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Remove Websearch.SearchRocket.info

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Websearch.SearchRocket.info hijack, Websearch.SearchRocket.info redirect | Type: Browser hijacker

What is Websearch.searchrocket.info?

Websearch.searchrocket.info is a sneaky search engine, which is has also been labeled as a browser hijacker. You should be very careful with it because it may show you altered search results when it is used for searching the web. In addition, it may show you lots of commercial ads and links in its search results that may redirect you to unknown and suspicious websites. If you want to avoid them, you should use only reputable search sites, such as Google, Yahoo or Bing. If Websearch.searchrocket.info gets into its target PC system, it may start its activity with system’s modifications that can easily make you look at a new start page or default search engine. In addition, it may start causing redirects on each of your web browsers that seek only to trick people into visiting predetermined websites. Be sure that it is done not for letting you know about these unknown domains. This is done for helping these websites to increase their page rank or sales. In addition, some of them may be filled with useless programs that are seeking to increase their popularity, so you should try to avoid Websearch.searchrocket.info redirects as hard as you can. Otherwise, you can be redirected to malicious website that promotes malware. Besides, this search engine is similar to other search sites, so there is no surprise that it is capable of tracking people’s browsing activity and collecting such data as their mostly visited websites and data that they enter when visiting them. No matter that such information is considered as personally non-identifiable, you should be very careful with programs that have ability to collect it because you can never know what parties are capable of reaching it. If Websearch.searchrocket.info has just appeared on your web browser, you should scan your PC with anti-sptyware and remove suspicious files form the system. We recommend using such tools as ReimageIntego (Windows OS), Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Windows and Mac OS X).

How can Websearch.searchrocket.info hijack my computer?

Websearch.searchrocket.info search engine is promoted via two different methods. You can make it your start page or defualt search engine consciously or not. If you want to prevent unexpected infiltration of this browser hijacker, you should start monitoring installation of the freeware. If you don’t monitor this process, you can easily find out that Websearch.searchrocket.info infiltrated your PC system and now is waiting for your first search session. If you want to avoid that, you have to double check each of freewares before their installation. For that you should select Custom or Advanced installation method. In addition, make sure you have an updated anti-virus and anti-spyware on your computer if you want to prevent such PUPs like this one. As soon as it gets inside, it may easily alter your system’s settings and may also modify each of your browsers. This may cause continuous redirections to unknown websites, slow downs and other issues. Please, don’t use this unfair search engine for your search sessions! If you have already been affected by it, you should use a guide below and fix your computer.

HOW TO REMOVE Websearch.searchrocket.info VIRUS?

In order to get rid of Websearch.searchrocket.info redirects, you should scan your PC with updated anti-spyware or follow these instructions:

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To remove Websearch.SearchRocket.info, follow these steps:

Delete Websearch.SearchRocket.info from Windows systems

  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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info and related programs
    Here, look for Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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.

Remove Websearch.SearchRocket.info from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Websearch.SearchRocket.info from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Websearch.SearchRocket.info-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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info, 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Websearch.SearchRocket.info-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info-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

Erase Websearch.SearchRocket.info from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Websearch.SearchRocket.info from Google Chrome

  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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.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. 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 Websearch.SearchRocket.info removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Robert says:
    July 23rd, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Your removal instructions are not as simple as that. There are at least a dozen, if not more, registry entries that keep Websearch.searchrocket.info redirect virus alive and well. You will need a program called SpyHunter 4 (best choice) or Anvi Slim ToolBar (second choice) to fully remove the entire virus which include registry entries, folders and files on your computer.

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