One of the most common online scams involves setting up fake search engines and then forcing computer users to visit these websites with the help of browser hijackers. This scam allows criminals to profit from advertising and various marketing schemes. Xooxle.net is one of these low-level search engines that have been associated with browser-hijacking Trojans. Although it does not appear that Xooxle.net itself is particularly dangerous, most PC users that visit this website do so because their computer has become severely infected with dangerous malware. If your web browser is directing you repeatedly to Xooxle.net, this is a symptom of a malware threat and should be taken care of with an advanced anti-malware application.
The malware responsible for browser redirects to the Xooxle.net website is commonly known as the ‘Google Redirect Virus.’ Despite its name, this browser hijacker is usually a Trojan infection commonly associated with various different rootkits. As part of its attack, browser hijackers force a web browser to visit particular websites against the computer user’s will and causes other erratic behaviors, such as the appearance of intrusive pop-up windows and unauthorized changes to the web browser’s settings.
The most worrying aspect about malware associated with redirects is the fact that it fundamentally changes how your computer connects to the Internet. By altering your computer’s HOSTS files, malware fools your computer into connecting to malicious IPs. This can be difficult to revert due to this malware’s association with various rootkit infections. These rootkits can prevent legitimate anti-malware software from working properly. In these cases, ESG security researchers recommend either using an advanced anti-malware tool that is capable of fighting the rootkit technology or a specific anti-rootkit tool.
The Reason for Browser Redirects Forcing You to Visit Xooxle.net
Website owners rely on attracting visitors by offering helpful services or interesting content in order to generate traffic. The higher the traffic, the more the likelihood people will click on advertisements or of a particular advertisement being shown a certain number of times. Criminals bypass the hard work required to make a successful website by forcing computer users to visit their low-quality websites with the help of malware infections known as browser hijackers.
How Can You Detect Malware Related to Xooxle.net?