We have recently come across a search engine called Websearchthis.com. We have received reports that it can be unreliable because it can end up on your browser without your authorization. Furthermore, it redirects all entries to Google, so it offers nothing unique whatsoever. Therefore, we recommend that you remove this search engine from your PC at your earliest convenience. For more information, we invite you to read this whole article.
First off, let us discuss the potential ways this search engine can enter your PC. Many shady search engines and browser hijackers are distributed through questionable software bundles. We believe that Websearchthis.com can be bundled with legitimate software and the resulting bundle can be put up for download on many freeware distributing websites. We have no information on whether this search engine is injected into your browser secretly. Therefore, we think that those software bundles that may feature it should allow you to select advanced or custom installation settings and uncheck the installation of Websearchthis.com which can be set to install by default. You should always select advanced installation settings to see if there are undesirable applications that can be installed on your PC by default. Freeware distributors make money per install of promoted software, so they often use deceptive methods of varying degrees to get their promoted content on your PC. We have also received information that suggests that certain other shady search engines might redirect their searches to Websearchthis.com, which, in turn, redirects them to Google.
Websearchthis.com is by no means a malicious search engine, but it is useless, to say the least. It redirects all entered search queries to Google.com which presents you with search results. The results are not modified, so there are no shady promotional links to worry about. Nevertheless, things can turn around that the results could be modified to include promoted links that can redirect you to questionable websites.
Another important aspect of this search engine is that it might collect information about you and use it to personalize that search results, although this has not been confirmed. Like most search engines, this one should also be configured to collect information such as your IP address, Internet Service Provider (IP) domain name, search history, entered search terms, browser type and version, operating system type and version, approximate geographical location, and so on. However, given this search engine’s unknown origins, you should not share this information as it might be misused.
In closing, Websearchthis.com is a questionable search engine because it is not malicious, but it comes from an unknown developer and redirects all search queries to Google. It does not show ads or promoted links, but it should make money for its creators somehow because that is usually the point of a search engine like this one. To be on the safe side of things, we recommend that you remove this search engine from your browser using the guide below.
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