Remove WebSearch Toolbar
Removal instructions

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WebSearch Toolbar is also known as WebSearch virus, WebSearch Toolbar hijack | Type: Browser Plugins

What is WebSearch Toolbar?

WebSearch Toolbar is a potentially unwanted program, which is spread around as a very useful application that can be used for searching the web. No matter how trustworthy it looks, you should be very careful with this toolbar. We say so because, according to its developer, 'by installing the Service you understand and agree that the following changes may be made to your Internet Explorer browser and that the following functions may be performed by the Service: install a Search Toolbar in your browser which may (i) block certain pop-up ads and pages; (ii) display links to related websites and keywords based on the information you view and the websites you visit; (iii) store non-personally identifiable statistics of the websites you have visited; (iv) redirect certain URL's including your browser default address bar search, DNS error page and Search Button page to or through the Service and; (v) automatically update the Service and install added features or functionality conveniently without your input or interaction unless you have chose to be notified of such update in advance.' This means that WebSearch Toolbar may not only alter your start page or default search engine. It may also start blocking your favorite websites and then may cause redirects to affiliate sites. What is promoted using this program can hardly be known, so you must be very careful with WebSearch Toolbar redirects. Besides, you may notice that each of your search sessions is interrupted by annoying pop-up ads and that each of your web browsers is slower than it used to be. These things may also be caused by this questionable program. Finally, you should also know that this toolbar may start tracking your browsing and may collect your search terms and other personally non-identifiable information. As you can see, it's worth being very careful with such programs as WebSearch Toolbar. If it has appeared on your computer out of nowhere, you should definitely check your computer with SpyHunter or other reputable anti-spyware.

How can WebSearch Toolbar hijack my computer?

If you want to avoid unexpected appearance of WebSearch Toolbar on each of your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.), you should be very careful when installing free program on your computer because there are hundreds of the ones that have been involved to its distribution. Of course, they do that in exchange for money. Fortunately, you can do something for avoiding adwares, browser hijackers and similar questionable applications. First of all, don't be impatient and ead Privacy Policy, End User's license agreement and similar information. If you see that everything looks fine, then you should select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. This will help you to see 'optional' components that may be trying to infiltrate your computer. Of course, you should opt out of them if you want to avoid WebSearch redirects, slowdowns, annoying pop-up ads and similar activities. if you have recently discovered this program on your computer, you should remove it.

How to remove WebSearch virus?

WebSearch Toolbar properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

Automatic WebSearch Toolbar Removal Guide

You can remove WebSearch Toolbar automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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WebSearch Toolbar manual removal

Delete registry values:
'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{6A85D97D-665D-4825-8341-9501AD9F56A3}'
'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{6A85D97D-665D-4825-8341-9501AD9F56A3}'

WebSearch Toolbar Removal Process

Step 1

Uninstall WebSearch Toolbar and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Windows 8
  • 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.
Uninstall WebSearch Toolbar and related programs
  • Here, look for WebSearch Toolbar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

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 Toolbar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2

Remove WebSearch Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar 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 Toolbar, 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 Toolbar removal process.

Geolocation of WebSearch Toolbar

Map reveals the prevalence of WebSearch Toolbar. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

Information added: 01/07/15 03:51; information updated: 01/07/15 03:51

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Comments on WebSearch Toolbar

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Ethics
Why isnt anybody upfront about their so called free or trial programs that wont fix the problem till you pay something? Im not complaining about paying for it but it would be nice to know that the trial version only detects and doesnt remove the problem before downloading and installing it. They wanted about $40 for me to register it so I uninstalled it and was sent to a web page where they offered it to me for $10. It saves not to jump at the 1st thing that comes along lol.
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Guest
What is Websearch Toolbar anyway. Will it screw up me going to any sites? So annoying all the spayware scans keep comeing up.
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Guest
Websearch is a real pain. I mean a real pain!!!!!! Can not get rid of it.

JB
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Guest
I think I may have found a solution, just open up MS DOS Prompt and enter the following:-

del {6A85D97D-665D-4825-8341-9501AD9F56A3}.*

Click enter and there shouldnt be any error messages and Im pretty sure it goes away, I typed in del CWS_NS3.* in MS Dos Prompt and it never came up in Spy Sweeper again =D
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Guest
No matter how often my Spysweeper software finds it, it come back immediately. Help!
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charlie
Glad you're here! This is what I have to do when I leave my computer on for my kids to play with. I guess we have to have a meeting.
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syed
man, my little sister accidently pressed accept and now I cant get rid of it, thank God for this site :D
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user
it sucks. No uninstall comes with it.

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