Remove WebSearcher (Sponsored by Revcontent or Trending Articles Ads)
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Remove WebSearcher (Sponsored by Revcontent or Trending Articles Ads)

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What is WebSearcher?

WebSearcher has been added to our list of recent adware that is associated with a legitimate advertisement content commonly labeled “Sponsored by Revcontent” or Trending Articles.” WebSearcher ads are known to be displayed with other web content or through surfing the Internet when you load popular shopping sites, generic search engine sites, or social networking sites. Computer users have had cases where the WebSearcher ads cause redirects to other unwanted pages once they are clicked on, which is a common technique for such advertisements.

WebSearcher image example

WebSearcher image example

WebSearcher Technical Details

WebSearcher ads, associated with the well-known and legitimate Trending Articles or Sponsored by Revcontent ad networks, are able to inject ads on certain pages when surfing the Internet. Use of its Sniffer.exe Fiddler proxy software and other components or browser extensions may allow the WebSearcher ads to display. Because Revcontent and Trending Articles is not a malicious threat, WebSearcher ads is more of a grey area that computer users will want to remove due to its annoyances and unwanted redirects if the ads are used.

WebSearcher image example

WebSearcher image example

WebSearcher ads are also known to be associated with the Internet search engine site websearcher.eu, which is a generic means of searching the internet that returns several results with sponsored links and advertisement links. The authors of WebSearcher possibly created it for the purpose of gaining money through a pay-per-click scheme through use of a customized Google search setup.

How did WebSearcher install on my computer?

WebSearcher ads are known to come from freeware applications, 3rd party software, or bundled apps that you download from the Internet. Upon installing such programs, the installer app will automatically load WebSearcher components by default.

How to protect your computer and avoid installation of WebSearcher in the future.

Preventing the loading of WebSearcher and its associated components is left to you taking notice to when installation of freeware or 3rd party programs prompt you to allow the install of add-ons. As such a time, you may opt out of allowing WebSearcher and its extensions from loading on your computer.

Computer expert manual removal of WebSearcher or WebSearcher

The appearance of popups from WebSearcher are an indication of your computer having additional software installed on it that may be uninstalled through the control panel. In some instances software like WebSearcher may not be completely removed through uninstalling it via the Windows control panel. However, an essential step to removing WebSearcher is uninstalling its core application by going to your control panel, going to the “programs” feature option, and then finding WebSearcher and choosing to uninstall it.

Steps to remove WebSearcher from your PC running Windows

Step 1. Remove WebSearcher from Windows 10.

Right-click the lower left corner or your desktop. In the Quick Access menu select the Control Panel (normal left-click). Once in the Control Panel, find and select Programs and Features. Once in the Programs and Features option, find WebSearcher and select to Uninstall it if this option is available. In the case that you cannot uninstall WebSearcher, you may need to utilize another method to eliminate WebSearcher, such as using an antispyware or antivirus program.

Step 2. Remove or uninstall WebSearcher from Windows 7 or older Windows versions.

Go to the Start menu by pressing the Windows Key or clicking Start > go to Control Panel > choose the Programs ‘Uninstall a program’ option > find the WebSearcher program and then click on it > select the Uninstall button.

Step 3. Remove or uninstall WebSearcher from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Press the Windows Key on your keyboard > Search and enter Control Panel > choose the Programs ‘Uninstall a program’ option > find the WebSearcher program and then click on it > select the Uninstall button.

Step 4. Remove or uninstall WebSearcher manually by finding and deleting specific files, registry entries or application entries within the Windows Control Panel.

Steps on how to remove WebSearcher from your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome):

Remove WebSearcher from Mozilla Firefox:

Step 1. Launch the browser and click the icon on the Firefox search box.
Step 2. Select Manage Search Engines
Step 3. Remove the undesirable search provider and select OK.
Step 4. Simultaneously press Alt+T and in the Tools menu select Options.
Step 5. Select the General tab and go to the Home Page.
Step 6. Remove the URL and select OK.
Step 7. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A for the Add-ons Manager.
Step 8. Select Extensions and remove the undesirable plugins.

Remove WebSearcher from Internet Explorer:

Step 1. Launch the browser and simultaneously press Alt+T.
Step 2. In the Tools menu select Manage Add-ons.
Step 3. Go to Toolbars and Extensions and Disable the plugin.
Step 4. Go to Search Providers and remove the search tool.
Step 5. Select Close and simultaneously press Alt+T to open the Tools menu again.
Step 6. Select Internet Options and select the General tab.
Step 7. Overwrite/ remove the Home Page URL and select OK.

Remove WebSearcher from Google Chrome:

Step 1. Launch the browser and simultaneously press Alt+F.
Step 2. Select Settings and you will be routed to chrome://settings/
Step 3. Under On Startup, mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
Step 4. Select Set pages to find the available options.
Step 5. Remove/overwrite the URL of the search tool and select OK.
Step 6. Under Appearance, mark Show Home button.
Step 7. Select Change and repeat step 5 to get rid of the option.
Step 8. Under Search click the Manage search engines.
Step 9. Select X on the URL of WebSearcher to remove it from the list.
Step 10. Simultaneously press Alt+T again, select Tools and then Extensions.
Step 11. Remove the plugin.

Other manual removal methods to uninstall WebSearcher may involve finding any related files or programs that could be lurking in other folders on your hard drive. These steps are usually left to computer experts as removing essential system files by accident while attempting to remove WebSearcher files could cause serious damage to your system or even prevent it from booting up the next time it is restarted.

  1. Find all files related to WebSearcher by doing a system search – Click the Start menu or go to the Quick Access menu and type in WebSearcher to find it.
  2. Delete the WebSearcher files.
  3. Delete any related registry entries related to WebSearcher by finding entries within the regedit application.
  4. Uninstall the WebSearcher application through the Windows Control Panel.
  5. Restart your computer after all instances of WebSearcher have been removed.


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