Websearch.ezsearches.info – How To Remove

How Websearch.ezsearches.info Works

Websearch.ezsearches.info is yet another browser hijacker that gained notoriety recently. To remove it just consult the guide below and you shouldn’t have any problems. Unlike adware, browser hijackers aren’t really dangerous per se. They’re just annoying because you can’t get rid of the homepage even by opening a new tab or changing the browser you’re currently viewing. Unfortunately viruses of this kind infect everything equally.

The real danger associated with them is the search engine they’re using. Basically all Websearch.ezsearches.info recommends in the queries is considered malicious by security experts (us included). There’s just no clear way to distinguish which sites are infected, but many it presents to you have other viruses and adware lurking about.

And the threats I mentioned ARE dangerous, since their goal is to bring aboard as many friends as possible and trash your computer. If you are experiencing any of the following since contracting Websearch.ezsearches.info, it is likely the result of malware:

  • Crashing
  • Overall Sluggishness of the System
  • Freezing

How Websearch.ezsearches.info Entered My Computer

Websearch.ezsearches.info enters PC’s the same way adware does – either though clicking advertisements and banner, or through freeware. If you are here and you are unaware of this, you should know that shareware distributors like Cnet, Softonic or InstallREX are widely riddled with virus infections. It is my utmost recommendation that you abstain from downloading any freeware from now on, unless you are prepared for some pain.

The way they do it is by bundling the malicious software with free one. At some point the setup asks you if you want the bonus content or something similar, and most people probably click Yes. I too am guilty of not paying attention many times, and has personally caused me problems as well. If you don’t want to repeat your mistake with Websearch.ezsearches.info – either be very careful and monitor each step while installing, or avoid shareware altogether.

How Harmful is Websearch.ezsearches.info

Well, as I said, it’s not dangerous by itself. The danger are the other viruses it will try to trick you into installing. It is very important to not take any actions if a program notifies you of its need to update. At least not until you remove Websearch.ezsearches.info and any other suspicious programs. They’ve got the bad habit of tricking you into thinking it’s a normal program, and once you click the Update button, they download a virus instead.

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How To Remove Websearch.ezsearches.info

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

STEP 1: Removing Websearch.ezsearches.info 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 a program called ” Websearch.ezsearches.info” and click Uninstall.

Sometimes the virus will operate under a different name. If you can not find it as ” Websearch.ezsearches.info”, 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 a program called  Websearch.ezsearches.info, 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 Websearch.ezsearches.info 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  Websearch.ezsearches.info 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  Websearch.ezsearches.info 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 ” Websearch.ezsearches.info” 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 ” Websearch.ezsearches.info” and/or other possible virus extensions, then click Uninstall.

Proceed to STEP 3 .

STEP 3: Checking For Websearch.ezsearches.info 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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mozilla-firefox-browser-hijacker-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  Websearch.ezsearches.info and what it did, from your shortcuts.

Websearch.ezsearches.info Warning! There is a step 4, but you should proceed with it ONLY IF your efforts up until now failed to remove  Websearch.ezsearches.info.

 

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STEP 4: Reset Your Browser (OPTIONAL)

In this step, you will reset your browser to its original state. Home pages, toolbars, history and cookies will all be lost, so you should do this ONLY if everything else failed.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Click on the Gear icon at the top right —–> Internet Options. There you click on Advanced on the right side of the band, then Reset.  On the pop-up that will appear, tick Delete Personal Settings, then Reset and finally hit Close. This should remove  Websearch.ezsearches.info and all other unwanted extensions from your browser.

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For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Click the Menu button —–> Help. On the right, click Troubleshooting Information, and then Reset Firefox, again on the right. Finalize everything by hitting Reset Firefox in the pop-up that will appear, then Finish.

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For Google Chrome Users:

Click on the Menu button at the top right —–> Settings —–> Reset Browser Settings. There click Reset on the pop-up to confirm and that should remove  Websearch.ezsearches.info.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari —–> Safari —–> Reset Safari. A window with several checkboxes should appear. All of them need to be ticked, then click Reset to finalize the removal process of  Websearch.ezsearches.info.

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