Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Homepage Replaced by Websearch.pu-results.info: How to Remove Search Engine Virus

Hijacked by Websearch.pu-results.info




The very first detection when you get infected with websearch.pu-results.info is that your default homepage is replaced by websearch.pu-results.info with a search bar and random advertisement. As you can see below:



The advertisement here must be attractive because it appears to be concern about your computer security. Never ever click on it, because it totally a scam! 

If you accidentally click on that, you’ll get bunches of virus and be led to a purchase requirement for an alleged efficient security tool offering a full range of protection. It might remind you of rogue anti-spyware, like windows smart pro, disk anti –virus professional. Yes, it is how a fake program gets into your computer and even if you decline the purchase requirement, you have already become victim of additional virus. Why would websearch.pu-results.info post fake ads? That’s one of the ways websearch get income for its maker behind it. Want to know what other things websearch.pu-results.info can do to you? And wonder if there’s a way to get out of the trouble? Tee Support agents 24/7online suggest you to run on reading.


What Is Websearch.pu-results.info Created for and What Could Websearch.pu Harm System?



There are several purposes for its creation:
  1. Websearch.pu-results.info is created to follow you wherever you go in the Internet world;
  2. Websearch.pu-results.info is created to analyze your surfing history stored in the system;
  3. Websearch.pu-results.info manages to open up a backdoor so as to load down tracking cookies and may be keyloggers to further scrape your privacy;
  4. Websearch.pu-results.info resident ensures the modified configuration stay stable, making the compromised system weak enough to get infected with random intrusive virus in the wild.
The above listed commitments are all contributed to make a big amount of money for the maker behind it by reselling stolen information, posting ads by spammers and collaborating with other spammers.
Websearch.pu-results.info is so selfish that it arouse joint and several damages to the system:
  • Downloaded junks including files and folders, numerous cookies simply largely take up CPU usage, causing intermittent freeze both of browser and computer;
  • Unknown icons appear on browsers and desktop;
  • Unknown programs install on the system without knowledge.
Do not want to suffer from additional virus that would take down your precious machine together? You are welcome to follow the steps hereinafter. Should you encounter unexpected puzzle, you are welcome to live chat for 24/7 online tech support here.

 

Steps to Get Rid of Websearch.pu-results.info


1. Get into the Safe Mode with Networking
step: Reboot your computer. As the computer is booting but before Windows launches, tap the "F8 key" continuously which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to highlight "Safe Mode with Networking" option and press Enter key.

 

2. Disable any suspicious startup items.

For Windows XP:
step: Click Start menu -> click Run -> type: msconfig in the search bar -> open System Configuration Utility -> Disable all possible startup items including those of websearch.pu-results.info:




3. Remove add-ons:

Internet Explorer:
1) Go to Tools -> ‘Manage Add-ons’;
2) Choose ‘Search Providers’ -> choose ‘Bing’ search engine or ‘Google’ search engine and make it default;
3) Select ‘Search Results’ and click ‘Remove’ to remove it;
4) Go to ‘Tools’ -> ‘Internet Options’; select ‘General tab’ and click website, e.g. Google.com. Click OK to save changes.

Google Chrome
1) Click on ‘Customize and control’ Google Chrome icon, select ‘Settings’;
2) Choose ‘Basic Options’;
3) Change Google Chrome’s homepage to google.com or any other and click the ‘Manage Search Engines…’ button;
4) Select ‘Google’ from the list and make it your default search engine;
5) Select ‘Search Result’ from the list to remove it by clicking the ‘X’ mark.    

Mozilla Firefox
1) Click on the magnifier’s icon and select ‘Manage Search Engine…’;
2) Choose ‘Search Results’ from the list and click ‘Remove’ and OK to save changes;
3) Go to ‘Tools’ -> “Options”. Reset the startup homepage or change it to google.com under ‘General tab;  


4. Disable proxy

  1. Click on Tools on the menu bar
  2. select Internet options
  3. go to Connections tab
  4. select LAN settings at the bottom of the dialog
  5. under the Proxy sever, untick 'use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections).'
  6. Click OK 

5. Show hidden files  
step: a) open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options;

 

b) under View tab to tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK;

 

c) click on the “Start” menu and then click on the “Search programs and files” box, Search for and delete these files created by websearch.pu:

%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\mazuki.dll
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr0.dat
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr1.dat
%WINDOWS%\system\BCBSMP35.BPL
%WINDOWS%\system32\sstray.exe


6. Open Windows Task Manager and close all websearch.pu-results.info's running processes.
step: Use CTRL+ALT+DEL combination to open Task Manager  



7. Delete all registry values related to websearch.pu-results.info in your local hard disk C.
step: Hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and press the "R" button. Type in "regedit" and hit "Enter" to gain access to the Registry Editor.


                         

Registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\EVAACD
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{35A5B43B-CB8A-49CA-A9F4-D3B308D2E3CC}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{35A5B43B-CB8A-49CA-A9F4-D3B308D2E3CC}


Video Sample Guide on How to Remove Websearch.pu-results.info

 

 

Kind Reminder: if you have kept websearch.pu-results.info for quite a while, the steps offered in the blof article my not be helpfuk because the browser malware is a tricky one that it changes names of its components and directaries once being detected. Plus, commands that websearch.pu receives should be different from individuals, it is hard to tell what it has loaded down into the compromised computer. If you still unable to get rid of websearch.pu-results.info, you are welcome to seek professional help by live chatting with Tee Support technicians 24/7 online here.

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