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Remove World-search.net browser hijacker

By | April 30, 2020

World-search.net is a browser hijacker that hijacks the browser’s new tab, search engine, and homepage in Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chromium Edge, or Microsoft Edge.

After hijacking the web browser settings, the start page and search engine will be replaced with World-search.net.

Users’ web searches, browser history, and other sensitive information are collected by the World-search.net browser hijacker.

World-search.net is usually installed without the knowledge of the user. World-search.net is installed through rogue – malicious software installations that you can download for free from all over the internet.

Adware is a common alias for malware-type applications that infect the computer without the knowledge of the PC user and hijacks the browser settings. World-search.net adware causes unwanted changes in the web browser settings that are usually hard to find for the majority of users.

The most common signs of adware on your computer are unwanted pop-ups and redirects in your browser to suspicious webpages.

World-search.net

World-search.net

Information:
World-search.net: Download Removal Tool
Affected Browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer
Online Security Scan: Google Safe BrowsingNorton Safe Web, McAfee SiteAdvisor.

 

Adware developers usually claim that the World-search.net redirect offers a number of advantages over legitimate search engines.

In reality, World-search.net is designed for in-content advertisements to generate income through pay per click ads within the search results.

The World-search.net search engine does not provide any advantage over legitimate search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.

World-search.net is only built for revenue generation purposes and is dangerous for your online privacy.

How to remove World-search.net?

Use this menu to get rid of World-search.net.

 

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The instructions below apply to Microsoft Windows devices only. Mac OS users should use CleanMyMac or Malwarebytes for Mac to remove World-search.net. Read more in this Mac adware removal instruction.

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Uninstall adware program to get rid of World-search.net

In this first removal step, we will attempt to identify and uninstall World-search.net adware that might have been installed without your knowledge on your computer.

Right-click the Windows Start button and Open Run from the menu.

windows 10 open run

Type: appwiz.cpl to open Windows Control Panel / uninstall programs and features

windows 10 appwiz

Find the recently installed adware application and uninstall the adware.
In the image, you see recently known adware applications associated with the World-search.net browser hijacker.

adware

Information: Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, doing so makes it easier to detect recently installed adware applications and uninstall them.

If you don’t know what to look for, go to this removal step.

Remove World-search.net add-on from Internet Explorer

World-search.net Internet Explorer

In this first step for Internet Explorer, you have to verify if internet explorer is infected with a malicious add-on. Add-ons could be responsible for the World-search.net homepage, the search engine in the Internet Explorer web browser.

Remove World-search.net internet explorer

Choose the wrench button, and from the menu click “Manage add-ons.”

Internet Explorer Extension Removal

Check the add-on list for the World-search.net add-on in Internet Explorer, click “Disable” or “Remove” to delete the add-on.

Continue to the next step.

Remove World-search.net homepage from Internet Explorer

internet explorer options

choose the wrench button, and from the menu, click “Internet options.”

Go to tab General, remove World-search.net, and enter your preferred internet explorer homepage. Save settings with OK.

internet explorer homepage settings

Remove World-search.net search engine from Internet Explorer

change default search engine internet explorer

choose the wrench button, and from the menu click “Manage add-ons.” In the left menu, choose “Search Providers.”

Set the search engine of your choice, Google, Bing, or Yahoo as default and remove World-search.net.

In order to do this, click the search engine you want as your default search “Google” and click the “Set as default” button.

Select World-search.net and click the “Remove” button. When Google, Bing, Yahoo is not listed, click the “Find more search providers” link at the bottom of the Manage Add-ons window and add one.

internet explorer search provider removal

Remove World-search.net from Google Chrome

World-search.net google chrome

Google Chrome users on Mac OS, follow this Adware removal guide for Mac OS
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In this first step for Google Chrome, you need to identify and remove the browser extension responsible for the World-search.net search engine.

Some browser extensions are ad-supported, e.g., adware and might change the homepage or search settings to World-search.net.

If you didn’t install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.

Remove World-search.net chrome

Click the menu button, from the Chrome menu click “More tools” and then “Extensions.”

google chrome browser extension removal

Find the World-search.net browser extension and click the “Remove” button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first.

Continue to the next step.

Remove World-search.net homepage from Google Chrome

Click the Google Chrome menu button, from the Chrome menu go to “Settings.”

google chrome settings menu

In the On startup section, find the World-search.net extension and click “Disable.”

Click the “Open a specific page or set of pages” and check for the World-search.net homepage, if present, select the three vertical dots and click the “Remove” button.

