Websearch.search-guide.info (Virus Removal)

By | Posted on November 6, 2013 | Updated on October 8, 2015

Websearch.search-guide.info is a home page hijacking program that is presently targeting browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. It is noticed that this adware is linked to a notorious search called SmartAddressbar. Also, same propagation method is used by Websearch.search-guide.info by embedding its code to free software that is likely to catch user’s attention. It may disguise as free games, software update, or multimedia player that is required to view movies on certain web site.

With the presence of this adware, you may spot obvious changes on the browser. Home page is taken over by Websearch.search-guide.info, an unwanted search that provides more advertisement links rather than useful result. Search engine is also controlled by SmartAddressbar.

Although Websearch.search-guide.info acts like a virus that penetrates the computer without an approval, it is still not tagged the same. In technical aspect, Websearch.search-guide.info is an adware that do not spread on computers. It is also not capable of infecting files especially system entities. Adware was made simply to generate profit through ads it will show as you surf the net.

Even though Websearch.search-guide.info is just a mild infection, we still insist removal of this adware. Its redirect function can lead your browser to malware web sites that could possibly carry out attack on visitor’s PC. Subsequently, malicious web sites can download and execute malware without user’s action. This is called drive-by-download technique, in which scripts are used to automate the spread of virus or malware.

Websearch.search-guide.info

Online Security Scanner Report for websearch.search-guide.info:

Norton SafeWeb No Issues Community Rating: 0.0 Updated: Oct. 8, 2015
MCAfee Site Advisor Link is safe Feedback: No data Updated: Oct. 8, 2015
AVG Threat Labs Currently safe Feedback: No data Updated: Oct. 8, 2015

Websearch.search-guide.info Removal Procedure

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This rootkit and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like Websearch.search-guide.info. The tool is powerful enough to find malicious items that are hidden on the computer.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file to your Desktop so that we can access the file easily.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, navigate to the file location and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.

sophos_exe

3. On initial launch of the program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.

sophos-welcome

4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before Sophos Virus Removal Tool can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.

sophos-license

5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display InstallShield Wizard Completed. Just leave the Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool with a check mark. Then, click Finish.

6. The tool will download necessary updates so Internet connection is required at this point. Lastly, Sophos Virus Removal Tool displays the welcome screen.

sophos-update

7. Click on Start Scanning button to begin checking the system for presence of rootkit and virus. The tool reveals items that were found linked to Websearch.search-guide.info. It also detects and removes other malicious files.

sophos-startscan

Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to Websearch.search-guide.info. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove Websearch.search-guide.info Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted Websearch.search-guide.info from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of Websearch.search-guide.info on the affected browser.

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