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How to Remove WebSearch+ (websearch.brandthunder.com) Redirect Virus?

 

Your browser keeps being redirected to webserach.brandthunder.com recently? Pop-up ads drive you nut? Search engine changed to websearch+? If that is the case, then your PC may have been infected by WebSearch+ redirect virus. This post will talk about how to get rid of this redirect virus.

 

What Is WebSearch+ Redirect Virus?

 

WebSearch+ by Brand Thunder LLC is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Once installed on the computer, WebSearch+ will display pop-up ads, change your browser homepage to websearch.brandthunder.com, set WebSearch+ as your default search engine or change your New Tab Page depending on which browser you are using. Some extensions and toolbars will be added to your browser along with the installation. It will present ads and sponsored links in your search results.

The screenshot of IE that has been infected by WebSearch+ virus:

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The screenshot of Mozilla Firefox that has been infected by WebSearch+ virus:

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The screenshot of Google Chrome that has been infected by WebSearch+ virus:

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How Does WebSearch+ Redirect Virus Infect Your Computer?

 

In most cases, WebSearch+ gets on your computer when you install free browser themes (compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari) developed by Band Thunder LLC. It will cause different changes to those web browsers. When you install free browser themes from Brand Thunder LLC, it will change your browser settings and add extensions to your browser without any notification. In some cases, your browser may notice you that the installation contains extensions, so you should be careful when doing such installation.

It may also get on your computer when you download and install other free software (such as download-manager, PDF creator or media player) that have bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.

However, when you uninstall these free browser themes or free software which caused these damages, your web browser settings will not be restored. This means that you have to repair your browser manually.

 

How to Get Rid of WebSearch+ Redirect Virus?

                                                                                                         

Outline of removal instructions

Step 1 Uninstall WebSearch+ related programs
  Option 1 Uninstall automatically with the help of Anvi Uninstaller
  Option 2 Uninstall manually through Control Panel
Step 2 Repair the residual damage to your browser
Step 3 Block websearch.brandthunder.com and pop-up ads

                                                                                                           

Step 1 Uninstall WebSearch+ related programs

 

Option 1 Uninstall automatically with the help of 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. To uninstall WebSearch+ related programs: Launch Cloud System Booster → switch to Expert mode → select Toolbox → download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → locate WebSearch+ related programs and any suspicious third-party software → hit Uninstall to remove them

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3. To clean residual files: Switch to Home tab → click Boost button → click Clean button after scan finished

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Option 2 Uninstall manually through Control Panel

 

Windows 7/Vista: Go to Star Menu → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program/Programs and Features → locate WebSearch+ related programs and any suspicious third-party software → Click on Uninstall button or double clicking the program’s icon

Windows XP: Go to Star Menu → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → locate WebSearch+ related programs and any suspicious third-party software → Click on Remove button

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Please note that although WebSearch+ related programs are uninstalled, there are still many residual files, invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer. If you don’t delete them, they will slow down your computer performance over time. It is very complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

Step 2 Repair the residual damage to your browser

 

Although WebSearch+ virus damages different browsers in various ways, you should check over all the main settings and reset them.

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

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

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2. To change homepage: hit General tab in the menu → replace http://websearch.brandthunder.com/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

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3. To reset search provider: click on Settings button under Search to get Manage Add-on window → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click WebSearch+ → select Remove → click Apply to complete the setting

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IE-search provider

4. To delete Toolbars and Extensions: click on Toolbars and Extensions tab in Manage Add-on window → right click on Brand Thunder Theme Manage for Internet Explorer → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button in the Internet Options window

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Alternative Solution: 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.

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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 buttonon the upper left corner of the browser → 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 → locate WebSearch+ → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider from the menu

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3. To delete Extensions and Plugins: click on the orange Firefox buttonfirefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons in the drop-down menu→ go to Extensions tab→ Remove Default Theme Engine→ go to Plugins tab→ Disable any WebSearch+ related plugins

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Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state

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.

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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 icongoogle customize icon →select Settings

1. To remove websearch.brandthunder.com from the startup page: hit Set pages → remove websearch.brandthunder.com by clicking X at the end of the bar

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

Chrome-change homepage

3. To reset default search engine: Select Google from the list under Search → hit Manage search engine → set Google as your default search engine → remove WebSearch+ from the list

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4. To remove WebSearch+ related add-ons: click Extensions above Settings → search for WebSearch+ related add-ons → click the Recycling Bin to remove them

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Step 3 Block websearch.brandthunder.com and pop-up ads

 

Anvi Ad Blocker is developed to block malicious ads, pop-ups, and protect your PC from harmful sites. You can also add the URL of websites that you don’t like to its Blacklist. It will block the websites that you listed in the Blacklist.

1. Download and install Anvi Ad Blocker

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

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

2. Add the URL websearch.brandthunder.com to the blacklist of Anvi Ad Blocker

Launch Anvi Ad Blocker → click More on the top right corner of the window → select Settings in the drop-down menu → select Blacklist tab → hit Add URL → type www.websearch.brandthunder.com in the white area → click Add button → close the Add New URL interface → click Apply to save the setting → hit OK complete the setting

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3. Keep Anvi Ad Blocker ON when surfing the Internet

Now you can enjoy a safe and clean online environment.