Have been annoyed by Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus when surf the internet? If it is true, follow the removal guide below step by step to get rid of this annoyance.
About Websearch.relevantsearch.info Redirect Virus
What is it
Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus actually is not a real virus. Due to it just has bad effects on users browsers, we refer it as a potentially unwanted program ( PUP ). Meanwhile, it also belongs to the category of browser hijacker. Other viruses similar to Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect include Websearch.mocaflix.com, Websearch-simplesearches.info, Websearch.searchesplace.info, Websearch.searchboxes.info, Websearch.greatresults.info, Websearch.searchdwebs.info, Websearch.brandthunder.com, Websearch.a-searchpage.info.
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How it goes to your PC
Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus intrudes users’ PC as a default homepage or search engine when you install certain free software downloaded from the internet. Most of users will ignore it and then set Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect as your homepage or search engine unknowingly.
Symptoms, dangers and purpose of this virus
Once infected by Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus, it will hijack your homepage and search engine. So when you open your browser, you will see the homepage is changed to Websearch.relevantsearch.info/?r=…; search engine becomes search.smartaddressbar.com; and the new tab will always appear to be this websites. Besides, the related malicious toolbar will be added on your browsers, too.
Dose Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus infect your PC just to hijack your browser? Of course, the answer is not. Through control your homepage and search engine as well as new tab, this PUP will process all your search results. As a result, you will see many ads and sponsored links appearing in your search result. It attempts to mislead you to be the target of internet sales so as to generate traffic and revenue. To achieve this purpose, Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus will collect you search items and browsing habit so as to tailor more ads and sponsored links for you. Furthermore, your personal information may be stolen by it for commercial use. For instance, you may get some of calls from telemarketers.
How to Remove Websearch.relevantsearch.info Redirect Virus
- Step 1> Remove/uninstall malicious program, toolbar and potentially unwanted programs(PUP) from control panel
- Step 2> Remove Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect from IE/ Firefox/Google Chrome
- Step 3> Remove residual junk files and invalid registry entries from your PC using Cloud System Booster
Step 1> Remove/uninstall malicious program, toolbar and potentially unwanted programs(PUP) from control panel
Note: Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus infects your PC alongside different free software, shareware or video, etc.you download from the internet, so you are suggested to uninstall all unknown and dubious programs. By the way, you’d better consider the recent installed program tracing back to time of the Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect hijacking appearing.
For Windows XP: Click “Start“>”Control Panel“>”Add or Remove Programs“>”Programs and Features“>Look for unknown and dubious programs, select them and click Remove one by one.
For Windows 8: Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for unknown and dubious programs, select them and click Uninstall/Change one by one.
Step 2> Remove Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect from IE/ Firefox/Google Chrome
1. Open Internet Explorer> click on the gear icon(for window 7 users)/Tools (for Windows XP users) at the top (far right)>click Internet Options.
2. In the Internet Options pop-up window: click Advanced tab>click Reset button>click OK.
3. In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings window: select Delete personal settings>click Reset.
4. After complete resetting, click Close and then click OK.
Then, click on Reset Firefox to remove Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect.
Note: For Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browser damage repair, the method mentioned above is browser reset which recovers your browsers original default settings. If you want to restore your personalized settings, it is advised to use Anvi Slim ToolBar to remove Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect from browsers and get back to your personalized browser settings.
Alternative method for repairing browser damages
1: Download and install Anvi Slim ToolBar.
Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_ast.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/astupgrade.php
2. Remove toolbars and extensions from browsers
After installing Anvi Slim ToolBar, please open it(if you use trial version, click at the right bottom of box; if you use pro version, input your license key in the blank box), and click on Manage to detect toolbars in your browsers. When the result is displayed, select malicious toolbar, extensions and others you what to remove, and then click Remove button to remove them. ( a similar picture is displayed below )
3. Repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine.
In Anvi Slim ToolBar box, please click on Browser Repair. IE, FF and Google Chrome are listed in the left; you can select any of them to change its homepage and search engine. When you choose customize homepage or customize search engine, please input the one you prefer.
Then click on Repair button to repair hijacked homepage and modified search engine and click on OK.
When Startup pages pops up, remove Websearch.relevantsearch.info by clicking X behind it.
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2. Next, switch to the Appearance tab, click Show Home button and click Change, and then change Websearch.relevantsearch.info into http://www.Google.com/ or any one you prefer.
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3. When the operation above is finished, come to Search tab, make sure that the content of the first bar is Google and then click Manage Search engines.
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Then remove malicious search engines by clicking X behind them and click Make default behind Google to set it as your default engine.
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Also, you can remove Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect from Google Chrome via Anvi Slim Toolbar.
Step 3> Remove residual junk files, invalid registry entries form your computer
There may exist some residual junk files and invalid registry entries in your computer system after uninstalling Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus. Thus, Cloud System Booster is required to clean up them and save your disk space so as to increase running speed of your computer.
Free download link: http://dotfab.com/download_csb.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
1. After you install the program, please open it, click on the BOOST button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.
2. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clean button to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.
Though you Websearch.relevantsearch.info redirect virus successfully, your disk drives may still carry a heavy load. Due to the infection of this browser hijacker or even other more malicious malware, there will be some of file system errors and junks and invalid fragments in your disk drives. it is necessary to install a repair and clean tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag to help you fix bug and errors of files in your disk drives, clean up junk files, rearrange fragmented data in the disk as well as optimize the performance of your disk drives.
Free download: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_aud.html
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After install it, please select the disk drive you want to repair and clean and operation you would like to run ( Repair, Clean, Defrag and Optimize ), then click on Start.
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