How to Get Rid of Websearch

by Ty Arthur
Get Rid of Websearch

Get Rid of Websearch

The Websearch toolbar is a spyware program that is typically installed on your machine when you install another program that seems legitimate. The program adds an extra tool bar to your computer's web browser which monitors the web pages you visit and keeps track of the Internet searches you make. Simply uninstalling the program will not remove all of its files from your computer. You will also need to remove its registry entries and run an anti-spyware utility.

Download and install Spybot Search and Destroy (see Resources).

The Task Manager

Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" keys at the same time and wait for the Task Manager window to open up on your screen. Click on the "Processes" button and then click on the button labeled as "Image Name."

The End Process Button

Use the scroll bar at the left side of the window to navigate through the programs running on your computer. Click on the "Websearch "option if it is listed and then click on the "End Process" button.

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Shut down the Task Manager and open up the Start menu. Click on "Control Panel" and then double-click the icon labeled as "Programs and Features." Find the "Websearch Tool Bar" entry and click on it. Click on "Uninstall."

Opening the Registry Editor Window

Wait for the program to finish uninstalling and then return to the start menu. Type "regedit" into the search box and then hit Enter. Double-click the registry editor icon.

Press the "Ctrl" and "F" keys at the exact same time to bring up a new search field. Type the string of numbers and letters "6A85D97D-665D-4825-8341-9501AD9F56A3" into the search field. Right-click each of the entries that will appear in the list and then click on the "Delete" button.

Searching for Updates

Close down the registry editor and then open up your anti-spyware program. Click on the button labeled as "Search For Updates." Click on any of the mirror sites for downloading the spyware update.

Wait for the updates to finish downloading and then click on "Check For Problems." Click on "Remove Selected Problems" once the scan has finished to completely remove the Websearch toolbar from your computer.

Warning

  • close Do not delete or change any other entries in the registry editing program. Your PC requires certain registry files to work properly so if you delete the wrong entry your entire system can become unstable and you may need to re-install your operating system.

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About the Author

Ty Arthur has been writing technical and entertainment-related articles for a variety of online sources since 2008. His articles have appeared on Metalunderground.com and many other websites. Arthur attended the Great Falls College of Technology and studied both computer science and creative writing.

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