- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Websrch.mobi is one of the lesser known browser hijackers that cannot inflict much harm on your system. However, if you happen to have this application on your browser, you will do yourself a favor and remove Websrch.mobi as soon as possible.
It is not complicated to terminate this browser hijacker, but there might be more potentially unwanted programs on-board that you might want to check. Although most of the potentially unwanted programs should be displayed on the list of the installed software, it is a lot easier to do the check-up with a licensed antispyware tool by scanning your system.
Although there is no direct source that would be distributing Websrch.mobi around the web, it is very likely that this browser hijacker comes bundled with other potentially unwanted programs. In this case, we would like to emphasize the importance of checking all the steps in the installation wizard. Sometimes it really looks like all the steps are the same across different installers (and in most cases, it is generally true). However, when an installer carries more than just one application, it tends to inform users about it, too. So as you can probably tell, you have the chance to avoid installing the likes of Websrch.mobi. Unfortunately, most of the time, users fail to take this chance because they do not think much of the installation steps.
Aside from checking the installation steps, you should also refrain from downloading programs from file-sharing websites. Although such pages are really convenient because from these sites you can download a lot of freeware, they also seldom check the reliability of the installer files they host, so you are left on your own as far as your computer’s security is concerned. Perhaps you wanted to have some other application, and Websrch.mobi simply came along with it. Thus, downloading programs from their official websites is a lot safer. Even so, you should still check the installation steps because sometimes even official homepages might bundle their product with some additional feature (especially if that product comes for free).
So now, what happens when we have Websrch.mobi added to our main browser? Our research suggests that this browser hijacker affects Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. We have not seen any activity on Edge yet. Once the hijacker is installed, it modifies the default search engine, and all of your search queries will be redirected through the Bing search engine.
It is quite often that browser hijackers display modified search results when you run a search query through the search provider that they suggest. The search engines get modified based on your likes and preferences because browser hijackers use tracking cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits. Although Websrch.mobi may also collect your information, we have not seen any indication that this hijacker would display modified search results. So it would seem that we have less to worry about when it comes to this application. Nevertheless, there are still quite a few aspects that bother us.
Probably, the most important thing is that Websrch.mobi changes your search engine without your permission. It may also collect your web browsing history for marketing purposes. It is hard to tell where Websrch.mobi would use this information, but it is very likely that it could share it with unreliable third parties, and if that happens, you could soon be exposed to the potentially harmful third-party content. It is necessary to avoid such instances, and the best way to do it is to remove Websrch.mobi right now.
As mentioned, it is not hard to terminate this browser hijacker. You just need to reset your browser’s settings to default. While some users may consider this method somewhat drastic, resetting your browser once in a while isn’t such a bad thing: You might remove other unwanted programs that could have been added to your browser over time.
Also, you should consider investing in a reliable antispyware tool that would safeguard your system against similar intruders in the future. Although a security tool cannot protect you from everything, it can significantly decrease the chances of malware infection. Finally, your own online habits are the final frontier, the setting stone of your cyber security. Be responsible for the things you click on!
How to Remove Websrch.mobi