What is WebBooks.site?
WebBooks.site is a browser hijacker, and this website will appear on your browser when you expect it the least. You should not feel startled by it because there is always a way to get rid of a browser hijacker. You can remove WebBooks.site manually if you follow the instructions right below this description. While you are at it, you should also consider investing in a legitimate security application that would protect your system from similar intruders. If you need any help trying to decide on one, please leave us a comment below, and we will help you with that. Please take the first initiative!
Where does WebBooks.site come from?
This browser hijacker mostly affects computer users in Brazil. That would mean that Brazilians are the main target of the cyber criminals behind this infection, but no security threat is limited to one single region. You might get infected with WebBooks.site, too, if you happen to visit sites that are part of the hijacker’s distribution circle.
The program is also hosted on the same server as easyopenweb.com, iwebs.site, tempmon.net, and others. With that, we can assume that the people behind this infection try to stun users by the share amount of various threats. In other words, the infection may not be extremely dangerous per se, but users could still feel overwhelmed by everything it does.
As far as the distribution of such programs is concerned, evidence shows that WebBooks.site comes bundled with potentially unwanted apps like TempMon. It also means that users install these browser hijackers themselves. Of course, they do not think it is a great idea to have an infection on their systems. On the contrary: They might be looking for some useful application, and the browser hijacker slithers in unexpectedly, literally piggybacking the program you wanted to have.
How to avoid such instances of undesirable installation? Stay away from file-sharing sites. Unless you are 100% sure the file you are about to launch is safe, you should scan it with a security tool before opening it. It is not just about WebBooks.site. You might be able to prevent a ransomware infection in the future too, if you take such precaution measures.
What does WebBooks.site do?
Since this program is rather generic, we more or less know what it will try to do with just a single glance at it. First, it will modify your browser’s settings by changing your homepage and default search engine. WebBooks.site will try to look like a useful and reliable domain that can improve your web search experience. For some, it may look pretty nice, considering the site comes with shortcuts to Facebook, Twitter, Booking.com, Gmail, YouTube, and quite a few other popular sites.
Nevertheless, the hijacker will also collect your web browsing data with tracking cookies. It will do that to figure out your likes and dislikes, so that it could generate custom commercial ads. This is the main reason any browser hijacker enters a target system: online advertising. The people behind such programs get paid for every click you make on the ads they deliver. While the scheme itself is not malicious, WebBooks.site is too vulnerable to exploitation from outside.
Say, if cyber criminals decide to make use of the hijacker’s advertising space, they could embed links that lead to malware-related sites. Of course, the chance of your clicking such a link is not very high, but if there is a risk, then why take it? Before you get exposed to severe security threats, you should see to it that the infection disappears from your system.
How do I remove WebBooks.site?
You must have noticed already that this browser hijacker does not have an entry in the list of installed programs. Therefore, you will not be able to uninstall it through Control Panel. Nevertheless, you can reset your browser settings to default, modifying the Target line as well. With such modifications, the browser hijacker should be gone in no time.
Also, considering that the infection might have arrived in a software package, you will do yourself a favor if you scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner. You have to check and see whether there are more unwanted (and potentially harmful) apps on-board. And if you find any, remove them at once with a legitimate antispyware tool.
Manual WebBooks.site Removal
Edit the Target Line
- Right-click your browser’s shortcut.
- Select Properties on the drop-down menu.
- Open the Shortcut tab.
- Locate the Target line.
- Delete everything that is outside of the quotation marks.
- Click OK.
- Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down again and press Reset settings.
- Click Reset.
- Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting information.
- On the new tab, click Refresh Firefox.
- Press Refresh Firefox again and click Finish.
Reset Internet Explorer
- Press Alt+T and open Internet options.
- Open the Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- Press Close.
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