Hotfeed.net is a low-quality search engine that uses a black and gray color scheme and a fairly generic interface. It contains links and keywords on the right side bar that allows computer users to access content quickly. However, these links, as well as search results on Hotfeed.net tend to be sponsored by third parties that seek to influence your online behavior and advertise products and services. This makes the search results on Hotfeed.net unreliable at best, and potentially dangerous depending on the companies to which they may link.
The issue is that Hotfeed.net is actively promoted through the use of browser hijackers. It is important to note that the people responsible for Hotfeed.net itself may not be associated with the creators of browser hijackers but that their affiliate partners are using these kinds of browser hijackers in order to increase their earnings from the increased traffic they bring. Basically, a type of malware known as a browser hijacker is used to take over computer users' machines in order to force them to visit Hotfeed.net repeatedly. This, in turn, means that more people click on sponsored links and carry out searches on Hotfeed.net, resulting in more money for everyone involved.
There are several symptoms associated with malware responsible for redirects to the Hotfeed.net website. Infected computers may present any of the following symptoms:
- The infected computer's web browser may redirect the computer user constantly to the Hotfeed.net website. These redirects may occur after entering another address into the address bar, clicking on a link or carrying out a search on a legitimate search engine.
- Hotfeed.net, advertisements and suspicious error messages may appear suddenly in pop-up windows and fake system dialogs while browsing the web.
- The infected web browser's settings may be changed so that Hotfeed.net appears as the homepage or in the web browser's bookmarks and preferred websites. One common change is making Hotfeed.net the default search engine for the affected computer's web browser.
- Computer users affected by a Hotfeed.net-related malware infection have reported poor system performance and connection speeds.