Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: February 27, 2022
Last Seen: February 28, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Gobrowser.xyz address has been analyzed by infosec researchers and, as a result, it was determined that it belongs to a fake search engine. Typically, users would never rely on such engines to handle their Web searches. The creators of fake engines know this fact and that is why they employ various underhanded techniques to divert traffic towards their pages artificially. One such method is using intrusive browser hijacker applications. Gobrowser.xyz is not an exception.

The browser hijacker will activate with invasive functions and take over the user's Web browsers. The goal is to modify specific browser settings (homepage, new tab page, default search engine) and set them to open the promoted address. Consequently, whenever the users try to launch the affected browser, open a new tab, or conduct a search via the URL tab, they will be taken to Gobrowser.xyz immediately.

Unfortunately, fake engines do not provide users with unique or reliable results. After all, they are devoided of such capabilities completely. Instead, the fake engine will take the initiated search and redirect it to a different one. In this case, Gobrowser.xyz has been observed to show results generated by the legitimate Bing engine.

The unwanted actions of the browser hijacker application may not stop there, though. Adware, browser hijackers, and other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) are known for having at least some data-tracking routines. They might spy on the user's browsing activities, collect device details, or even attempt to extract sensitive account credentials, banking details, or payment info from the affected browsers.


Gobrowser.xyz may call the following URLs:



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