By Sumo3000 in Browser Hijackers Image belongs to a network of search engines that are promoted through the use of a toolbar that is actually a dangerous browser hijacker. Despite its name and outward appearance, is not designed to provide relevant search results. Rather, searches on the website will lead to websites containing nothing but links. Criminals do this in order to profit from advertising revenue. They get paid for each click on a particular link and for the amount of times an advertisement is displayed. While this is a perfectly legal venture, the addition of harmful browser hijackers makes this practice illegal and potentially damaging to computer systems. If you find that you are been forced to visit over and over again, this is definitely a symptom that your machine is infected with a browser hijacker.

Understanding Browser Hijackers Linked to

There are many kinds of browser hijackers. These may take the form of malicious Browser Helper Objects (BHO) for Internet Explorer, add-ons for Mozilla Firefox or Trojans that infect the victim's entire computer system. Browser hijackers linked to take the form of a malicious toolbar, usually installed as an add-on for the victim's particular web browser. These kinds of toolbars are often included as a requirement for downloading and installing some freeware applications (especially media players and converters). Toolbars for your web browsers are often vehicles for severe malware infections. ESG security researchers strongly recommend avoiding these kinds of add-ons unless they have been verified by multiple reliable resources. Most of the time, there are better freeware alternatives that do not require the installation of a malicious toolbar. These kinds of malicious toolbars will take over the victim's web browser, forcing it to visit and change the browser's default search engine and homepage to

File System Details may create the following file(s):
# File Name Detections
1. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarcouponsmerchants2.xml
2. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarcouponsmerchants.xml
3. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarguid.dat
4. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbaruninstallStatIE.dat
5. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarversion.xml
6. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarcouponscategories.xml
7. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarstat.log
8. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbaruninstallIE.dat
9. %Temp%[trojan name]toolbar-manifest.xml
10. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbardtx.ini
11. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarpreferences.dat
12. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarstats.dat
13. %AppData%[trojan name]toolbarlog.txt

Registry Details may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7}InprocServer32 "C:PROGRA~1WINDOW~4ToolBar[trojan name]dtx.dll"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClasses[trojan name]IEHelper.DNSGuard.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClasses[trojan name]IEHelper.DNSGuardCurVer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} "[trojan name] Toolbar"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115} "UrlHelper Class"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} "[trojan name] Toolbar"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115}ProgID "[trojan name]IEHelper.UrlHelper.1"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115}VersionIndependentProgID "[trojan name]IEHelper.UrlHelper"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar "[trojan name] Toolbar"

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