Remove Websearch.resulthunters.info

 

How Harmful is Websearch.resulthunters.info

This is a virus of the browser hijacker category. Although you should remove it fast, it isn’t the most threatening of the bunch, because it is mainly the gateway through which other viruses come in. So if you are reacting fast and you detected the virus, you shouldn’t really have any problems. You can just skip ahead to the How To Remove Section, but I think it would be in you best interests to read the rest I will disclose here. It should be more than helpful in avoiding viruses in the future.

Websearch-resulthunters-info

The first thing I should note is to NEVER update anything that you PC asks you. This absolutely Websearch.resulthunters.info in disguise. It is the oldest trick malware use to infiltrate systems. This is the key – they have no way of allowing their buddies inside unless you give permission. So if you never give permission until you remove the virus, you should be perfectly fine. The real big issue with this virus is that there is no way to know what kind of other malware it will download (if it succeeds in manipulating you). There are chilling tales that some viruses start collecting personal information, passwords, navigation history etc. This information is conserved and later send to whoever created the virus. Which could lead to disastrous consequences if all of you personal files fall victim to whoever created Websearch.resulthunters.info.

How Websearch.resulthunters.info Works

As I mentioned, this is a browser hijacker. So the first thing it does is to change your homepage and search engine. Numerous  advertisements are displayed on each page as long as the virus remains. And unfortunately no one has managed to find a way how to shut them off without removing the whole extension. That’s because no such way has been built. This should speak enough about the intentions of the people who created the thing.

Something else notable is that, like adware, Websearch.resulthunters.info slows down the CPU of your PC, which could lead to freezing, system shutdowns, browser crashing and numerous glitches. Generally everything you do will take longer and be slower. The only good news with here is that once you remove the virus, these effects will fade away as well.

How Websearch.resulthunters.info Entered My Computer

The first crack browser hijackers manage to slither in through are spam email. Many users fall prey when they discover they’ve received email from seemingly legitimate and “serious” institutions. Once you open the emails there are usually attachments – if you open those, you’ve allowed the virus in. There is however one very prominent alternative, which is by far the more common way Websearch.resulthunters.info marches through your front door. That is when it is installed with another program. If you can recall downloading some kind of free utility, toolbar, extension etc. that seemed useful, it is probably the guilty party that snuck in the virus. This happens through the process called bundling. The steps during the installation process asked you if you want to include the bonus, which is a malware in this case, but you were either not looking or chose Express install, which always includes the virus.

How To Remove Websearch.resulthunters.info

What follows is a  several step guide on how to easily remove Websearch.resulthunters.info first from your PC, then from your browsers.

STEP 1: Removing The Virus From Windows

Substep 1. 

 For Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Users:

First, click the Start button (the windows key) —–>Control Panel —–Programs and Features or (for Windows XP) Add/Remove Programs.pic 1

Proceed to Substep 2.

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 For Windows 8 users:First, right click down on the left side of your screen. The Quick Access Menu should appear —–> Control Panel —–Uninstall a Program. Proceed to Substep 2.

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For Mac (OS X) Users:

Click Go at the top left —–> Applications.

Proceed to Substep 2.

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Substep 2.

For all Windows Users:

Look for the virus and click Uninstall.

Sometimes the virus will operate under a different name. If you can not find it under its normal name, click on the column titled Installed On. This will arrange programs by their installation date. Look for all recently added programs that seem suspicious and click Uninstall on them.

You are not done, however. Proceed to STEP 2.

For Mac (OS X) Users:

Find the malware, then right click on it and select Move to Trash.

If you can not find such a program, click the Date Modified column, and look for recent additions of programs you don’t know about. Right click on each of them—–Move to Trash.

Proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2: Removing the virus from your browser(s)

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open the browser, then click on the small Gear icon on the top right —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Once there, you should look for  the virus or any other extension or plugin you feel may be unsafe. Click Disable on it/them.

If for some reason. you Home Page was changed from the one you prefer (viruses, especially adware, tend to do that) click on the Gear icon —–Internet Options. From there you just edit the URL box, dispose of the unwanted link, and put in what you like, then click Apply.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on the Menu icon on the top right (three lines) —–> Add-ons.

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Then you just click Extensions.

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Here you should find  the malware or anything you think may be a virus, then click Remove.

Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Google Chrome Users:

 

Enter the browser. At the top right click on the Menu icon —–>Tools —–Extensions.

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Once in Extensions, find  the threat and anything you believe may be dangerous, and click the little Trash icon on the right.

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You are almost done! Now click on the Menu icon on top for a second time, and go to Settings. In Settings, find the Search section (the fourth one from top),then click Manage Search Engines. In there you should remove any search sites you do not use.

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Proceed to STEP 3.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click the Safari button on the top left —–>Preferences —–Extensions

Find the virus and/or other possible virus extensions, then click Uninstall.

Proceed to STEP 3 .

STEP 3: Checking For Leftovers

For All Users:

You should do the following for ALL browsers you have installed. Browser hijackers infect everything while in your system. You need to manually get rid of it from each shortcut. You should do the following:

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.


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Alternatively, if you have your browser pinned down to the taskbar, you Right click it, then Right Click again on the Small Browser Icon —–> Properties

NOTE: Below, we are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.

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Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, you should REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe”

 

What this does is remove  what the virus did from your shortcuts.

  • Warning! There is a step 4, but you should proceed with it ONLY IF your efforts up until now failed to remove  Websearch.resulthunters.info.
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STEP 4: Reset Your Browser (OPTIONAL)

Step 3 optional guide

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