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Remove WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug (Free Instructions) - Removal Guide

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WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug – a browser hijacker which modifies the search provider, new tab, and browser's main page

WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug PUP

WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug is considered as a PUP which infiltrates users' machines using a stealth technique called bundling. Web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Google Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Safari can be affected by this browser-hijacking[1] app. Once installed, the dubious program changes various settings of browsers. The default search engine, new tab URL, and homepage turn to hxxp:// Users are forced to search via the new engine every time they enter a search request.

Name WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug
Family WebSearch
Type Browser hijacker/PUP
Danger level Low. Only browsers are hijacked
Affects browsers such as  Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Edge, etc.
Distributes by Software bundling
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For some people, this app might seem useful as it provides access to popular sites. However, do not get tricked. Such a program is beneficial only for its developers, but not the end user. WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug authors seek to gain money by displaying sponsored content to users, although this activity damages their web browsing experience. In most cases, they use a pay-per-click scheme, which makes eve accidental clicks profitable.

This potentially unwanted program is also capable of gathering various non-personal details. That kind of information is usually related to users' browsing activity:

  • Websites visited;
  • Links clicked;
  • Search queries;
  • Bookmarks;
  • IP;
  • Etc.

In rare cases, the browser-hijacking app might even collect some personal information for the monetary benefit[2]. So, if you ever encounter such PUP, better perform the WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug removal as fast as possible in order to avoid further damaging consequences. The process will only take up to a couple of minutes if you opt for the automatic elimination option.

Nevertheless, WebSearch Toolbar hijack might produce numerous ads. Even the search results are affected, and sponsored links populate the browser. Additionally, browser hijackers employ layer ads that conceal the content of the original website, diminishing web surfing experience even further.

Because of a large number of ads generated, the system might struggle to cope and slow down significantly. What is more, the internet speed could be affected as well.

To avoid overfilling ads, remove WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug virus from your computer and browser. We advise using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or any other similar cleaning tool.

WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug hijackWebSearch Toolbar.emailplug is a PUP which has a purpose to gain income for the owners. Keep your browser safe from hijacks

If you are wondering, how to stay away from potentially unwanted programs, carefully read the following paragraphs. The general rule is being cautious when browsing the internet and installing applications. Sneaky programs might be waiting for you in places you do not expect them.

Browser-hijacking apps often come bundled with other software. According to tech researchers[3], they are bundled together with shareware and freeware. Free software developers and PUP authors both benefit from this technique, as it allows to monetize on the app, as well as increase its popularity. 

To avoid the questionable software bundling technique, you need to be attentive while installing software. First of all, make sure you never rush and click the “Next” button several times without looking. When prompted, always click on Custom/Advanced mode instead of Recommended one. This will allow you to get rid of all optional installs, such as add-ons, toolbars, browser extensions, media players, PDF converters, system optimization tools and other useless programs.

We also advise you avoid third-party websites when it comes to the software download. Questionable websites can store dangerous malware and can hide under legitimate names. Thus, only pick legitimate sources.

Delete WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug from your browser

To remove WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug virus form browsers manually, you need to eliminate all PUP-added toolbars, browser extensions, questionable apps, and plug-ins. You can see the guide of this method below this article.

Another way to perform the WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug removal is by downloading and installing an anti-malware tool. Such programs are considered as reliable help and strongly recommended by experts as they can help you deal with various cyber threats by giving guidance during the process. It will take only a few minutes to get rid of the browser hijacker infection from your computer.

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To remove WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug, follow these steps:

Erase WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug from Windows systems

To remove the WebSearch hijack from your Windows OS, follow these steps:

  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 Toolbar.emailplug and related programs
    Here, look for WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug 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 Toolbar.emailplug 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 '' 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.

Get rid of WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug from Mac OS X system

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

Remove WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug from Applications folder:

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

Delete WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug from Internet Explorer (IE)

Eliminate all traces of browser hijacker from 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 Toolbar.emailplug 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,
  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 Toolbar.emailplug removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug 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 Toolbar.emailplug-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

Eliminate WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox the following 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 WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug 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 Toolbar.emailplug removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug 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 Toolbar.emailplug 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 Toolbar.emailplug removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase WebSearch Toolbar.emailplug 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 Toolbar.emailplug 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 Toolbar.emailplug, 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 Toolbar.emailplug removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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