Hockey Start

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 2,382
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 468
First Seen: February 26, 2023
Last Seen: September 29, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Hockey Start is a browser hijacker that has become increasingly prevalent due to its aggressive tactics and proliferation of associated potentially malicious websites. Hockey Start’s components are typically installed without the user's knowledge and it can drastically alter the web browsing experience by changing the browser settings, including redirecting search queries and displaying unwanted advertisements. Such actions are malicious in nature and can be a serious annoyance for computer users who wish to simply surf the Internet.

Hockey Start and its components may operate through an executable file, which when downloaded and run, installs the hijacker on the computer. It can also be installed as part of a bundle with other software or downloaded freeware applications. Once installed, it will modify the browser's settings to redirect web searches and display pop-ups and advertisements from third-party sources.

Is Hockey Start Threatening?

Hockey Start may be particularly dangerous because it can exploit security vulnerabilities to gain access to personal data and system information. Furthermore, it can be difficult to fully remove it from the computer, even after following the standard uninstall procedures.

For these reasons, it is important to take steps to prevent the infection of Hockey Start in the first place. This includes being cautious when downloading software from suspicious websites or clicking on links in emails. Additionally, it is wise to regularly perform scans with an anti-malware program and keep the computer's operating system up-to-date. Finally, if Hockey Start has already been installed on your computer, it is essential to take immediate action to remove it using an anti-malware application.


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