What type of infection are we dealing with when talking about Websearch.WebIsGreat.info?
Websearch.WebIsGreat.info is a browser hijacking plugin that is designed to modify the browser’s homepage and default search engine. The search engine is usually changed to http://websearch.webIsGreat.info. Websearch.WebIsGreat.info usually comes bundled with certain types of free, ad-supported software.
Danger Level: Moderate
What negative effects will you see with Websearch.WebIsGreat.info
Websearch.WebIsGreat.info is designed with the overall goal in mind of boosting ad revenue and placing illegitimate links at the top of search engine result pages (SERPs). It manages this by displaying unwarranted, sponsored advertisements on search engine result pages. Websearch.WebIsGreat.info has also been reported to collect search queries for extra marketing leverage. Websearch.WebIsGreat.info cannot be classified as a technical virus, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t serve up its fair share of malicious activity. It is a browser plugin that is designed to not be easily removable; it is installed deep inside of the operating system.
Browser and Operating system vulnerability
Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are all vulnerable to infection by Websearch.WebIsGreat.info. Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and Professinal are operating systems that can be effected by this adware.
How did I get the Websearch.WebIsGreat.info infection
Websearch.WebIsGreat.info usually comes bundled with free software. Think PDF conversion or creation software, download accelerators, etc. To avoid accidentally installing hijackers like Websearch.WebIsGreat.info along with your intended software, be sure to choose a custom installation when installing your free software. This way you can see what is bundled with the installation, and which features you’d like to leave out of the installation (ie. Websearch.WebIsGreat.info). Overall, it’s a good idea to make a habit out of choosing custom installations when installing software.
Websearch.WebIsGreat.info Removal Steps
Follow steps closely:
Step 1: Locate a safe place to jot down our Support number. This is just in case you need help on one of the steps. We are here to help you get rid of Websearch.WebIsGreat.info Websearch.WebIsGreat.info Removal Hotline: 888.847.4130
Step 2: Completely power down the Websearch.WebIsGreat.info infected computer.
Step 3: Please locate the F8 button on your keyboard before turning on your computer. F8 is normally positioned on the top row of the keyboard. Be ready to tap F8 immediately on step 4.
Step 4: Turn ON the infected computer and press F8 until the WINDOWS ADVANCED OPTIONS MENU pops up.
Step 5: The WINDOWS ADVANCED OPTIONS MENU will pop up, press down the menu using the direction keys on the keyboard and highlight SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING. Press ENTER.
Step 6: Now the PC will start in what is called Safe Mode. Safe Mode will cause the display and desktop icons to appear enlarged. This is completely typical and not a symptom of Websearch.WebIsGreat.info
Step 7: Websearch.WebIsGreat.info may have changed your proxy settings so Websearch.WebIsGreat.info can control your internet. We now need to check the proxy settings for this.
Step 8: Press and hold the WINDOWS KEY on your keyboard.
Step 9: Continue holding down the WINDOWS key and then press the R key. The RUN BOX will appear.
Step 10: Enter iexplore.exe in the RUN BOX. Click OK.
Step 11: The Internet Explorer browser will now launch. Along the top navigation menu select TOOLS. Within the next menu click INTERNET OPTIONS.
Step 12: Click the CONNECTIONS tab within the INTERNET OPTIONS box.
Step 13: Find and select LAN SETTINGS .
Step 14: Locate the PROXY SERVER section. If there is a check-mark in the box labeled “Use a proxy server for your LAN”, then uncheck the box. If the box is not check then Websearch.WebIsGreat.info did not change the proxy settings and you can move on to the next step.
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Step 15: To close the LOCAL AREA NETWORK box choose the OK button.
Step 16: Then press the OK button to close the INTERNET OPTIONS box.
Step 17: We now need to run Rkill. Rkill was developed by Lawrence Abrams at Bleepingcomputer.com. Rkill will attempt to paralyze Websearch.WebIsGreat.info Websearch.WebIsGreat.info will block and stop any processes from running such as removal tools. We need to disarm this self-preservation tool that Websearch.WebIsGreat.info has. Please note that Rkill does not remove Websearch.WebIsGreat.info Do not reboot your computer after running Rkill as Websearch.WebIsGreat.info will restart as well. Bring up the RUN BOX again, by holding down the WINDOWS key and pressing the R key.
