Threat Database Rogue Websites

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 3
First Seen: March 22, 2023
Last Seen: April 16, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

After investigating the address, it has been determined that it is a search engine delivering unreliable and questionable results. Such search engines are often promoted through browser hijackers, which are apps that alter web browser settings to promote shady search engines. This practice is commonly used to deceive users into using a search engine that is not trustworthy or safe.

Dubious Search Engines are Rarely Visited by Users Intentionally

Questionable search engines like often use deceptive tactics to attract users. Despite appearing legitimate and providing advanced search capabilities, these search engines can direct users to shady pages and often present them with irrelevant search results.

Additionally, likely has the ability to track and store all search queries made by users, potentially revealing personal information and interests. It may also collect browsing data, such as visited websites, clicked links, and viewed pages.

This collected data can be used to display personalized advertisements, sold to third parties, or even used for malicious purposes such as identity theft. Therefore, it is essential to be cautious when using unfamiliar search engines and to be aware of the risks associated with sharing personal information online.

Users may not Notice that Browser Hijackers and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) are Being Installed

Unscrupulous individuals often use various techniques to distribute browser hijackers and PUPs. One method is through bundling, where software developers combine legitimate programs with threatening software and offer them as a single download. When a user downloads and installs the legitimate program, the browser hijacker or PUP is also installed without the user's knowledge.

Another method is through social engineering, where attackers use convincing language and messages to trick users into downloading and installing the intrusive software. For example, they may use fake virus alerts or system warnings to prompt the user to download a supposed anti-malware or optimization tool that is, in fact, a browser hijacker or PUP.

Lastly, attackers may use phishing emails to distribute browser hijackers and PUPs. They may use convincing language and design to trick users into clicking on a link or downloading an attachment that installs the malicious software on their computer.

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