There are many types of malware, the most common type is the web browser hijacker. The browser hijacker like Wisesearches.com have a negative impact on the functioning of your system by modifying settings of installed browsers. The main function of any browser hijacker is reroute you to an undesired web page, instead of the one that you want to visit. Even if you try to manually open your home page, your web browser is anyway display another page.
While redirecting, your browser’s status bar may show the following messages: ‘Waiting for Wisesearches.com’, ‘Transferring data from Wisesearches.com’, ‘Looking up Wisesearches.com’, ‘Read Wisesearches.com’, ‘Connected to Wisesearches.com’.
As mentioned above, the Wisesearches.com hijacker infection also modifies the web browser’s search engine. So, your web-browser, when searching something, will display a hodgepodge of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad web sites and search results from the big search engines like Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a web-browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. Moreover, it can also lead to slowing or even freeze your internet browser.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain browser hijackers such as Wisesearches.com to also alter all internet browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every affected shortcut will try to redirect your web-browser to annoying pages, certain of which might be harmful. It can make the whole machine more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
To find out how to delete Wisesearches.com redirect, we recommend to read the instructions added to this article below. The guide was prepared by experienced security professionals who discovered a method to delete the annoying Wisesearches.com hijacker infection out of the system.
In the steps below, we will try to cover the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and provide general help to remove Wisesearches.com . You may find some minor differences in your Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: delete all suspicious and unknown software, reset browsers settings, fix web browsers shortcuts, use free malware removal tools. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to exit your web browser or reboot your PC.
To remove Wisesearches.com, complete the steps below:
- Remove Wisesearches.com search without any utilities
- How to remove Wisesearches.com with freeware
- How to block Wisesearches.com search
- Do not know how your web browser has been hijacked by Wisesearches.com browser hijacker infection?
- To sum up
Remove Wisesearches.com search without any utilities
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Wisesearches.com from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer.
Removing the Wisesearches.com, check the list of installed software first
Some of potentially unwanted software, adware and hijacker can be removed using the Add/Remove programs utility which is located in the Microsoft Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re running any version of Microsoft Windows and you have noticed an unwanted program, then first try to get rid of it through Add/Remove programs.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, press the Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will show the Windows Control Panel as shown below.
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all programs installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and delete any dubious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort apps by date in the Control panel.
Fix hijacked browsers shortcuts to delete Wisesearches.com
Unfortunately, the browser hijacker responsible for Wisesearches.com , can also hijack Windows shortcut files (mostly, your web-browsers shortcuts), so that the Wisesearches.com startpage will be shown when you run the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and IE or another web browser.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut file that you use to launch your web-browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut file for the web browser that is re-directed to the Wisesearches.com or other undesired web-page.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The hijacker which cause a redirect to Wisesearches.com site can modify the contents of this field, which describes the file to be launch when you launch your internet browser. Depending on the browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text similar to “http://site.addres” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as displayed on the screen below.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you start the web-browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically reroute on the Wisesearches.com page or any other unwanted sites. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Delete Wisesearches.com start page from Firefox
Launch the Mozilla Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the internet browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed on the image below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection that redirects your browser to intrusive Wisesearches.com web page. Once, it is complete, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Wisesearches.com from Internet Explorer
First, open the IE, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the image 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 prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will delete browser hijacker responsible for redirecting your web browser to Wisesearches.com web site, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like newtab, startpage and search engine by default to default state.
Delete Wisesearches.com redirect from Chrome
If your Google Chrome internet browser is re-directed to unwanted Wisesearches.com page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web-browser program to its default settings.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed addons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Google Chrome main menu again, press to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown in the following example and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
How to remove Wisesearches.com with freeware
The easiest way to get rid of Wisesearches.com browser hijacker infection is to run an anti malware program capable of detecting browser hijackers including Wisesearches.com. We recommend try Zemana or another free malicious software remover that listed below. It has excellent detection rate when it comes to ad supported software, browser hijackers and other PUPs.
How to remove Wisesearches.com with Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM)
You can get rid of Wisesearches.com automatically with a help of Zemana AntiMalware. We recommend this malicious software removal utility because it can easily remove browser hijackers, PUPs, adware and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Download Zemana on your computer by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your PC. Double-click the install file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed on the screen below.
Now press the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) utility will start scanning the whole computer to find out browser hijacker that causes browsers to display annoying Wisesearches.com site. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your PC. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted programs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished.
As the scanning ends, Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will show a list of detected threats. All detected items will be marked. You can remove them all by simply click “Next” button. The Zemana will begin to remove hijacker responsible for redirecting your internet browser to Wisesearches.com web-page. After the task is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
Scan and clean your computer of browser hijacker with Malwarebytes
We advise using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to detect and get rid of Wisesearches.com startpage from your system. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
Download MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) on your PC from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the downloading process is done, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will try to update itself and when this process is done, press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the hijacker related to Wisesearches.com redirect. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the MalwareBytes AntiMalware utility is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malware. Next, you need to click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Free is a free program that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal utility, we suggest you to read and follow the step by step tutorial or the video guide below.
Scan your computer and get rid of Wisesearches.com search with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free utility that can identify hijacker that cause Wisesearches.com web site to appear. It is not always easy to locate all the undesired software that your computer might have picked up on the Net. AdwCleaner will detect the ad supported software, browser hijackers and other malware you need to erase.
Click the following link to download the latest version of AdwCleaner for MS Windows. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: June 30, 2021
When downloading is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as on the image below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to open the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” . AdwCleaner tool will begin scanning the whole computer to find out hijacker responsible for modifying your web browser settings to Wisesearches.com. Depending on your machine, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the AdwCleaner program is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified as threat.
Once the system scan is done, AdwCleaner will open a scan report as shown in the following example.
Review the results once the tool has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will get rid of hijacker responsible for redirects to Wisesearches.com. After finished, the tool may ask you to restart your personal computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to block Wisesearches.com search
Enabling an ad-blocker application like AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocker programs will also protect you from harmful advertisements and web sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Wisesearches.com and similar web-sites.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as on the image 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 tutorial as shown in the figure below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, sites such Wisesearches.com, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
Do not know how your web browser has been hijacked by Wisesearches.com browser hijacker infection?
To sum up
Now your computer should be free of the hijacker responsible for redirects to Wisesearches.com. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana (to periodically scan your PC system for new browser hijackers and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted advertisements and malicious web-pages). Moreover, to prevent browser hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to look for PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Wisesearches.com search related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.