How to get rid of websearch.live home page infection?

Deleting websearch.live bothers many active Internet users today. Some people might think that this is a brand new search engine supposedly able to provide them with relevant search results. Truly, it is a mistake to think that way. Instead, this is yet another browser hijacker changing the default home page and search engine settings, thus causing undesirable redirections of user’s search queries through websearch.live or other third-party resource.

websearch.live home page infection
Websearch.live home page infection

Quick facts about websearch.live hijacker.

What happens with your browser when websearch.live hijacker is enabled?

Websearch.live may easily attack the majority of browsers today, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera and Mozilla Firefox. According to our personal experience of removing this hijacker from real computer, websearch.live is quite smart in self-protecting itself from being deleted by user. Upon request of particular customer, we used TeamViewer for connecting to the infected computer in an attempt to fix such redirection. We checked the shortcut of the infected browser and did not discover any amendment there. We also viewed the home page settings and likewise did not discover websearch.live there. But the problem of websearch.live redirection persisted.

Websearch.live was removed when we scanned the system with Plumbytes AntiMalware (full registered version of it) and reset the infected browser with its help.

Tips to avoid websearch.live hijacker intrusion.

It is also possible to get rid of websearch.live manually, however, this process definitely requires some additional technical skills from you. You might need to view some hidden files related to it and to locate and subsequently delete or modify some specific registry entries associated to your browser.

As you see, manual removal of websearch.live is quite a time-consuming undertaking. Getting rid of this hijacker with Plumbytes Anti-Malware is definitely a better solution. Please follow the removal guidelines below.


Detailed websearch.live hijacker removal instructions.

STEP 1. Scanning your computer with anti-malware software for websearch.live detection.

Follow recommended software installation steps in the slider below:

  • STEP 1. Click on "Install" button.

  • STEP 2. Wait until the main software installer is fully downloaded.

  • STEP 3. The program is getting installed into your computer.

  • STEP 4. The program performs required updates.

  • STEP 5. The program is scanning your computer for viruses.

  • STEP 6. Click on "Remove Selected" once the scan is completed.

  • STEP 7. Click on "Activate Now" button.

  • STEP 8. Purchase the full version of the program. Check your email and enter the license key in the respective field. Then click on "Activate".

  • STEP 9. You will get the notification about activation of full version of the program.

  • STEP 10. After activation, the program will start automatically removing detected threats.

Detailed steps to remove websearch.live using recommended anti-malware.

  • Download anti-malware by clicking on the respective button above.
  • Install the program and launch the application.
  • Wait until the software gets duly updated.
  • Run scanning with the software for websearch.live detection.
  • Remove detected malicious items with registered version of the software.
  • Restart your PC.
  • Repeat scanning with the anti-malware tool.
  • Follow additional tips below to repair your browser infected by websearch.live.

STEP 2. Remove websearch.live from Google Chrome browser.

  • Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of Google Chrome and select “Properties“.
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of your browser should be set as “C:/Program Files/GoogleChrome/Application/chrome.exe”. If you see anything added after the path to the browser executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Fixing Google Chrome Desktop shortcuts
    Fixing Google Chrome Desktop shortcuts
  • Similarly, right-click on quick launch icon of Google Chrome, then right-click again on the name of Google Chrome browser and click on “Properties“:
  • Google Chrome quick launch properties
    Google Chrome quick launch properties
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters of Google Chrome in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of Google Chrome should be set as “C:/Program Files/GoogleChrome/Application/chrome.exe” If you see anything added after the path to Google Chrome executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK” (similar to fixing Desktop shortcut of Google Chrome).
  • In Google Chrome, click on its “Settings” button in the form of three vertical dots, then select “Settings“:
  • Google Chrome settings
    Google Chrome settings
  • Find “On start-up” settings, then click on “Set pages” link:
  • Google Chrome - Set Pages
    Google Chrome – Set Pages
  • Remove pages added by the hijacker by clicking on the “X” next to it. Add “google.com” as a new startup page, or any other page you prefer. Finally, click on “OK“:
  • Google Chrome - Add a new page
    Google Chrome – Add a new page
  • In Google Chrome, click on the menu button in the upper-right section of the screen which either looks like three vertical dots. Scroll down to the bottom of the drop-down menu and click on “Settings” (as shown in one of the images above).
  • Select “Extensions” in the left part of the window. Uncheck suspicious extension, then click on the Trash icon next to it.
  • Google Chrome extensions
    Google Chrome extensions
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove websearch.live from Google Chrome did not help. When in Google Chrome settings mode, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Show advanced settings“:
  • Google Chrome - Show Advanced Settings
    Google Chrome – Show Advanced Settings
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Reset settings” button:
  • Google Chrome - Reset Settings
    Google Chrome – Reset Settings
  • In the pop-up window, click on “Reset“:
  • Google Chrome - Reset
    Google Chrome – Reset

STEP 3. Remove websearch.live from Mozilla Firefox browser.

  • Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select “Properties“.
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of your browser should be set as “C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe”. If you see anything added after the path to the browser executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Mozilla Firefox shortcut properties
    Mozilla Firefox shortcut properties
  • Similarly, right-click on quick launch icon of Mozilla Firefox, then right-click again on the name of Mozilla Firefox browser and click on “Properties“:
  • Mozilla Firefox quick launch properties
    Mozilla Firefox quick launch properties
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters of Mozilla Firefox in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of Mozilla Firefox should be set as “C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe” If you see anything added after the path to Mozilla Firefox executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK” (similar to fixing Desktop shortcut of Mozilla Firefox).
  • Click on Mozilla Firefox “Settings” button in the form of three horizontal lines in the right upper part of the windows. Click on “Options“:
  • Mozilla Firefox options
    Mozilla Firefox options
  • In the “Home Page” field, change the parameter to “google.com” or any other home page you like. Or you may simply click on “Restore to Default” button:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Restoring home page to default
    Mozilla Firefox – Restoring home page to default
  • In Mozilla Firefox, click on the icon that looks in the form of three horizontal lines in the upper-right section of the browser window. Click on “Add-ons“:
  • Mozilla Firefox add-ons
    Mozilla Firefox add-ons
  • Click on the “Extensions” tab in the left part of the windows. Check suspicious extensions. If you identify them, click on “Disable“, then on “Remove“:
  • Disabling and removing extensions from Mozilla Firefox
    Disabling and removing extensions from Mozilla Firefox
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove websearch.live from Mozilla Firefox did not help. Click on the icon that looks in the form of three horizontal lines in the upper-right section of Mozilla Firefox and select the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu:
  • Mozilla Firefox question mark
    Mozilla Firefox question mark
  • Click on “Troubleshooting information” in the slide-out menu:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Troubleshooting information
    Mozilla Firefox – Troubleshooting information
  • Select the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the new web page:
  • Refreshing Mozilla Firefox
    Refreshing Mozilla Firefox
  • Finally, click on “Refresh Firefox” again to confirm the action.

STEP 4. Remove websearch.live from Internet Explorer browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Internet Explorer similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Note that the path to Internet Explorer executable should be “C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe”.
  • Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Then click on “Internet options“:
  • Internet Explorer - Internet Options
    Internet Explorer – Internet Options
  • In the “General” tab, click on “Use default” or change home page manually to google.com or other start page of your choice. Then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Internet Explorer home page settings
    Internet Explorer home page settings
  • Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Select “Manage add-ons“:
  • Internet Explorer - Manage add-ons
    Internet Explorer – Manage add-ons
  • Find suspicious toolbar or extension. Click on it (make it highlighted). Then click on “Disable” button related to this particular toolbar or extension.
  • Disabling toolbars and extensions in Internet Explorer
    Disabling toolbars and extensions in Internet Explorer
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove websearch.live from Internet Explorer did not help. Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Select “Internet Options“.
  • Select “Advanced” tab, then click on “Reset“:
  • Internet Explorer advanced tab and Reset command
    Internet Explorer advanced tab and Reset command
  • Select appropriate reset options, then click on “Reset“:
  • Resetting Internet Explorer
    Resetting Internet Explorer

STEP 5. Remove websearch.live from Microsoft Edge browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Microsoft Edge similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Click on Microsoft Edge settings button in the form of three horizontal dots, then click on “Settings“:
  • Microsoft Edge settings
    Microsoft Edge settings
  • Delete suspicious home page added by websearch.live and enter google.com as your new home page or some other start page of your choice:
  • Fixing Microsoft Edge home page
    Fixing Microsoft Edge home page

STEP 6. Remove websearch.live from Opera browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Opera browser similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Note that the path to Opera executable should be set as “C:/Program Files/Opera/launcher.exe”.
  • In Opera, click on its “Opera” button and select “Settings“:
  • Opera settings
    Opera settings
  • Click on “Set pages“:
  • Opera - Set Pages
    Opera – Set Pages
  • Add “google.com” as the new startup page, or any other page of your choice. Click on “OK“:
  • Setting home page of Opera
    Setting home page of Opera
  • Click on “Opera” menu in the upper-right part of the browser. Select “Extensions“, then click on “Manage extensions“:
  • Managing Opera extensions
    Managing Opera extensions
  • If you find anything suspicious, disable and delete it.

STEP 7. (optional) Removing malware from Safari in Mac OS X.

To clean Safari browser please follow this guide.

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