Maybe you haven’t hear of the Websrch.net web site. But when you launch your web-browser such as Chrome, IE, FF and MS Edge the Websrch.net is shown. And the unwanted page can appear again and again, even you close it. This might be a sign that your system is affected with a browser hijacker. The hijacker can modify web browser setting like start page, newtab page and default search provider in order to show automatically the undesired Websrch.net web page instead of your start page. You will be annoyed about it. Such as other unwanted software, the browser hijacker can display advertisements without your’s permission, and these intrusive ads is hard to shut down. Even worse, the Websrch.net site can collect your’s confidential information to get profit.
Except that the Websrch.net introduces changes to internet browser’s home page and newtab, it also changes your search provider, which leads to the fact that use of the web-browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of a lot of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad web pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from well-known search providers like Google or Bing.
Some browser hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which can display unwanted ads or collect lots of personal info about you that can be transferred third party companies. These unwanted ads can be shown as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video ads, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the adware is created to open ads, but certain ad-supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect lots of your personal information.
The instructions below explaining steps to get rid of Websrch.net problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the browser hijacker infection that may attack Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other popular browsers. The step by step tutorial will help you revert back your some settings of installed browsers that previously changed by hijacker.
Remove Websrch.net from browser
Fortunately, we’ve an effective method that will assist you manually or/and automatically remove Websrch.net from your personal computer and bring your internet browser settings, including homepage, newtab and default search provider, back to normal. Below you’ll find a removal guidance with all the steps you may need to successfully remove this browser hijacker and its traces. Certain of the steps below will require you to close this web page. So, please read the instructions carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Websrch.net, follow the steps below:
- Remove Websrch.net redirect without any tools
- How to automatically remove Websrch.net hijacker
- Block Websrch.net homepage and other unwanted sites
- How can you prevent your PC from the attack of Websrch.net hijacker
- To sum up
Remove Websrch.net redirect without any tools
Most common hijackers may be removed without any antivirus applications. The manual browser hijacker infection removal is few simple steps that will teach you how to get rid of the Websrch.net redirect.
Uninstall Websrch.net related applications through the Control Panel of your machine
In order to get rid of Websrch.net, first thing you need to do is to remove unknown and suspicious applications from your machine using MS Windows control panel. When deleting this browser hijacker, check the list of installed programs and try to find suspicious applications and delete them all. Pay special attention to recently installed software, as it’s most probably that the Websrch.net browser hijacker сame along with it.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications installed on your personal computer. Scroll through the all list, and delete any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Remove Websrch.net from Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting your Mozilla Firefox is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your web browser program, including the redirect to Websrch.net web page.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as displayed on the image below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection which cause Websrch.net web-site to appear. When, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Delete Websrch.net from Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer browser settings like homepage, newtab page and default search provider having been hijacked, then you may return your settings, via the reset web-browser procedure.
First, open the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove browser hijacker which cause Websrch.net page to appear, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings such as start page, newtab and search engine by default to default state.
Delete Websrch.net redirect from Chrome
If your Chrome browser is rerouted to unwanted Websrch.net web page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web browser program to its default settings.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will show the Google Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The browser will open the settings screen. Another method to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as displayed on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation prompt as shown in the figure below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web-browser will start the process of cleaning. After it’s complete, the browser’s settings including homepage, newtab and default search engine back to the values which have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your system.
How to automatically remove Websrch.net hijacker
If you are not expert at machine technology, then we recommend to use free removal tools listed below to remove Websrch.net for good. The automatic method is highly recommended. It has less steps and easier to implement than the manual solution. Moreover, it lower risk of system damage. So, the automatic Websrch.net removal is a better option.
How to remove Websrch.net with Zemana AntiMalware
Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) is a free application for MS Windows operating system to detect and delete PUPs, adware, harmful internet browser extensions, browser toolbars, and other undesired applications like browser hijacker that causes web-browsers to display undesired Websrch.net web-site, installed on your PC system.
- Download Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
- Once the downloading process is finished, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is complete, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker responsible for redirects to Websrch.net. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the Zemana Anti-Malware utility is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malware.
- When that process is finished, Zemana Free will display a screen that contains a list of malware that has been found. Review the scan results and then press “Next”. Once disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your machine.
Use Malwarebytes to remove hijacker
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to scan for and get rid of Websrch.net from your machine. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the system.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
After the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your system. Double-click the set up file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware on your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button for scanning your PC system for the Websrch.net hijacker infection and other browser’s harmful extensions. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished.
After that process is finished, a list of all items detected is produced. All detected items will be marked. You can delete them all by simply click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will start to delete hijacker which cause a redirect to Websrch.net web-site. Once that process is done, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Free to get rid of ad supported software, browser hijacker and other malware.
Double-check for potentially unwanted applications with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility that can be downloaded and use to remove hijackers, ad-supported software, malware, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your PC. You may use this tool to detect threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Click the link below to download the latest version of AdwCleaner for Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: September 24, 2018
When the downloading process is done, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as displayed below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to open the application, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” to start scanning your computer for the hijacker responsible for redirects to Websrch.net. During the scan AdwCleaner will detect all threats present on your computer.
When the system scan is done, the results are displayed in the scan report as shown in the figure below.
All found items will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply press “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will get rid of browser hijacker which cause a redirect to Websrch.net web-site. Once that process is complete, the utility may ask you to reboot your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
Block Websrch.net homepage and other unwanted sites
It’s important to use ad-blocker programs like AdGuard to protect your machine from harmful pages. Most security experts says that it’s okay to block advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard may to block Websrch.net and other undesired web sites.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
Once downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance as shown in the following example.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your machine, AdGuard will run automatically and block ads, pages such Websrch.net, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your PC from the attack of Websrch.net hijacker
To sum up
Now your PC system should be clean of the Websrch.net hijacker and other browser’s malicious plugins. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana Free (to periodically scan your PC for new hijackers and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up ads and malicious pages). Moreover, to prevent browser hijacker infections, please stay clear of unknown and third party software, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to detect PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Websrch.net start page related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.