84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove WebSearchy?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #33,399
United States Rank #19,054
Reach 0.0038%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.42 days
218.89 days >
Average installed length: 115.01 days


What is WebSearchy?

WebSearchy (Adknowledge, Inc.) is a web browser extension that will integrate itself into Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. The extension/toolbar will modify the browser's search and home pages as well as various other features such as 404 errors and DNS redirection, etc as well as may change some browser settings that might cause lessen its security levels. This is a potentially unwanted program and may interfere with the functions of some of the browser's normal features and web search behaviors. In many cases in addition to modify the search provider and default home pages, the toolbar will push additional advertisements to the browser.

The program is typically bundled by the Adknowledge Fusion Installer along with various other adware plugins and utilities.

About  (from WebSearchy.com)

WebSearchy is a free desktop application that saves your preferred home page and default search settings so that they can't be changed by software you download from the Internet. WebSearchy may alert you if a third party attempts to change your Browser's home page or default search settings. When you set your Browser's...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in WebSearchy.
uninstall.WebSearchy.exe (9d2a845ee7c3b667cf5126857fedd39c) has been flagged by the following 9 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2015.0.3284 Downloader
Baidu-International Adware.MSIL.iBryte.BD
Comodo Security 19623 ApplicUnwnt
ESET-NOD32 8.10466 a variant of MSIL/Adware.iBryte.D
Fortinet FortiGate 11/20/2014 Adware/IBryte
McAfee 5600.6940 Artemis!9D2A845EE7C3
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6940 Artemis
Symantec 11/20/2014 rev. 5 WS.Reputation
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.324 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0914
WebSearchy has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Websearchy
URL: websearchy.com/legal/Terms
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Websearchy
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Websearchy\uninstall.WebSearchy.exe" /u /UserID=8fc8aeb2-375d-4d8d-b000-1f305f8de389 /SourceID=ybrant|ybrant_lightspark-us /Implemen
Estimated size: 5.69 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WebSearchy

Program executable:WebSearchy.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\Websearchy\WebSearchy.exe
Additional files:
  • Interop.Shell32.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'Shell32'.
  • WebSearchy.exe - WebSearchy
  • WebSearchyDAL.dll
  • uninstall.WebSearchy.exe - Installer
  • oo.dll (by Adknowledge) - oo

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • uninstall.WebSearchy.exe is scheduled as a task named 'WebSearchy Update Task' (runs daily at 9:07 PM).
Startup File (User Run)
  • WebSearchy.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'WebSearchy' and executes as "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\WebSearchy\WebSearchy.exe".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • WebSearchy.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'WebSearchy' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Websearchy\WebSearchy.exe".

How do I remove WebSearchy?

You can uninstall WebSearchy from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program WebSearchy, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove WebSearchy.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win 7 5%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.81%
Windows 10 27.03%
Windows XP 6.76%
Windows Vista 5.41%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.10%
Windows 8.1 12.33%
Windows 8 10.96%
Windows 7 Professional 8.22%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.22%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.85%

Distribution by countryGeography

97.41% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 97.41%
  Canada 0.86%
  United Kingdom 0.86%
  Saudi Arabia 0.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 46.15%
Dell 20.00%
Acer 12.31%
Toshiba 7.69%
Lenovo 4.62%
Sony 3.08%
Intel 1.54%
Samsung 1.54%
Apple 1.54%
American Megatrends 1.54%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.90%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.90%
innotek GmbH VirtualBox 2.90%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.90%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.90%
Toshiba LX835 1.45%

comments2 comments

user comment
user comment
Help me esacpe Web Searchy!over a year ago
How do I get rid of web searchy. It won't go away! open up new browser and its there. Can change it to another.
user comment
dank1over a year ago
Its junk hijacks the browsers search and will not permit itself from being uninstalled normally.