I wrote this article to help you remove Wisesearches.com. This Wisesearches.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Wisesearches.com site is a sign of troubles. If you see it all the time when you browse the web, we have bad news for you. Your machine harbors a cyber infection. A nasty browser hijacker lurks on board and it is your job to remove it as soon as you can. These infections are a plague. They make a complete mess on your online activities and expose you to daily malware risk. The more time the hijacker spends undisturbed, the more problems it causes. Bear in mind that these problems grow in severity as well. The biggest one of them is, without a doubt, the privacy risk.
The hijacker jeopardizes your privacy by spying on your and monitoring everything you do online. It has access to your IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, account credentials, browser-related data, etc. Your personally identifiable and financial details are not safe either. Especially if you use your PC to pay bills online or to make online purchases. Nothing is beyond the infection`s reach. It gathers everything. Not only that, it also sends it to the individuals who created it. The hackers get a hold of your personal data. Does this sound like a good idea to you? No! It is a horrible scenario so don’t let it unfold. Cut the hijacker`s stay short and save yourself tons of headaches.
Aside from the severe privacy risk, the hijacker also exposes you to constant malware risk. How? Well, it makes changes in your browsers` settings without your permission. For example, it replaces your search engine and homepage with the Wisesearches.com site and whenever you want to look for something online you are forced to use this page. Unfortunately, your new search engine is highly unreliable. It mostly generates corrupted links which lead to shady pages full of malware. The cybercriminals use the hijacker to generate web traffic to those sites so they could spread malicious content online and also gain pay-per-click revenue. So, you are always a single click away from more infections.
The nasty pest might also display numerous annoying pop-up ads which serve the same purpose as the search results. The thing is that with the hijacker on board, your online activities are ruined. The pest completely demolishes your online experience. You offline activities are also affected, though. Due to the pest, your machine starts to underperform no matter if you are connected to the Internet or not. Its speed slows down and your system crashes often. Programs take ages to load and so on and so forth. Delete the hijacker and everything will get back to normal. Use our removal guide below and regain control over your machine. The sooner you do so, the better.
Once you get rid of the pest, make sure you protect yourself better in the future. Do you know how the hijacker entered? It entered because you were careless enough to let it slip by you. The virus is still a program which needs your permission to get installed. So it asks for it but it does it secretly, with the help of tricks. Otherwise, you would never give it green light. Some of these tricks include freeware/shareware bundles, spam emails, corrupted links/pages/torrents, fake updates, third-party ads, malicious attachments, illegitimate download sources, etc. The good news is that if you pay a little bit more attention, you could prevent each of these methods from succeeding. That’s right. The truth is that what hackers need the most and pray the most for is your negligence. Your carelessness. Do not provide them. Do the opposite. Be vigilant and cautious. It goes a long way.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Wisesearches.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.