What is Websearch.search-plaza.info?
Websearch.search-plaza.info is a browser hijacker that modifies browser settings without user’s permission and adds ‘helper objects’ that do not allow the user to restore these settings back to normal. The hijacker usually enters your computer system via free bundled software. Bundling method is perfect for potentially unwanted applications as it allows them to access the system without being noticed.
Websearch.search-plaza.info is compatible with all major web browsers. It is very similar to other programs of this group like websearch.flyandsearch.com, websearch.fastosearch.info, websearch.searchfix.info, websearch.allsearches.com and many more. As the application exposes you to potential threats and thus lowers your online security level, we recommend you delete Websearch.search-plaza.info from your PC.
How does Websearch.search-plaza.info work?
As soon as the hijacker takes over your system, you will notice that Websearch.search-plaza.info was set as your home page and default search engine. Every time you open your browser you will see this page on your screen. It contains a search box and an advertisement that is located right below. The advert is clearly fake. If you try using the engine you will notice that it simply redirects you to Google. The so-called search provider does no show you original results therefore there is no point in using it. You should also keep in mind that Websearch.search-plaza.info is responsible for other changes in your browsers like the addition of advertisements, pop-ups, banners, redirects and so on. If you want to get rid of these unnecessary modifications, you should terminate Websearch.search-plaza.info.
If you often download freeware from sites like cnet.com, softonic.com, brothersoft.com and similar, you should know that these sites use download managers to monetize their services. That means that with the program of your choice, you will also be offered a potentially unwanted application, usually adware or a browser hijacker. In order to avoid that you need to pay attention to the installation process, choose Advanced installation whenever it is offered and deselect all unnecessary applications.
How to remove Websearch.search-plaza.info?
If you want to manually eliminate Websearch.search-plaza.info from your system, you will have to delete the program that it came bundled with, reset your browsers and check your Target line. If you are not sure how to complete these steps, you can use the manual Websearch.search-plaza.info removal guide presented below. If, however, you want to not only get rid of Websearch.search-plaza.info, but also make sure that your system is protected from now on, you should download the anti-malware tool that will help you do just that.
1) Delete Websearch.search-plaza.info and related program
• Start → Control Panel → Add or remove programs
• Select the program and click Remove
Windows 7 and Vista
• Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a program
• Pick the application and click Uninstall
• Press the Windows key and C simultaneously
• Settings → Control Panel → Uninstall a program
• Choose the software and click Uninstall
2) Uninstall Websearch.search-plaza.info from browsers
• Open IE and press Alt+T
• Internet Options → Advanced tab → Reset → Delete personal settings → Reset
• Launch Mozilla and tap Alt+H
• Troubleshooting Information → Reset Firefox → Reset Firefox → Finish
• Open your browser and hit Alt+F
• Settings → Show Advanced Settings → Reset browser settings → Reset
3) Fix your Target line (if necessary)
• Right-click on the browser shortcut
• Go to Properties and open Shortcut tab
• Check the Target line
• If there is any text after “exe”, delete it
• Click OK to save changes.
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