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. Download WebSearchbyOfficeX RemovalTool by clicking on the given link:
    WebSearchbyOfficeX RemovalTool
  2. As soon as you will open the downloaded file a security warning pop-up will appear as shown below, click on ‘Run’ button.
    You will not see this pop-up in Windows 10.

    Run Pop-Up
  3. Again a pop-up window will appear. Click on ‘Yes’.
  4. A setup window will appear. Click on ‘Next’ button to start the process of installation.
  5. Automatically it will detect and show the active threats present in your system.
  6. To remove all the threats which are detected, click on ‘Clean Now’.
    NOTE: If any browser are still running, close all the open browsers before proceeding.
  7. A pop-up will show you all the infected files, folders and registry entries has been removed successfully.

How to Remove WebSearchbyOfficeX Manually?

chrome Google Chrome

Steps to remove WebSearchbyOfficeX from Google Chrome

  1. Press  window key +R button on keyboard to open ‘Run’ box..
  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 Mozilla Firefox

Steps to remove WebSearchbyOfficeX from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press  window key +R button on keyboard to open ‘Run’ box.
  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

IE 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


Tips to Prevent OfficeX Toolbar From Infecting Your System:

  1. Enable your popup blocker: Pop-ups and ads in the websites are the most adoptable tactic used by cyber criminals or developers with the core intention to spread malicious programs like OfficeX Redirect. So, avoid clicking uncertain sites, software offers, pop-ups etc.
  2. Keep your Windows Updated:To avoid such infections, we recommend that you should always keep your system updated through automatic windows update. By doing this you can keep your device free from virus. According to survey, outdated/older versions of windows operating system are an easy target.
  3. Third party installation:Try to avoid freeware download websites as they usually install bundled of software with any installer or stub file.
  4. Regular Back up: Regular and periodical backup helps you to keep your data safe in case the system is infected by any kind of virus or any other infection. Thus always backup important files regularly on a cloud drive or an external hard drive.
  5. Always have an Anti-Virus: Precaution is better than cure. We recommend that you install an antivirus like McAfee or a good Malware Removal Tool like Free Malware RemovalTool. Apart from this we would suggest a regular updating of these software to detect and avoid latest infections.

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