Kozanekozasearchsystem.com is a fake search engine that is part of a fairly common online scam. This scam consists in setting up fake search engines designed to direct users to a list of unsafe websites containing large quantities of advertisements and then forcing computer users to visit these search engines through the use of browser hijackers. Kozanekozasearchsystem.com is no exception to this scheme; ESG malware analysts have associated Kozanekozasearchsystem.com with the Google Redirect Virus, a well-known browser hijacker that is closely linked to various rootkit infections. If your computer system is forcing you to visit Kozanekozasearchsystem.com repeatedly, it is highly likely that your computer has become infected with a dangerous browser hijacker. ESG security researchers recommend dealing with any malware associated with the Kozanekozasearchsystem.com website with the help of a reliable anti-malware program that is fully up to date. Failure to remove malware associated with Kozanekozasearchsystem.com can result in additional malware making its home in your hard drive, your confidential information becoming compromised and putting yourself at risk for identity theft or various online scams.
How Criminals Profit from the Kozanekozasearchsystem.com Fake Search Engine
Fraudulent search engines like Kozanekozasearchsystem.com have become increasingly common since the early summer of 2011, probably related to a general crackdown on rogue security programs and botnets associated with these kinds of malware infections. According to ESG security researchers, Kozanekozasearchsystem.com is of Russian origin and is registered in the Russian Federation, a country that is notorious for harboring many cybercriminals. Like most websites, Kozanekozasearchsystem.com generates revenue for its owners in direct relation to this website's number of visitors. This traffic directly translates into advertisement impressions and clicks on particular affiliate links. However, while most legitimate websites will attract traffic by containing helpful or interesting content, Kozanekozasearchsystem.com uses browser hijackers to force visitors to enter the Kozanekozasearchsystem.com web page repeatedly. A computer system infected with a Kozanekozasearchsystem.com-related browser hijacker will typically force its owner to visit Kozanekozasearchsystem.com after entering any address into the address bar or clicking on the browser's navigation buttons. The most common way browser hijackers force visitors to go to the Kozanekozasearchsystem.com web page is by changing the results on a Google Search. Kozanekozasearchsystem.com-related malware has also been known to change the infected browser's homepage to Kozanekozasearchsystem.com. Once the victim has arrived at the Kozanekozasearchsystem.com website, any search carried out on this fake search engine will lead to other, similar malicious websites.