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WebSearchbyOfficeX Browser Removal Guide

This browser hijacker misleads the user as an exact replica of Microsoft office but in reality, this is a fake extension which works as a bundled program. It infects the system and makes it work according to its own web engine. It also displays many pop-up alerts, web page errors and also downloads fake Office look alike applications.

 WebSearchbyOfficeX Removal Tool


How did it get there?  How malicious is it?

Users may receive this infection when they download any program from their official website. It also gets bundled with free software and shareware applications. This application gets silently installed without giving any warning to the user.

Detected behaviors:

  1. It slows down your browsing speed.
  2. Modifies the default homepage and search engine.
  3. It will start displaying a lot of ads and pop-ups while browsing
  4. Creates thumbnails with word file, excel sheet, presentation templates and word pad.

office x homepage

Targeted browser:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer

How to Remove WebSearchbyOfficeX?

You can remove it using the given methods:

  1. Automatic: Remove WebSearchbyOfficeX using WebSearchbyOfficeX_RemovalTool
  2. Manual: Remove WebSearchbyOfficeX manually.

Scan your PC with:

  1. Download WebSearchbyOfficeX_RemovalTool by clicking on the given link below
  2. WebSearchbyOfficeX_RemovalTool 
  3. Windows will prompt you to allow running this program. Select ‘Yes’ to allow it to run.
  4. When the setup launches, click ‘Next’ on the window that appears.
  5. In the following screen, type ‘Y’ for ‘Yes’ to start the scanning process.
  6. In the next screen that appears, type ‘Y’ for ‘Yes’ to automatically close all the browsers and continue the cleaning process.
  7. Wait for the removal process & you’re done. You can then check the logs of the deleted files in the text file that appears after the removal process.

How to Remove WebSearchbyOfficeX Manually?

Google Chrome

Steps to remove WebSearchbyOfficeX from Google Chrome

  1. Press Windows key and tap the R once.
  2. In the Run box, type this path: ‘%localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data‘.
  3. Search for Default and then Extensions folder.
  4. Delete the folder that would be named somewhat like this: ‘cjfgnkipjhkejkalbpicbbmejkhphboi and olfgbbagmcognkedflmimpcgifkceefb’.
  5. Go back to Google Chrome.
  6. Now go to Menu > More Tools > Extensions.
  7. Delete the extension named ‘WebSearchbyOfficeX ‘.

Mozilla Firefox

Steps to remove WebSearchbyOfficeX from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Windows key and tap the R once.
  2. In the Run box, type this path: ‘%appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles‘.
  3. Click on the folder with ‘.default‘ text appended in between the folder name. For eg: ‘e6x5wbsb.default‘.
  4. In this folder, delete ‘search.json.mozlz4‘.
  5. In the same folder, click on ‘Extensions‘ folder and delete ‘{1ec3563f-1567-49a6-bb5c-75d52334b01c}.xpi

 Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to Tools > Click on Internet Options.
  3. From the given tabs, click on ‘Advanced’
  4. Under ‘Reset Internet Explorer settings’ option, click on ‘Reset’
  5. Set the homepage to the one you want to use.

Browser settings changed to default and the browser hijacker is remove

 WebSearchbyOfficeX Removal Tool

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