- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
No one can argue that WebBooks.site appears as a useful website because it lists a ton of easy-access links to the most popular websites. Nonetheless, we feel confident stating that the services of this website are suspicious, and it is possible that you might be putting your virtual security at risk by interacting with the content that is represented via it. At the moment, the search tool linked to the website uses third-party search engines to deliver search results, and that is not as innocent as you might think. If you are dealing with a “redirector” – a program that redirects to third-party sites – you have to be extremely careful. In many cases, this action of redirecting is harmless, but there are situations where your virtual security could be jeopardized by a redirector. You can continue reading to learn what kind of issues you might face. Also, we discuss the removal of WebBooks.site.
According to our research, WebBooks.site spreads in Brazil, and it is most likely to spread with the help of third-party installers. It was found that this search tool could be installed along with Tempmon and other third-party programs. Depending on the installer, it could be bundled along with dangerous and clandestine infections, which is why you need to think about the infiltration of this search tool. Of course, if it has taken over your browsers without your permission, you should identify it as a browser hijacker that deserves immediate removal. Even if you realize that WebBooks.site is a threat that you need to delete from your operating system, we advise that you scan your PC first to check if maybe there are other, more important threats to handle. Hopefully, your operating system is free from malware, and you can focus on the browser hijacker.
Not many users identify WebBooks.site as a hijacker even if takes over their browsers illegally. We can blame the interface of the hijacker for that. The “Hot Sites” list below the search dialog displays easy access links to Facebook, Youtube, Google, and many other popular sites that you might be visiting daily. There’s also a booking.com section that you can use to plan your vacation. At the bottom, we see the so-called “Site Map” that lists more easy-access links under such categories as Movie, Music, Sports, and News. All of the links represented via this website are legitimate, and you are unlikely to face any problems interacting with them. Of course, you need to be cautious. If you discover that you are rerouted to an unfamiliar page after clicking on any of the links, you should delete WebBooks.site ASAP.
As you might have noticed already, WebBooks.site allows you to choose the preferred search provider to surf the web. At the time of research, this hijacker was offering Yahoo, Google, and Bing search engines. Needless to say, these are legitimate and well-know search engines that you are likely to trust. So, where’s the problem? Because WebBooks.site redirects your search queries to a third-party site, there is a possibility that the results shown to you will include the links that the hijacker is set up to promote. These might include sponsored links. Because we do not know which parties the hijacker is associated with, there is a risk that malicious parties could be involved as well, and interacting with their links could be very dangerous. At the end of the day, the suspicious search tool does not provide any information about itself, and that is extremely worrying.
WebBooks.site is truly unpredictable, and it is hard to say if you will be able to get rid of it by changing the homepage URL. We show how to do that in the manual removal instructions below, where we have also added the steps that can help you change the browser shortcut’s Target. If the hijacker corrupts the Target, you will not be able to restore your browser back to normal, and so you might have to fix it. If multiple infections are found on your PC, we also advise installing anti-malware software that could automatically erase all threats at the same time. You should also install this software if you need help protecting your operating system from the invasion of malicious threats in the future.
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