Website-unavailable.com hosts a search engine that goes by the name of OpenDNS Guide. This search engine does not provide reliable results. ESG security researchers do not consider the Website-unavailable.com website itself particularly dangerous to your computer. However, malware associated with Website-unavailable.com redirects is often part of a large scale attack on a computer that can include some of the most dangerous kinds of malicious software known today. Because of this, ESG security researchers believe you should take action if you detect symptoms of a malware infection on your computer. The main symptoms to watch out for is the presence of unwanted redirects to the Website-unavailable.com website, particularly after carrying out a search on a legitimate search engine such as Google or Bing.
Criminals use websites like Website-unavailable.com to profit directly from infecting your computer with malware. These kinds of websites are typically associated with a type of malware infection known as a browser hijacker. Like its name implies, this malware threat takes over the victim’s web browser and forces it to visit certain websites without the computer user’s authorization. In this case, the browser hijacker involved in this scam forces the victim to visit Website-unavailable.com repeatedly. How do criminals profit from forcing computer users to visit Website-unavailable.com repeatedly? The answer lies in advertising revenue.
Almost all online revenue comes from advertising. This kind of advertising can take many forms. For example, website owners can profit from the number of times a particular advertisement is shown (commonly known as advertisement impressions). Website owners can also profit from the number of times a particular link is clicked (often known as pay-per-click marketing). Pay-per-click marketing plans range from the most well known and legitimate (such as Google Adwords) to shady marketing companies that typically advertise products or services associated with well known scams. Rather than attracting computer users to the Website-unavailable.com website by providing useful or interesting content, criminals use malware to ensure that their website receives more traffic and a resulting boost in advertising revenue.
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