Baro Search

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 7,899
Threat Level: 10 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 198
First Seen: July 24, 2009
Last Seen: September 13, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Baro Search is rarely an application that users willingly install on their computers, and with a good reason. Instead of enhancing their browsing experience, the application makes numerous unwanted changes to the browser's settings causing redirects to a promoted page. This behavior is a classical example of a browser hijacker application.

When the Baro Search is fully deployed on a system, it will quickly assume control over the installed browsers and most of the commonly used browsers will be affected. As a result, users will notice that simply opening their browsers, starting a new tab, or attempting to search the Web via the URL bar will all lead to an unfamiliar page. Indeed, the Baro Search will substitute the current homepage, new tab page, and default search engine of the browser with the address.

The page belongs to a fake search engine. In practice, this means that is not capable of delivering any results on its own. All initiated search queries will be taken through a redirect chain consisting of several dubious addresses (, before showing results generated by the legitimate Bing search engine. However, this may not always be the case. Fake search engines could change their behavior based on parameters, such as the user's IP address and geolocation and show results taken from dubious and untrustworthy sources.

In addition, browser hijackers and other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) are often equipped with data-collection capabilities. Users may have their browsing activities monitored, logged, and then transmitted to a remote server. Depending on the specific PUP, more data also could be extracted. Users could risk having numerous device details and autofill information (including banking data, payment details, credit card numbers) taken from the affected browsers also included in the exfiltrated data.


Baro Search may call the following URLs:"


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