Websearch.pur-esult.info Virus Browser Hijacker Removal Guide
Tuesday 11th February 2014,

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Websearch.pur-esult.info Virus Browser Hijacker Removal Guide

posted by David Washington  
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Websearch.pur-esult.info has been noticed be a generic type of search engine that many computer users are automatically redirected to due to it being a browser hijacker. The Websearch.pur-esult.info site itself is not really harmful until you get into clicking on its search results, which may lead to unwanted or malicious sites. The Websearch.pur-esult.info site is known to load on many web browsers as a default home page or default search engine due to another installer app changing your internet settings.

Most times computer users are bombarded by their web browser settings changing due to the installation of bundled software downloaded from the internet. Sometimes these installer programs have deals with various vendors to load their own site as a default page. These actions are similar to other Browser Hijacker threats like the Websearch.searchboxes.info hijacker.

In the case of Websearch.pur-esult.info, it will redirect you to the site search.smartaddressbar.com for internet search results. Many of the results are not nearly as accurate as popular search engines like Bing.com, Yahoo.com or Google.com. Researchers believe that the creators of Websearch.pur-esult.info are able to gain money from the ads displayed on various search results.

Computer users who are suffering redirects to Websearch.pur-esult.info will need to find all of its components and delete them. This removal process to stop the redirects to Websearch.pur-esult.info can also be done by using an antimalware download.

Websearch.pur-esult.info sample image:


Websearch.pur-esult.info Removal

Download *SpyHunter Scanner to Detect and Remove Websearch.pur-esult.info

*SpyHunter’s free scanner is for detecting malware only. If SpyHunter detects Websearch.pur-esult.info,
you will need to purchase SpyHunter to remove it and other detected malware threats.

Do-It-Yourself Manual Removal of Websearch.pur-esult.info

If you are an experienced computer user or comfortable with finding and deleting system registry keys, you may remove Websearch.pur-esult.info by locating and deleting each listing below.

Websearch.pur-esult.info files to find and delete:

  • %AppData%\[random].exe
  • %Desktop%\[random].lnk

Websearch.pur-esult.info registry entries to find and delete:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “” = “[random]“
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[random]
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]“

How to Remove Websearch.pur-esult.info Manually (DIY Tips)

  1. Go to Start menu > go to Control Panel -> select “Programs and Features” (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Select Uninstall a Program.
  2. Find ‘Websearch.pur-esult.info’ and select ‘Uninstall/Change’.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

How to Remove Websearch.pur-esult.info Manually from Web Browser Programs like Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer:

  1. In Internet Explorer go to ‘Tools‘ > ”Manage Add-ons’ > ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and select uninstall Websearch.pur-esult.info.
  2. Click ‘Tools’ > ‘select Manage addons’ > select ‘Search Providers’ > select a desired search engine of your choice ie: Google.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. In Firefox go ‘Tools’ > select ‘Add-ons’ > select ‘Extensions’ > find Websearch.pur-esult.info and click ‘Uninstall’.
  2. Go to ‘Tools’ > select ‘Options’ and change the startup homepage to google.com, yahoo.com or another desired search page.

Google Chrome:

  1. In Chrome click on the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ icon (three lined icon on the top right) > select ‘Settings’ > select ‘Extensions’ on the left and then find Websearch.pur-esult.info and click the trashcan to delete it.
  2. Change the homepage to google.com or another desired search page by going to ‘Settings’ on the left again and selecting the drop-down list under ‘Search’.
  3. Selecting Google as your search preference: Click ‘Manage search engines…’ > select ‘Google’ and make it the default search engine.

Removal of Websearch.pur-esult.info may prove to be difficult in some situations due to blocking agents of the malware. In such a case, you may choose to boot your system into Safe Mode with Networking by following the instructions below.

How to boot into Safe Mode with Networking:

  1. Bookmark or Favorite this Web Page.
  2. Restart your PC
  3. Press the F8 key (just before Windows starts to load during the boot sequence text screens) several times until it registers.
  4. Select “Safe Mode with Networking” and press Enter.
  5. Allow the system to boot into Safe Mode with Networking and then return to this page to download the spyware remover.
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