While Websearch.homesearch-hub.info itself is not particularly malicious, Websearch.homesearch-hub.info can expose your computer to content that is. More importantly, Websearch.homesearch-hub.info is promoted through the use of browser hijackers or potentially unwanted programs that are used to drive traffic to Websearch.homesearch-hub.info and force computer users to view advertisements associated with this search engine.
The Rise of Low Quality Search Engines Like Websearch.homesearch-hub.info
Low quality search engines promoted through the use of browser hijackers have become a popular technique in recent years. There are several reasons why criminals have started to use this online technique so much. First of all, due to their low quality, a website like Websearch.homesearch-hub.info is very easy to create and then recycle with a different name to stay ahead of anti-malware programs. Since it is easy to justify advertisement revenue as a legitimate income and advertisement revenue requires little intervention on the part of the website developer in these cases, threats like this are easier to monetize than more complicated malware attacks. By exploiting legal technicalities, marketers can exist in a gray area where it is not entirely certain whether what they are doing is illegal, affording them more protections from the law than with other types of malware attacks. Due to their high efficiency and built-in social engineering component, low quality search engines like Websearch.homesearch-hub.info coupled with browser hijackers are a very easy way for individuals to make money at the expense of inexperienced computer users.
The Websearch.homesearch-hub.info website looks like a fairly generic search engine, plagiarizing the design of Google with an added eyesore of an advertisement below the search box. Trying to use Websearch.homesearch-hub.info to carry out effective online searches is nearly useless; the majority of its results are sponsored by marketers rather than being legitimate and useful. While most computer users would simply switch to a real search engine like Google or Yahoo, a browser hijacker is used to ensure that this doesn't happen. The browser hijacker component continually redirects the computer user to the Websearch.homesearch-hub.info website, replacing the victim's online searches and causing the infected Web browser to display pop-up windows and advertisements. It is also important to note that browser hijackers associated with Websearch.homesearch-hub.info will typically contain components capable of tracking your browsing history and other activities in order to display targeted advertisements on your computer.
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