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Websearch.calcitapp.info, Another Websearch Homepage Hijacker, How to Remove?

Published by Patrick Watts on July 8, 2014 on Browser Hijacker

What Is Websearch.calcitapp.info?

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Judged from the interface, the colorful circle mark and the name, we can affirm that websearch.calcitapp.info is another browser hijacker from websearch family. With hundreds evidence of such browser hijacker, it can be certain that applications like websearch.calcitapp.info is to intercept traffic and make money by showing random ads and directing traffic to the advertisers/operators that it has ties with. This is why such browser hijacker is kept being produced and how it makes quick fortune for its maker.

 

Scenarios by Websearch.calcitapp.info

As a web application, what caused by websearch.calcitapp.info happens on browser mainly:

  • Random ads start to popup and the frequency will be increased.
  • Additional web applications are installed without knowledge and consent such as toolbar/ extensions.
  • Page-loading speed will be slowed down as well as PC performance.

 

Should I Remove Websearch.calcitapp.info?

Security specialists are prone to call websearch.calcitapp.info PUP as they deem such program potentially dangerous.

First of all, as a freeware, websearch.calcitapp.info counts on third-party programs for wide spread. What such freeware could offer in return of this favor is to help install those programs upon settlement. As a result, the internal resource will be unreasonably occupied. It can be worse if websearch.calcitapp.info bundles with some rogueware without identifying it beforehand.

Second, the random ads popping up relentlessly would keep the associated background processes busy, which would lead to loophole that can be taken advantage by infections.

Third, it is now know to all that BHO and JS techniques have been commonly adopted in building web applications. It is the two techniques that help websearch.calcitapp.info stay sticky to a machine without being picked up as a virus. Once being capitalized by virus, the two computing techniques:

  • BHO will be utilized in preloading vicious codes into system configuration without being held back effectively.
  • JS technique will be used to record in-put information, which leads to identity theft and information loss; what’s worse, it’ll assists the virus by tracking down online whereabouts in formulating the most effective strategy for rapid propagation.

The harms are not necessarily occur, yet it is not worth taking such risk. Below is the removal thread offered by Qisupport Online Support. Certain level of computer skills and knowledge is required to carry out the steps correctly for a complete removal. On the occurrence of difficulty, please feel free to get specialized technical help by starting a live chat window here.

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Qisupport Shows The Way to Help Remove Websearch.calcitapp.info

Step1. Reset browser settings.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on IE’s Tools menu to select Internet Options.
  2. Browse to Advanced tab to press on Restore Defaults button.
    reset IE to remove websearch.calcitapp.info

 
Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on Firefox button to select “Troubleshooting information” under “Help”.
  2. When a new window pops up, press ‘Reset Firefox’ button.
    reset Firefox to remove websearch.calcitapp.info

 
Google Chrome

  1. Unfold ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ menu to select ‘Options’.
  2. Browse to ‘Under the Hood’ tab to press on ‘Reset to Defaults’ button.
    reset Chrome to remove websearch.calcitapp.info

 
Opera

  1. Show hidden files and folders (Shown in Step3) before navigating to “C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\”.
  2. Remove Operapref.ini file there.
    reset Opera to remove websearch.calcitapp.info

 
Safari

  1. Expand Safari menu to choose ‘Reset Safari’.
  2. Tick all given options before clicking ‘Reset’ button.
    reset Safari to remove websearch.calcitapp.info

 
 
Step2. Ping websearch.calcitapp.info and modify Hosts file.

Windows

  1. Use Win+R key combination to get Run box.
  2. Put in “CMD” and hit Enter key to get a little black window.
  3. Type “ping websearch.calcitapp.info” where a line/slash is flashing.
    ping websearch.calcitapp.info to stop it from hijacking
  4. Hit Enter key will you get its IP address.
  5. When done, please browse to “C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc”.
  6. Double click on Hosts file and add the IP address to the last line and save the file.
  7. You’ll now be free from websearch.calcitapp.info’s hijacking.

 
Mac OS X

  1. Hit Finder launchpad icon to access Utilities.
    finder launchpad
  2. Bring up Terminal and type “ping websearch.calcitapp.info”.
  3. Hit Enter/Return key to get websearch.calcitapp.info’s accurate IP address.
  4. Please then use shift+command+g key combination to type “etc” and access etc folder (/private/etc/hosts).
  5. Double – click open Hosts file and paste the IP address to the last line.
  6. Save it to modify host file.

 
 
Step3. Show hidden files and folders to remove the items generated on and after the day when websearch.calcitapp.info starts hijacking (according to the creation day).

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  1. Access “user accounts and family safety” under ‘Control Panel’ to double click open ‘Folder Options’.
  2. Navigate to View tab to tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ and non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
    windows show hidden files to remove the ones related to websearch.calcitapp.info

 
Windows 8

  1. Access Windows Explorer from Start screen and browse to View tab.
  2. Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.
    windows8 show hidden files to remove the ones related to websearch.calcitapp.info

a.when done, please remove the given Temp items:

  • C:\WINDOWS\Temp
  • C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\Temp\
  • C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp
  • C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet File

 
b. navigate to the following directories and remove the items generated on and after the date when websearch.calcitapp.info start hijacking:

  • C:\Windows
  • %SystemDriver%\
  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\windows\system32\
  • C:\users\user\appdata\local\
  • C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\
  • C:\users\[username]\appdata\locallow\

 
Mac OS X

  1. Access Utilities folder under Finder folder.
  2. Double click on Terminal to copy and paste “defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES”.
    Mac-Finder-Terminal
  3. Hit Return button.
  4. Please then copy and paste “killall Finder”.
  5. Hit Return button will show all hidden items.

a. When done, please navigate to the following locations to remove the items generated on and after the date when websearch.calcitapp.info start hijacking:

  • Library/Internet Plug-Ins/
  • Home folder/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/
  • Applications
  • Dock
  • Display

 
 

Final – Tip on Websearch.calcitapp.info Removal

As what has been mentioned in the preceding paragraphs that websearch.calcitapp.info harassment would end up with additional web applications or programs. To uninstall/remove them, please seek the corresponding solution in virus reservoir. Removing those additional items is not only to save up space for better PC performance, but also to prevent from websearch.calcitapp.info’s re-image until carelessness is again found when surfing the Internet.

Be noted that what offers above is removal thread. No specific item is provided for websearch.calcitapp.info’s removal as this can lead to failure most of the time when various computer brands with particular features available on the market. Combined with certain level of computer knowledge and skills, this thread can be deemed as a universal solution. In the event that you are not getting any closer to the websearch.calcitapp.info’s removal, start a live chat to contact Qisupport Online Support for exclusive help according to your concrete situation.

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