- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Our researchers urge to be cautious with Websearchthis.com because there is a chance the application could show users irritating or possibly dangerous advertisements from the software’s third-party associates. According to the information available through Websearchthis.com it appears to be the tool’s creators do not take any responsibility for links or any other content that could be provided through the site. Therefore, if the application would show ads we fear some part of them might be unreliable as well, for example, they may lead you to scam web pages or suggest you install other doubtful tools. Of course, we cannot be one hundred percent sure of this, but we believe there is a risk using the search engine could be potentially dangerous. If after reading the text you come to the same conclusion we advise you not to waste your time with this questionable tool and eliminate it at once with the deletion instructions located at the end of the text.
Our computer security specialists who tested the search engine in question themselves think Websearchthis.com could be bundled with suspicious add-ons, adware applications, potentially unwanted programs, and so on. In other words, there are situations when tools can be received even if users do not plan on installing them intentionally. Thus, there might be users who may add the tool unknowingly, for example, by overlooking it on another program’s setup wizard. In some cases, you have to be quite observant to find out there might be bundled software suggestions.
Some configuration wizards allow deselecting additional programs one by one, while other ones only mention some applications might be installed without asking any permission. If you find yourself in the second situation, we would advise canceling the process; if you do not like the idea, some programs could be added without your consent. We do not say the search engine might settle in without your permission as we cannot confirm it at the moment of writing, but we believe users should know how they may come across Websearchthis.com or other suspicious tools alike.
Now that we discussed how the application could appear on your browser, we would like to talk more about the advertisements, which could be displayed by Websearchthis.com while you search the Internet. What caught our attention was the information provided by the search engine’s developers who claim “we understand website content in real time and serve website users with the most relevant and highest paying ads sourced from our direct advertiser base.” Probably, the sentence might be interpreted in a few different ways, but the way we understand it is that the search engine or other applications released by the same publisher may show targeted advertisements.
Users who do not want to search the Internet with Websearchthis.com can erase it in two ways. Firstly, one could try to reset the affected browser the way it is explained in the removal steps added at the end of this paragraph. The second option is to acquire a legitimate antimalware tool, perform a full system scan to locate the unwanted application or other possible threats, and then get rid of them all at once by pressing the deletion button. If you wish to ask for further assistance or have more questions about the search engine, you are welcome to leave a message below or reach us through the social media.