Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

What is "webssearches"?

What is "webssearches"?

What is "webssearches"?

I occasionally use Google Chrome as a browser. I have tried all the settings I can find to have it default to opening at http://google.com. All to no avail. It persists in opening at webssearches.com.

There is no listing of webssearches.com in Control Panel --> Uninstall Programs. The only reference to webssearches I could find was an xml file C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\webssearches.xml which I have deleted. I still have this unwanted and un-asked-for browser.

How do I get rid of it and get to where I want to be?

All and any assistance appreciated.

"Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion."
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

RE: What is "webssearches"?

I would start with a malware scan, such as with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Also check your extensions (Tools, Extensions) and disable unknown or unwanted extensions. And double-check your settings (Tools, Settings), including On Startup, Appearance, Search, etc

RE: What is "webssearches"?

I have tried just about every malware and temp file cleaner I can find including MalwareBytes which I ran again yesterday.
Still have the problem.

"Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion."
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

RE: What is "webssearches"?

Do you use a shortcut to start the browser? If so, check the shortcut and what it has as a target, some of the hijackers will append the target and put a redirect on the end of the shortcut run line. So even if you search, and delete things, and reset the configuration, everytime you hit that shortcut, you get redirected.

RE: What is "webssearches"?

rclarke250 - You're so right! wavey2


"Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion."
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

RE: What is "webssearches"?

Couldn't hurt to run Junk Removal Tool as well to see if you have any other browser annoyances/malware.

"Living tomorrow is everyone's sorrow.
Modern man's daydreams have turned into nightmares."

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close