Removal instructions for the Weebseeker Chrome extension

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What kind of software is Weebseeker?

Weebseeker begins interfering with your web browsing preferences as soon as it is installed on the system, therefore it can be described as a browser hijacker. This type of software modifies your homepage or default search engine and forces your main browser to show selected URLs. Weebseeker is know to automatically redirect you to specific websites and clutters your search results page with different kinds of obtrusive advertisements. Furthermore, the hijacker logs everything you do on your browser, including the websites you visit and the searches you conduct. The aim of all this is to send visitors to particular websites or platforms that generate pay-per-click or pay-per-view profits.

The Weebseeker virus is"managed by an administrator"
The Weebseeker virus changes your Chrome browser to another search engine

How can the Weebseeker virus get inside my PC?

In our observations, most browser hijackers often get distributed in a bundle with some other, possibly free programs, add-ons or setup files for fake software updates. That’s why, it is highly possible that you have ended up with the Weebseeker virus it you have recently installed something new on your system. The typical method of allowing the hijacker to be installed alongside another software you like is when you select the “recommended/quick” installation options. To prevent that, you need to  carefully check what software is available in the “advanced” settings and disable it if you see anything like Weebseeker or similar potentially unwanted apps.

What are the typical signs of Weebseeker’s presence on the system?

If a browser hijacker such as Weebseeker, NymphMiniica or FindQuest is installed on your computer, there are several typical signs that can give it away. You could notice, for example, that your browser’s homepage has changed to something strange or that a new toolbar has been installed without your approval. You may also notice that that the pages and the notifications that constantly open on the screen cannot be removed or closed down no matter how many times you try to do so. In addition, a steam of intrusive pop-ups and aggressive adverts  that invite you to click on them can be seen when you start a new browsing session.

Are the Weebseeker pop-ups dangerous?

For a variety of reasons, clicking on the Weebseeker pop-ups that appear all over your screen is usually not recommended—in fact, it might even be dangerous. One of the main concerns is that, you may become a victim of phishing attempts that try to get personal or identifiable information from you through the websites you are being redirected to. Additionally, the aggressively promoted pages and their links could introduce trojans or other viruses onto your machine. Furthermore, if you click on some misleading advertisements, you may end up with more aggressive browser hijackers and adware on your machine. 

Can Weebseeker on Chrome make my browser crash?

Weebseeker on Chrome can make your browsing experience a frustrating nightmare.First of all, this program uses a lot of resources. It’s possible that every website you visit has scripts, forced redirections, and advertising. Things go more slowly with this extra load on the background, which is similar to having to execute multiple tasks at once. Those with older or less powerful computers will notice the slowness the most.  Secondly, some hijackers have their code written very poorly. This problematic code might lead to errors that cause bizarre behavior or crashes, freezing of your browser and making it unresponsive to your commands. Imagine if your browser suddenly started to display error warnings or change languages – that’s the type of havoc Weebseeker on Chrome can create.

How to permanently deal with Weebseeker?

It takes concrete steps to successfully remove Weebseeker and deal with its effects on your browser. First things first, get rid of any toolbars and add-ons that don’t appear trustworthy, including anything you don’t remember downloading. After that, you may reset your browser to undo any changes made by the hijacker. The manual removal techniques are provided in detail in the guide below. But investing in a reliable antivirus program will provide you a speedy solution if you want to deal with the browser hijacker without having to follow manual instructions. What is more, with the use of such software, you may prevent future hijacking attempts by identifying Weebseeker and eliminating it before it creates problems.

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Remove Weebseeker Virus

 To try and remove Weebseeker quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Weebseeker extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Weebseeker by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Weebseeker and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Weebseeker removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.

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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step1 Uninstall the Weebseeker app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from Weebseeker. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to Weebseeker, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

delete suspicious Weebseeker apps

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to Weebseeker.

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete Weebseeker files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo Weebseeker changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that Weebseeker has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by Weebseeker

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete Weebseeker IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable Weebseeker startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete Weebseeker scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable Weebseeker services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from Weebseeker items

    Step3 Remove Weebseeker from your browsers

    • Delete Weebseeker from Chrome
    • Delete Weebseeker from Firefox
    • Delete Weebseeker from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. irefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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