Websearch.Ask.com virus is yet another identified browser hijacker that can automatically change your homepage and search engine settings without letting you know. this Websearch.Ask virus can hijack Firefox, Chrome, internet Explorer on MAC as well as PCs. Usually it this bug is not considered as a harmful threat therefor many people download Ask toolbar from Internet, While most users get this bug installed on their computer when they install some free programs that bring this virus along with them. Anyhow, once your computer is under control of Websearch.Ask.com malware, it will cause your search results and web links to redirect to http://Websearch.Ask.com/redirect? or similar pages. This problem mostly happens when you are using Google search engine. Besides rerouting you to unexpected pages, Websearch.Ask.com virus will observe your browsing activities and collects information that you wont like to share with anyone. (i.e Online banking accounts, credit cards, contact details, etc). We recommend you to uninstall Websearch.Ask.com redirect virus and its toolbar components to avoid such troubles.
Disadvantages and risks of having Websearch.Ask.com:
- It may change & corrupt default settings of browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer
- Changes home page and displays unwanted pop-ups advertisements
- Causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites, hijacks search engine settings and leads to unexpected webpages
- Keeps record of browsing activities and interests
- Collects Personal user information which may include sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts
- It may bring further infections are direct the user to infectious sites
- Makes the browser run slow, uses a big part of system resources
Want to get rid of Browser Hijack Websearch.Ask.com?:
To manually remove Websearch.Ask.com, follow the instructions.
First of all, Uninstall the program. (Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel).
“Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now Locate and open “Add or Remove Programs” or “PROGRAMS AND FEATURES”. Find “Websearch.Ask.com”. Now click Uninstall/Remove.
Now remove the program from Browser.
Internet Explorer users:
Click “Tools” (if on Internet Explorer 9, click gear icon), Then “Manage Add-ons”. Look for Websearch.Ask.com. Disable if found any.
Block Websearch.Ask.com pop-ups
To stop pop-ups from malware,
Click on TOOLS > POP-UP BLOCKER, then click TURN ON POP-UP BLOCKER. and then go to POP-UP BLOCKER SETTINGS. (Type any website you wish to block popups from)
Go to “Tools” (at the top), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable “Websearch.Ask.com”
Click “Tools/Settings” (Wrench incon), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable any file associate with malware.
Still Spyware Websearch.Ask.com lurking in the system? Remove manually
Stop processes of this malware:
Open Task Manager to stop processes.
Remove associated registry settings:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0
Delete Websearch.Ask.com infected files:
Have you tried methods above but still malware not removed? Then try Restoring your computer to an earlier state.
Click Start menu > All Programs > System Tools > System Restore
Start menu > Backup and Recover > Recover System
Websearch.Ask.com redirect virus removal tool
Alternatively, you are advised to use the removal tool below to get rid of this malware infection.
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