Threat Database Rogue Websites

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: March 16, 2023
Last Seen: June 24, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows is a fraudulent search engine that can be accessed through its URL. It differs from most search engines of this kind in that it is capable of producing search results. However, the search results it generates are inaccurate and may include misleading or untrustworthy content.

Browser hijackers are commonly used to promote illegitimate search engines. These hijackers alter the settings of web browsers to redirect users to these sites. It is important to note that the software associated with and its promotion is likely to collect sensitive user data.

Seeing Redirects Could Point to a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) or Browser Hijacker

Browser hijackers are a type of intrusive software that can alter the default settings of web browsers. This includes changing the homepage, default search engine, and new browser tabs to the addresses of promoted websites. When a browser hijacker promotes, any attempt to open a new tab or to start a search query via the URL bar will result in a redirect to this site.

Unlike most fake search engines, is capable of generating search results. However, the results it produces are unreliable and may include sponsored, deceptive, and potentially harmful content. Other fake search engines typically redirect users to legitimate search engines such as Yahoo, Bing, or Google.

Browser hijacking software often uses persistence-ensuring techniques to make it difficult for users to regain control of their browsers. In addition, illegitimate search engines and browser hijackers are known to collect private information from users. This may include details such as search queries, visited URLs, viewed pages, IP addresses, internet cookies, usernames and passwords, personally identifiable information, and financial data. It is important to note that the collection and use of this information can be a serious breach of user privacy.

PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Browser Hijackers Often Obfuscate their Installation

PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and browser hijackers are often distributed through deceptive tactics that trick users into unwittingly installing them. These tactics can include disguising the software as a legitimate program or software update, bundling it with other software downloads, or disguising it as a necessary system update. In some cases, users may be prompted to download apps through pop-up ads or fake alerts that warn of a security threat on their system.

Additionally, PUPs and browser hijackers may be distributed through spam email messages, social media posts, or other forms of online advertising. Some of these deceptive tactics may involve the use of misleading or fraudulent claims, such as promising free software or claiming to improve system performance, which can entice users to download and install these unwanted programs. Once installed, these programs can cause a range of issues, including browser redirects, pop-up ads, or other unwanted behavior, and may compromise the user's privacy and security by collecting personal information or exposing them to additional untrustworthy software.

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