Mapbird.info and other fake search engines from this family of malicious websites are part of a large batch that criminals released in January and February of 2012. These fake search engines tend to use domains ending in .info. Some examples of clones Mapbird.info include Dbgame.info, Envoyne.info and Asdvd.info. While these websites are not particularly dangerous, they are still classified as a severe threat. This is because this family of fake search engines are linked a severe browser hijacker infection that will usually involve a rootkit infection that is very resilient and also difficult to remove without a specialized anti-rootkit tool. Mapbird.info’s main web page uses a beige background and, like other members of this family of bogus search engines, contains a large number of links divided into categories. Despite its appearance, ESG security researchers urge computer users to remember that Mapbird.info is designed merely to display spam and advertisements rather than legitimate search results.
Are You Having Trouble Staying Away from the Mapbird.info Web Page?
ESG security researchers have received reports of computer users finding it impossible to prevent their web browser from connecting to Mapbird.info repeatedly. This is a symptom that a dangerous browser hijacker is infecting the computer user’s machine. The browser hijacker associated with the Mapbird.info web page is known by several names, such as the Google Redirect Virus or the Google results hijacker Trojan. Basically, this browser hijacker is designed to change search engine results so that they link to Mapbird.info instead of taking the computer user to a relevant web page. The Google Redirect Virus is easily removed with a reliable anti-virus application. However, criminals tend to bundle this browser hijacker with a rootkit component (such as the TDSS rootkit or the Alureon rootkit). By doing this, criminals ensure that the Google Redirect Virus is not detectable with traditional security software. In fact, many computer users have reported Mapbird.info redirects that continue even if their security software (which is often among the leading brands on the market) reports that nothing is wrong. This is not abnormal, but merely due to the presence of the Mapbird.info-related rootkit component. To ensure that the Mapbird.info redirects stop, ESG security researchers recommend using a specialized anti-rootkit tool to treat your computer system before attempting a full scan with an anti-malware application.
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