World-search.net chrome

Remove World-search.net search engine from Google Chrome

Click the Google Chrome menu button, from the Chrome menu go to “Settings.”

google chrome open settings

In the “Search engine” section find the “manage search engines” button.

google chrome manage search engines

In the list of search engines, locate the World-search.net search engine.

On the right next to the URL, click the three vertical dots button and select “Remove from list.”

Click the three vertical dots next to Google, Yahoo, or Bing and select “Make default.”

Reset your Google Chrome synced profile

Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services.

If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, the homepage, and World-search.net search engine settings are synced with Google’s servers.

It is important to clean this synchronized cache.

If the user doesn’t clear the synchronized settings, the World-search.net extension and Chrome settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.

Open the Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Click the Reset sync button to clear all of your synced data on Google’s server, confirm with OK.

google chrome reset sync

Restart Google Chrome, if necessary, continue to the next step.

Remove World-search.net add-on from Firefox

World-search.net firefox

In this first step for Firefox, you need to identify and remove any Firefox add-on that is unknown to you.
If you didn’t install any add-on at all, remove all add-ons from Firefox.

Add-ons in Firefox could be ad-supported which basically means an add-on might have installed World-search.net in Firefox.

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Click the Firefox menu button, from the drop-down menu click Add-ons.

adware virus browser extension firefox

Click extensions from the left menu. Identify the World-search.net browser extension.
Click the “Remove” button to delete the extension and get rid of World-search.net.

Remove World-search.net homepage from Firefox

Open the Firefox menu, which can be found in the top right corner. Select “Options” from the menu.

firefox open menu

In the options window, go to Home in the left menu. Remove World-search.net from the Custom URLs textbox, or click the “Restore Defaults” button.

firefox homepage settings

Remove World-search.net search engine from Firefox

In the address bar type about:config and confirm with an Enter. Click the I accept the risk! Button.

firefox about config settings

In the search bar type: moz-extension

right-click on each of the results and select Reset to restore their values to default settings.

firefox moz-extension reset

Restart Firefox, if necessary, continue to the next step.

Remove World-search.net from Chromium Edge

World-search.net microsoft edge

If you encounter World-search.net as your default homepage or search engine in Chromium Edge, follow these instructions.

Open Chromium Edge browser. In the top-right menu, open Settings.

chromium edge settings

In the left menu click on Reset Settings. In the Reset Chromium settings, click on Restore settings to their default values. Click Reset to confirm Chromium Edge reset.

reset chromium edge browser

The Chromium Edge web-browser is reset to default settings. It is important to know there are remnants of the World-search.net browser hijacker on your PC.

I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the browser hijacker does not reinstall, and the World-search.net search engine is entirely removed from the Microsoft Edge web browser and PC.

Remove World-search.net from Microsoft Edge

World-search.net microsoft edge

If you encounter World-search.net as your default homepage or search engine in Microsoft Edge, follow these instructions.

reset microsoft edge - apps and features

Right-click the start button in Windows 10, from the start menu top click Apps and Features.

reset microsoft edge - advanced options

Scroll down through the right Apps and Features list till you see Microsoft Edge, click Advanced options.

reset microsoft edge windows 10

Click on the Reset button to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings. Microsoft Edge reset will clear the browsing history, cookies, and settings. Not the Microsoft Edge favorites web pages.

The Microsoft Edge web-browser is reset to default settings. It is important to know there are remnants of the World-search.net hijacker on your PC.

I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the browser hijacker does not reinstall, and the World-search.net search engine is entirely removed from the Microsoft Edge web browser and PC.

Remove World-search.net adware with Malwarebytes

Get rid of World-search.net with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is free to use, detect and remove the World-search.net redirect from the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge web browser.

World-search.net is a browser hijacker which is a type of malware, Malwarebytes will remove the World-search.net malware from the web browser for free.

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Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start searching for the adware responsible for the World-search.net search engine in the web browser.

malwarebytes main

Malwarebytes will start scanning for malware. Please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.

malwarebytes scanning for malware

Once the malware scan is completed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the World-search.net malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.

Remove World-search.net

Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.

malwarebytes quarantine

Malwarebytes needs to perform a system reboot to finish the World-search.net redirect removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.

malwarebytes reboot

After the system reboot, your web browser is free from the World-search.net browser hijacker.

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Max
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. Every day I blog about new adware threats as they are released. I am also active in various online communities to help people with their computer problems. Stay safe!

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