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Remove Www-searches.net virus (Tutorial) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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What problems might Www-searches.net browser hijacker cause?

Www-searches.net virus belongs to the group of annoying potentially unwanted programs (PUP) which are capable of hijacking web browser. After the infiltration, it alters attacked browsers’ settings and tries to change users’ browsing habits. This tricky application might replace current homepage and search engine address. Nevertheless, this browser hijacker can sneak inside the system silently; the signs of the infection are loud. After the hijack, users find Www-searches.net on the browser’s startup page. All the attempts to delete this domain and set your preferred one are designed to fail. This PUP might modify shortcuts[1] or install helper objects that allow remaining in the system longer. Www-searches.net browser hijacker looks familiar to another questionable search tool – www-searching.com which has been attacking web browsers for a few years. Both search providers are not reliable and should be terminated as soon as it hijacks your browser. The main problem with fake search engines is that they are used for marketing purposes, and might allow you to browse through insecure online content. If you do not want to suffer from negative features of this PUP, you should remove Www-searches.net with help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. The quicker you scan the system with anti-malware tool, the fewer chances you have to catch other cyber infection.

Www-searches.net virus allows using web, image and video search – just like any ordinary search engine. It also has quick access to the Google, Google Maps, and Facebook. However, quick access to popular sites does not compensate such negative features as the ability to alter search results, provide misleading ads, redirecting to questionable websites and tracking data.[2] The biggest concerns are related to Www-searches.net redirect issues. Some altered search results or ads[3] might lead to the suspicious third-party sites which might be deceptive or infected. While you are browsing through irrelevant and questionable sites, developers generate revenue because each click and visit are worth some money. Indeed, this program works as an online advertising tool. What is more, developers might also profit from collected data about your browsing habits or other personal information. The fact that this search engine does not include EULA and Privacy Policy[4] allows assuming that this app might be tracking information about users and selling it to the third-parties. The problem is that no one knows what data is collected and how it is used. Thus, to avoid privacy-related issues,[5] you should perform Www-searches.net removal.

Questions about Www-searches.net virus

The image of Www-searches.net virusWww-searches.net virus alters targeted browser's settings and forces to use suspicious search tool.

When was my browser hijacked?

The highest possibility that Www-searches.net hijack has occurred during the recent software installation. PUPs spread in the software bundles as extra components. If you install freeware or shareware using Quick or Standard settings, you might allow all third-party apps enter the system. These settings do not openly disclose about additional downloads and install them silently. Only Advanced/Custom settings can protect you from undesired applications. Follow each installation step carefully and look for the checkbox with pre-selected entries. If you rush through the steps, you might overlook such important agreements as “I agree to make Www-searches.net as my default homepage and search engine.” It’s crucial to deselect such entries to avoid unpleasant consequences.

How can I remove Www-searches.net virus from my web browsers?

Using a hijacked web browser is bothersome and risky activity. Thus, you should remove Www-searches.net ASAP. This task can be completed in two ways – manually and automatically. In order to help you to delete this PUP manually, we have prepared illustrated instructions. Follow them carefully and do not leave any hijacker-related component on the system. However, automatic Www-searches.net removal is quicker and simpler than manual. Your preferred security program will detect and eliminate all suspicious entries for you.

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To remove Www-searches.net virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Www-searches.net from Windows systems

Www-searches.net virus might have installed various third-party tools that might help to stay longer on the system. Thus, in order to remove hijacker entirely, you need to delete all hijacker-related entries.

  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 Www-searches.net and related programs
    Here, look for Www-searches.net 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 Www-searches.net 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.

Delete Www-searches.net from Mac OS X system

Usually, Www-searches.net hijacker aims at the Windows OS users. However, if you Mac was hijacked, you should not waste your time, and get rid of it immediately. The instructions below will help you to do that.

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

Remove Www-searches.net from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Www-searches.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

After Www-searches.net hijack, IE reset is necessary. It helps to delete all suspicious add-ons that might have been installed on the browser.

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 Www-searches.net 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 Www-searches.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Www-searches.net virus from Microsoft Edge

Follow the instructions to remove Www-searches.net from the 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 Www-searches.net-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

Get rid of Www-searches.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you find some suspicious third-party entries installed to Mozilla Firefox, uninstall them without consideration. Follow the instructions, to fix Mozilla after the hijack.

  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 Www-searches.net 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 Www-searches.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Www-searches.net from Google Chrome

Go to the list of extensions and delete all add-ons, plugins or toolbars that appeared on Google Chrome without your knowledge. The instructions below will help you to fix the browser. Follow them carefully.

  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 Www-searches.net 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 Www-searches.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Www-searches.net from Safari

Follow the steps below in order to fix Safari after hijack and take back control over your browser.

  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 Www-searches.net 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 Www-searches.net, 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 Www-searches.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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  1. Via says:
    April 11th, 2017 at 7:02 am

    This pest hijacked my browser! I spent hours removing it…

  2. Hannah says:
    April 11th, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I decided to install Reimage. It removed the hijacker, and hopefully it wont let other viruses to infect my pc.

  3. Siobhian says:
    April 11th, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I did not take long for me to remove this hijacker.

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