consideration, an instant removal of the hijacker should be done to prevent all these potential dangers.
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Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on October 16, 2013 9:04 am