Step 18: In the RUN BOX, type “iexplore.exe http://www.malwareexperts.com/rkill”. Then click OK.
Step 19: The download security box with Rkill will appear, choose SAVE and select the desktop.
Step 20: Close the DOWNLOAD COMPLETE box once the Rkill download is complete.
Step 21: Open your DESKTOP and find the Rkill.exe icon.
Step 22: Double-click the Rkill icon and run Rkill.exe. Rkill will flash a black MS DOS box and attempt to paralyze The Websearch.WebIsGreat.info
Step 23: Rkill will create a Notepad log. Close that log and move to the next step.
Step 24: Now the computer is prepared to install Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is a very popular Malware removal application. To install Malwarebytes, we need to bring up the RUN BOX again.
Step 25: On the Keyboard press and hold the WINDOWS KEY and the R key simultaneously. The RUN BOX will appear again.
Step 26: In the RUN BOX type “iexplore http://www.malwareexperts.com/malware-remover/” and press OK.
Step 27: The download security box with Malwarebytes will appear. The options to RUN, SAVE or CANCEL will show. Select SAVE and then choose to save the file to the desktop.
Step 28: Go to your DESKTOP and locate the Malwarebytes icon on your desktop.
Step 29: Double-click the Malwarebytes icon.
Step 30: Select RUN on the Malwarebytes install box.
Step 31: After that, the SELECT SETUP LANGUAGE box will appear. Select your native language and press OK. English will be in used in the graphics example.
Step 32: The Malwarebytes SETUP WIZARD will show. Choose NEXT to continue.
Step 33: Next screen to show is the LICENSE AGREEMENT. Accept the agreement and choose NEXT.
Step 34: The BASIC INFORMATION screen is shown. Click NEXT.
Step 35: The SELECT DESTINATION LOCATION screen will appear. Choose the location you wish to have Malwarebytes install the required files. The default location shown is the normal, recommended location. Click NEXT.
Step 36: The next screen is just the SELECT START MENU FOLDER which tells the program where to place the shortcut to the application. Click NEXT.
Step 37: If you want a Desktop Icon and/or Quick Launch icon then opt-in to the corresponding check boxes on the SELECT ADDITIONAL TASKS box. Click NEXT.
Step 38: Now the READY TO INSTALL screen will show. Click INSTALL to start the installation process.
Step 39: The final screen with the pre-checked UPDATE and LAUNCH Malwarebytes will appear. Click FINISH.
Step 40: Malwarebytes will download the latest updates and show a success box. Click OK.
Step 41: The main interface of Malwarebytes with the Scanner tab will launch. Make sure PERFORM FULL SCAN is selected.
Step 42: Next step is to launch the full scan. Click SCAN to start the scan.
Step 43: A box will popup with the local drives, choose the local drives to scan and click SCAN.
Step 44: The scanner will begin. Be patient as the scan is very thorough searching for all the remnants of Websearch.WebIsGreat.info
Step 45: Once the scan is finished, a message box saying the scan is complete will appear. Click OK to close the box.
Step 46: After closing the box, click SHOW RESULTS.
Step 47: Once the results show, select REMOVE SELECTED to remove all the Malware found by Malwarebytes including Websearch.WebIsGreat.info Malwarebytes will also delete all of the files and registry keys affiliated with Websearch.WebIsGreat.info and add them to the quarantine.
Step 48: Malwarebytes may need to reboot the system to complete the removal of Websearch.WebIsGreat.info Please allow the PC to reboot if Malwarebytes asks for it.
Step 49: After the reboot is complete and the system is relaunched, please follow the on-screen instructions and continue the removal process.
Step 50: A Notepad log will be created by Malwarebytes. Close the log once reviewed.
Step 51: Once Malwarebytes has completed the removal process and has removed all the traces of Websearch.WebIsGreat.info, your computer should be 100% clean from Websearch.WebIsGreat.info
Step 52: If Websearch.WebIsGreat.info is not removed and you are still having issues. Please call the Websearch.WebIsGreat.info Removal Hotline toll-free at 888.847.4130
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