Websearch.simplesearches.info Removal Guide
Tuesday 11th February 2014,

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Websearch.simplesearches.info Removal Guide

posted by Matthew Baker  
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Websearch.simplesearches.info is a browser hijacker that is known for causing popular web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome to redirect to the Websearch.simplesearches.info site by changing the default home page and default search engine settings. The Websearch.simplesearches.info site does not appear to be harmful but it has a hidden agenda of generating advertisements and a generic search engine that may collect clicks for generating revenue.

The Websearch.simplesearches.info site has many associated components that may load onto various web browser applications that may randomly redirect you to unwanted pages or display pop-up ads. The Websearch.simplesearches.info site may appear to some as just another internet search engine but we have discovered that it is not a search site that you want to utilize over trusted ones like Google.com, Bing.com or others.

In our analysis of Websearch.simplesearches.info we have found where some bundled software applications downloaded from various download sites on the internet will automatically load the Websearch.simplesearches.info page as your default search engine. Usually the installer application will do this giving you a chance to un-check the install check-box but most PC users do not pay attention to it.

Once the add-ons and related extensions to that of Websearch.simplesearches.info are loaded on your system, it is then difficult to remove all of them so your internet settings are not manipulated. In the task of restoring your previous settings, basically to set your own default home page and default search engine, all Websearch.simplesearches.info components will need to be removed from your computer. In doing this, PC users will find it useful to obtain an antimalware application to automatically eliminate all Websearch.simplesearches.info related components, so they may restore internet settings and stop the constant redirects to Websearch.simplesearches.info.

Websearch.simplesearches.info sample image:

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Websearch.simplesearches.info Removal

Download *SpyHunter Scanner to Detect and Remove Websearch.simplesearches.info

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

Do-It-Yourself Manual Removal of Websearch.simplesearches.info

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

Websearch.simplesearches.info files to find and delete:

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

Websearch.simplesearches.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.simplesearches.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.simplesearches.info’ and select ‘Uninstall/Change’.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

How to Remove Websearch.simplesearches.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.simplesearches.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.simplesearches.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.simplesearches.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.simplesearches.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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