Remove WebSearch.com (WebSearch Toolbar) – Removal Guide




WebSearch Toolbar created by WebSearch LLC is a browser extension, plugin or addon for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, also called a Browser Helper Object for Internet Explorer. The WebSearch Toolbar will replace or hijack your default homepage to WebSearch.com and the search results are promoted by WebSearch.

The WebSearch toolbar is bundled during the installation process of free or shareware downloads by download managers, or can be downloaded from WebSearch.com. This PUP – Potentially Unwanted Program is not a malicious process, but it’s build to promote services, advertisements and should not be bundled during the installation process to trick users into installing it without a decent notice.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast through the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers an Advanced, Custom or Decline button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.




How To Remove WebSearch Toolbar

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Please note that all the software we offer to remove WebSearch toolbar is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to remove the WebSearch toolbar.

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfuly remove WebSearch toolbar.
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop.

Removal Steps for WebSearch.com Toolbar

Step 1 – Remove WebSearch Toolbar from your computer

Step 2 – Remove WebSearch Toolbar extension from your browser

Step 3 – Remove WebSearch Toolbar using AdwCleaner

Step 4 – Remove WebSearch Toolbar files using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove WebSearch toolbar from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser.

Please use restoring to default settings only if anything else fails.
Step 5 – Optional: Reset browser settings

STEP 1 – Remove WebSearch Windows XP or Windows 7

  • Select Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Goto Programs
  • Select Uninstall a program

windows 7 - uninstall software

Remove WebSearch toolbar

Search for WebSearch Toolbar and click the Uninstall button

websearch com toolbar

Remove WebSearch from Windows 8

Drag your mouse to the right edge of the screen. Goto Search and type “Control Panel
Select Control Panel on the left.

windows 8 - control panel - uninstall

Goto ProgramsUninstall a program

windows 8 - control panel - uninstall software

Search for WebSearch Toolbar and click the Uninstall button

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STEP 2 – Remove WebSearch toolbar from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

internet-explorer-logo1Internet Explorer.

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Manage Addons
  4. Goto tab Toolbars and Extensions
  5. Select WebSearch Toolbar
  6. Click Disable button
    Optional: If the malware is still there, consider resetting Internet Explorer to default settings.

google-chrome-logoGoogle Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. type in the address bar: http://chrome:extensions or (Goto the 3 stripes in the top right corner, select Settings and on the left side: Extensions)
  3. Remove WebSearch Toolbar by clicking the trash can icon, right next to the browser extension.
  4. Restart Google Chrome
    Optional: If the malware is still there, consider resetting Google Chrome to default settings.

mozilla-firefox-logoMozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the Big Orange Firefox button in top left corner, Select Add-ons
  3. Remove WebSearch Toolbar by clicking the Remove button or Disable button
  4. Restart Mozilla Firefox
    Optional: If the malware is still there, consider resetting Mozilla Firefox to default settings.

STEP 3 – Remove WebSearch toolbar using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from toolbar, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

Remove WebSearch toolbar - AdwCleaner

If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

Remove WebSearch toolbar

Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

Remove WebSearch toolbar

AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

Remove WebSearch toolbar

AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or toolbar.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

– Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
– When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
– If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
– Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

STEP 4 – Remove WebSearch Toolbar files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

  • Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
  • Perform a Quick Scan
  • when scan is done, right click in the results and select “Check all items
  • Click “Remove Selected” button

Remove malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free

  • Reboot your computer
  • Enjoy a malware free computer.

(Optional) Reset browser settings for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

Sometimes it is advised to restore your browser to default settings, as this threat is installed by many different applications. Restoring is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of this threat. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  • Select Internet Options

internet explorer reset

  • Goto tab Advanced
  • Select Reset button

internet explorer reset

  • Enable Delete personal Settings
  • Click Reset button

internet explorer reset

  • Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  • Select Settings

google chrome - reset

  • Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings

google chrome - reset

  • Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button

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  • Click Reset once more

google chrome - reset

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  • Open Mozilla Firefox
  • Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  • Select Help > Troubleshooting information

firefox reset

  • Select Reset Firefox

firefox reset

  • Confirm Reset Firefox

firefox reset

  • Select Finish
  • Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart

Article published on — by Max Reisler

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