Threat Database Rogue Websites

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: March 6, 2023
Last Seen: March 7, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Upon inspection, has been identified as a fake search engine that displays results generated by another search engine. It is common for fake search engines to be promoted through dubious apps known as browser hijackers. Typically, these applications promote fake or unreliable search engines by modifying browser settings without the user's consent. Once the settings have been altered, the user will be redirected to the promoted address. This practice is often used to generate traffic to the fake search engine, as well as to track the user's browsing habits and display targeted ads.

Browser Hijackers And PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) Should Not Be Trusted

When users visit, they are subsequently redirected to, a legitimate search engine that provides search results. However, this does not necessarily make a trustworthy site. In fact, many questionable search engines use similar tactics to redirect users to dubious websites. These websites could include pages that display fake virus alerts, extract sensitive information, or distribute PUPs and other invasive apps. Furthermore, shady search engines can generate spam and unwanted pop-ups that can be both annoying and potentially harmful to the user's computer. Additionally, they may track the user's online activities and provide inaccurate or irrelevant search results. As a result, it is recommended that users stick to reputable and trusted search engines to ensure a safe and secure online experience.

Be Mindful Of the Deceptive Tactics Used in the Distribution of PUPs

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) and browser hijackers are often distributed through questionable tactics that deceive users into downloading and installing them. These tactics include using misleading or deceptive ads, bundling PUPs with legitimate software, creating fake updates, sending out spam emails with attachments or links to download PUPs, and spreading PUPs through malicious ads on legitimate websites.

Deceptive ads are a common tactic used to trick users into downloading PUPs. These ads can be found on websites or in pop-ups, and they often resemble legitimate download buttons or prompts. When users click on these ads, they download and install the PUP or browser hijacker instead of the intended software.

Bundling is another tactic commonly used to distribute PUPs. PUP distributors bundle their software with legitimate free programs, and when users install the intended software, the PUP or browser hijacker is installed as well. This tactic can be difficult to detect, as the PUP is often hidden in the fine print of the installation process.

Fake updates are also a tactic used to distribute PUPs. PUP distributors create fake updates for popular software programs and trick users into downloading and installing their software instead of the intended update. Users may be prompted to download the fake update through an email or a pop-up on a website.

Spam emails are another way PUP distributors try to get users to download their software. These emails may contain attachments or links that lead to the download of the PUP or browser hijacker. The emails are often disguised to look like legitimate emails, making it difficult for users to identify them as spam.

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