Cricket Start

Cricket Start Description

Type: Browser Hijackers

Cricket has exploded in popularity and has posted record viewership numbers internationally, placing it only behind the Premier League and the NFL. The Cricket Start browser extension targets cricket fans, and offers them the ability to conveniently and efficiently search for and receive access to relevant updates about the sport and results from Cricket games. Unfortunately, what the application doesn't reveal is that its primary function is that of an intrusive browser hijacker.

Once Cricket Start is installed, users will almost immediately notice significant changes to the behavior of their Web browsers. The application is designed specifically to overtake the homepage, new tab page, and the default search engine settings, and substitute all three of them with a sponsored page. Indeed, affected users will notice unwanted redirects to an unfamiliar address, search.nstart.online.

The page belongs to a fake search engine. Fake engines are incapable of producing search results on their own. Users will instead be shown results taken from other sources. While some users may see search.nstart.online show results from the legitimate Bing (bing.com) engine, others could be presented with results taken from dubious engines, such as nearbyme.io.

Browser hijackers and other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) also could be equipped with additional intrusive functions. It is not uncommon for these applications to collect data from the systems they are installed on. Users could have their browsing activities tracked and uploaded to a server under the control of the PUP's operators.

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