- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Websearch.searchannel.info is a search engine which you should delete immediately if you ever notice its presence. We suggest doing that because Websearch.searchannel.info is known to be a browser hijacker. It is put into this category because it tends to appear on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers without permission. Some users think that it is nothing bad to keep and use Websearch.searchannel.info to search for the information; however, the reality is different - Websearch.searchannel.info can cause harm to the system indirectly. Therefore, it would be best to replace it with a trustworthy search engine. We are sure that this will not be easy because Websearch.searchannel.info is not an ordinary program that can be erased via Control Panel, but we promise to help you with the deletion process.
Websearch.searchannel.info enters systems without permission in most cases. Actually, the majority of browser hijackers that belong to Websearch family act in a similar way, i.e. they enter systems unnoticed and immediately apply changes to browsers. Researchers have noticed that Internet Explorer users will not only notice a different search engine, but will also see that some changes have been made in the registry. To be more specific, value DefaultScope will be modified in the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN (64-bit) or HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN (32-bit) keys. It seems that Start Page value will be changed too. It is located in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN (64-bit) or HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN (32-bit) keys. Finally, specialists working at pcthreat.com are almost sure that Start Page value will be modified in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs (64-bit) and HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs (32-bit) keys too. As can be seen, Internet Explorer users experience many modifications after Websearch.searchannel.info browser hijacker slithers onto their computers. People who use other browsers will also encounter changes; however, they will only see the presence of Websearch.searchannel.info on browsers. In other words, no changes will be applied to the registry.
It does not matter whether you have set Websearch.searchannel.info yourself, or it has slithered onto your PC without permission because it is still very important to get rid of it. The main reason why we suggest doing that is the fact that Websearch.searchannel.info might expose users to potential threats very quickly. In addition, it might cause redirections to other unreliable web pages because it incorporates ads and sponsored links among the search results. The majority of users also click on ads. They are provided by cat.nl.eu.criteo.com, yieldmedia.adk2x.com, and other advertising networks, so they might look rather decent at first sight. It does not mean that the advertisement cannot redirect you to bad websites if it looks reliable. In fact, it is possible that Websearch.searchannel.info will collect data about your interests in order to provide you with legitimate-looking ads. Therefore, the best would be to ignore those ads, do not use the search bar on the start page of Websearch.searchannel.info, and hurry to delete it from the system. You should get rid of this search engine not only because it shows ads and can redirect to unreliable web pages, but also because this search engine might track you and collect information about the things you search on the web.
Unfortunately, we are almost sure that you will have to delete other additional programs from the system too because it has been observed that Websearch.searchannel.info browser hijacker often comes together with such programs as Optimizer Pro, LightningDownloader, and a bunch of others in InstallRex installers. These software bundles cannot be downloaded easily; however, they often enter systems unnoticed. Even though users are not informed that a bunch of applications will be installed, they initiate the download process themselves in most cases. According to our researchers, this can be even done by clicking on a single fake button that users come across on torrent, file-sharing, and similar websites. If you tend to visit such websites, you should be more careful in the future and even install a reputable security tool on your system.
You can remove Websearch.searchannel.info by resetting browsers or simply changing the homepage and search engine manually. We hope that below placed instructions will help you with that. If not, scan your system with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter. We are sure that this tool will remove all the threats for you.