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Remove Webofsearch.com virus (Simple Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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The activity of Webofsearch.com browser hijacker raises concerns

Webofsearch.com virus

Webofsearch.com is a search website that suggests changing the background behind the search box into a preferable picture or filling it with a solid color. At the first sight, it seems like a regular search site that is quite fun to use, however, the reality is different. It is related to yet another questionable browser-hijacking tool[1] developed by Bontio Inc.

The goal of this article is to analyze the activity of Search.searchquickm.com browser redirect virus and explain why it sets hxxp://Webofsearch.com/ as default search provider and homepage in your browser.

The first disadvantage of this search tool is that it serves altered search results. Although it directs you to Bing page filled with search results[2], be aware that these might be altered. In other words, they might contain paid links leading to external sites that this hijacker seeks to advertise.

Each time you click on a search result provided by Web Of Search’s sponsors, you risk entering a potentially dangerous Internet site. At the same time, you earn pay-per-click revenue for Bontio Media. However, you should think about your priorities and computer’s security and ask yourself whether you really want to receive altered search results instead of useful and organic ones.

Another worrisome fact is that the described search tool is very interested in user’s behavior. Usually, it tracks user’s search queries, although, with a help of tracking cookies, it can find out one’s:

  • IP address;
  • Browsing history;
  • Geolocation and other pieces of data.

The activity of this hijacker is highly intrusive and should not be tolerated. If you do not want to be tracked as a user, remove Webofsearch.com hijacker right now. For that, you may want to use Webofsearch.com removal guide we provided or ReimageIntego software, which guarantees an even quicker and safer spyware removal[3].

Webofsearch.com browser hijackerWebofsearch.com browser hijacker is developed by Bontio, Inc. Researchers suggest removing this program as soon as it is possible because it modifies search results just to integrate sponsored content and redirect users to predetermined websites.

Avoid running into fake search engines on a daily basis

Fake search engines can be placed instead of your homepage right after installing a couple of free programs. It happens because the majority of freeware suggest adding extra components alongside them. It is believed that they earn pay-per-install revenue by promoting these applications. However, it doesn’t mean that these apps are safe to use or have on your PC.

We highly recommend that you uncheck all suggestions to install extra programs added to your preferred one. To do this, you must choose Custom or Advanced software installation option. Once you do it, deselect every statement urging you to get “recommended” programs along with your chosen software.

Deleting Webofsearch.com redirect virus in an easy way

You can remove Webofsearch.com virus from Chrome and other affected browsers manually or automatically. The automatic removal option guarantees the accuracy; therefore you won’t have to worry about files or programs that you may have overlooked when trying to delete the hijacker manually.

However, if you are careful enough, you can eliminate the hijacker manually just as successfully as using anti-malware software. Using anti-malware software usually implies a more efficient Webofsearch.com removal, however, if you follow instructions provided by our experts, the hijacker should be gone in less than 10 minutes. Good luck!

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To remove Webofsearch.com virus, follow these steps:

Erase Webofsearch.com from Windows systems

To remove Webofsearch.com virus, uninstall all software developed by Bontio, Inc. To locate these programs, navigate to Control Panel. Here's what you need to do.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall Webofsearch.com and related programs
    Here, look for Webofsearch.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Webofsearch.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

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.

Eliminate Webofsearch.com from Mac OS X system

Check Applications folder to remove any programs related to Webofsearch. Drag them to Trash.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Webofsearch.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Webofsearch.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Webofsearch.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Webofsearch.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Webofsearch.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Webofsearch.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Webofsearch.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Webofsearch.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Webofsearch.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Webofsearch.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Webofsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean up Firefox after Web Of Search hijack this way:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Webofsearch.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Webofsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Webofsearch.com from Google Chrome

To eliminate the hijacker from Chrome, delete extensions that you can't remember adding to the browser. Once you delete them, check values added to “On Startup” and “Default search” settings.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Webofsearch.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Webofsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Webofsearch.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Webofsearch.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Webofsearch.com, 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. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. 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 Webofsearch.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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