Remove Websearch.searchboxes.info
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Websearch.searchboxes.info | Type: Browser Hijackers

Websearch.searchboxes.info is a search site, which is often accused for browser's redirections and annoying pop-up ads that show up every time user starts browsing on the Internet. Technically, it is not a virus, but there are many PC users who call this site 'browser hijacker' or 'redirect virus'. Please, don't use Websearch.searchboxes.info if it has appeared on your browsers out of nowhere. After infiltrating computers in a bundle with third party software, it can easily start showing up as a start page and default search engine. In addition, it may start returning altered search results and also track your browsing habits for marketing purpose. Be sure that these activities are illegal and should never be ignored. 

WHY AM I REDIRECTED TO Websearch.searchboxes.info?

As we have mentioned, Websearch.searchboxes.info can infiltrate computer in a bundle with third party software. If you want to prevent its infiltration, you should be very careful when downloading freeware and shareware, such as download-managers or PDF creators. When downloading such application, we highly recommend monitoring every installation window and reading every sentence, which is displayed on it. If you see unknown entries and conditions, eliminate them. Once inside, Websearch.searchboxes.info is typically set as a start page and default search engine. If you search the web with its help, you can be easily rerouted to potentially malicious website. Please, stay away from this search engine and use more reputable search site to make sure that you receive fair search results.

HOW TO REMOVE Websearch.searchboxes.info?

If you want to remove Websearch.searchboxes.info from your computer, you should firstly remove this program via Add/Remove Programs list. For that:

Automatic Websearch.searchboxes.info Removal Guide

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Manual Websearch.searchboxes.info Removal Guide

Step 1

Uninstall Websearch.searchboxes.info and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Websearch.searchboxes.info or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Websearch.searchboxes.info or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2

Remove Websearch.searchboxes.info from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3

Remove Websearch.searchboxes.info from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Websearch.searchboxes.info and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Websearch.searchboxes.info removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Websearch.searchboxes.info and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Websearch.searchboxes.info removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Websearch.searchboxes.info and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Websearch.searchboxes.info removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for Websearch.searchboxes.info or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Websearch.searchboxes.info, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Websearch.searchboxes.info removal process.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Websearch.searchboxes.info:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

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Information added: 2014-09-11 04:29
Information updated: 2014-09-11 04:29

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Users comments about Websearch.searchboxes.info:

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Char
I had same problem. Computer would not run-Usually Chrome is my choice, but would not work tonight so opened internet explorer and found websearch in the addons, still working on getting it off tool bar.
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Shane McMahon
websearch.searchbox.info does not show up in the add/remove programs list. following the instructions regarding google chrome settings above did not remove it from my laptop. I also tried Spybot and malwarebytes which failed to remove it.
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