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How to Remove Websearch.greatresults.info Redirect Virus?

 

Keeps being redirected to websearch.greatresults.info when you are searching the web? You are annoyed by the ads popping up on this site? Wondering how to get your internet browser work correctly again? Then read on this post and follow the guide to remove this redirect virus.

 

What Is Websearch.greatresults.info Redirect Virus?

 

Websearch.greatresults.info is actually an ad supported search engine. In order to get more exposure, it is promoted by bundling with other software, so in most cases, it changes the browser settings (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome) without your knowledge and consent.

Websearch.greatresults.info redirect virus

Once it finds its way onto your computer, it will change the homepage, the New Tab page and default search engine to websearch.greatresults.info. That’s why you are constantly being hijacked to websearch.greatresults.info when you launch your installed browser or search the web.

As mentioned above, Websearch.greatresults.info is an ad supported search engine, so it will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results. And it may collect search terms from your search queries and record your browsing habit to feed you more precise ads.

 

How Does Websearch.greatresults.info Redirect Virus Infect a Computer?

 

Commonly, websearch.greatresults.info redirect virus comes bundled with other freeware, such as download-manager, video conversion program or browser toolbar. When you install such programs, you will also agree to set webserach.greatresults.info as your homepage and default search engine. Therefore, please be careful and always opt for custom/advanced installation that you can deselect unwanted applications and settings.

Spam email is also widely used to distribute computer virus. Please do not open or download attachments, or click on the links containing in an email from unknown resource.

 

How to Remove Websearch.greatresults.info from IE/FF/Chrome?

 

                                                                                                            

The outline of removal guide:

Step 1 Uninstall Websearch.greatresults.info Related Programs through Control Panel

Step 2 Check and repair the residual damage to your browser

Step 3 Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

                                                                                                            

 

Step 1 Uninstall Websearch.greatresults.info Related Programs through Control Panel

 

You should be aware that websearch.greatresults.info redirect can be caused by the installation of different programs, so you need to uninstall all the unwanted and unknown third-party applications that installed around the time this redirect first occurred.

 

Windows 8: move the mouse pointer to the right side corner → select Search → search for “control panel” to get Control Panel→ Click on Uninstall a Program → Locate any unwanted and unknown third-party applications → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one

Or, move the mouse pointer to bottom left corner → right click onHot button → select Control Panel from the list → Click on Uninstall a Program → Locate any unwanted and unknown third-party applications → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one
 
Windows 7/Vista: Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → Locate any unwanted and unknown third-party applications → Click on Uninstall button to remove them one by one
 
Windows XP: Click on Start button → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → search for any unwanted and unknown third-party applications → Click on Remove button to remove them one by one

 

Step 2 Check and repair the residual damages to your browser

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → replace http://websearch.greatresults.info/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

ie-homepage

 

2. To reset search provider: Click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → switch to Search Providers tab → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click on the unknown or unwanted search provider → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

 

Alternative Solution: Reset IE to its default state

If you think the setting process is complicated or you can’t find the items mentioned above, you can follow this solution to reset IE to its default state.

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

2. Switch to Advanced tab in the window and click on the Reset button.

3. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.

ie-reset

4. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.

 

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

 

2. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → click on suspicious search engine → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

FF-search engine

 

 

Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state

This solution is easy to follow, but you will lose your customized settings.

1. Click on orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information in the sub-menu.

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2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.

firefox-reset-2

 

3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported.

 

 

For Google Chrome Users:

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://websearch.greatresults.info/ by clicking the X at the end of the bar

chrome set pages

 

2. To change homepage: hit Change →change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire

Chrome-homepage

 

3. To change default search engine: Hit Manage search engine → set Google as your default search engine → remove suspicious search engine from the list

chrome search engine

 

 

Step 3 Clean invalid registry entries and residual files

 

After remove Websearch.greatresults.info redirect virus, some registry keys and junk files are still on your computer. This residual files may slow down the performance of your computer over time, so you should clean up your computer after uninstall application. Try Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button.

Cloud System Booster-Boost

 

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-Clean

 

Now, the Websearch.greatresults.info redirect virus should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encountered any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.

 

Recommended—Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser

 

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on. You can go to Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for detailed tutorials.

And you can make use of Anvi Ad Blocker to further guard your online activities and create a clean online environment. It can block pop up ads and prevent you from landing on malicious websites.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php

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