Websearch.searchtotal.info Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Websearch.searchtotal.info belongs to dubious categories of hijackware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Its capacities extend to corrupt not only browsers that are utilized by Microsoft OS. Its dark deeds might be transferred to the Mac OS X. Millions of users should take precautions to avoid ending up in the lists of victims.

About Websearch.searchtotal.info virus

Security researchers have estimated and concluded all of the possible traits of this Websearch.searchtotal.info virus. As soon as you enter the central domain, a blinking advertisement grabs your attention. “Highly recommended: you may need to fix MAC errors. Scan now to diagnose errors. Do you want to scan and repair now?” Websearch.searchtotal.info browser hijacker seems to be working together with affiliates that promote security tools. From the first glance, even people without any knowledge about malware, hijackware or adware programs can say that this promotion strikes as highly suspicious. It looks far beyond being valid and authorized by reputable representatives. If you click on it expecting a legitimate website, your disappointment might reach the ceiling. Best case scenario, you get redirected to a shady site but exit it fast enough. Worst case: you get infected with malicious programs. Advertisements like this will become a daily-burden after getting infected with Websearch.searchtotal.info virus. Thank God, some of these promotions from third-party sources are easy to identify as fake.

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Let’s get back to the main purpose of Websearch.searchtotal.info. It is meant to be the preferred users’ choice for searching online. That is why, when people get infected with Websearch.searchtotal.info virus, the first thing they notice is that all of their browser settings have unexpectedly changed. Now, the mentioned domain is designated to be users’ homepage, new tab and the browser’s built-in search engine. Ironically, to produce search results, Websearch.searchtotal.info browser hijacker redirects people’s search queries to Worldsearchpro.com. In fact, we have already wrote and article on this browser hijacker. We guess bad guys help other bad guys.

Other malicious features of this virus: redirection and tracking of data. Users’ can be automatically redirected to Websearch.searchtotal.info. That is the safest alternative. Consequences can be far worse if people get dislocated to pages from third-party sources that use their sites as carriers of malicious infections. In addition to this, browser hijacker can collect your personally-identifiable and non-personally-identifiable information for their future schemes.

Distribution Methods of Websearch.searchtotal.info virus

Websearch.searchtotal.info browser hijacker is waiting around the corner every time you download a freeware or shareware. The worst thing is that people have to idea that they are installing packages of programs. Not all of them are going to enhance your system. Some of the additional programs might actually be manufactured to cause harm and disruption. Programs, being transferred this way, are regarded to be potentially unwanted because people might have not initiated their installation willingly. It all falls to the process of setups. Using basic/default modes is a wrong choice if users want to be able to review all of the content being implanted into their computers. We cannot stress the importance of choosing advanced/custom modes for installation processes enough.

Commit to a long-term relationship with anti-malware tools like Spyhunter, Hitman or Reimage. These scanners will perform regular check-ups and delete all of the found malware. Websearch.searchtotal.info browser hijacker can also be deleted by following a manual guide. It is an option for more advanced users but anyone can try it.

Video removal instructions for Websearch.searchtotal.info virus



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Manual removal of Websearch.searchtotal.info virus

How to remove searchtotal virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Websearch.searchtotal.info virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to searchtotal virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Websearch.searchtotal.info virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Websearch.searchtotal.info virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to searchtotal virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Websearch.searchtotal.info virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Websearch.searchtotal.info virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Websearch.searchtotal.info virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Websearch.searchtotal.info virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Websearch.searchtotal.info virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the searchtotal virus from the list.

How to remove Websearch.searchtotal.info virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to searchtotal virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Websearch.searchtotal.info virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Websearch.searchtotal.info virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Websearch.searchtotal.info virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Websearch.searchtotal.info virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall searchtotal virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Websearch.searchtotal.info virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove searchtotal virus, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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