Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 6
First Seen: February 19, 2023
Last Seen: May 28, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The address belongs to a dubious search engine that cybersecurity researchers have observed to be promoted via intrusive browser hijackers and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). This software is known to promote websites such as through unwanted redirects.

Despite their appearance as search engines, these websites are often unable to provide accurate search results. is no exception, as the results it generates are often inaccurate and may even contain unreliable or harmful content.

In addition to the questionable search results, browser-hijacking software and the sites it endorses typically collect user data, which can pose a serious threat to privacy and security. As a result, it is essential for Internet users to be cautious when using unfamiliar search engines and take steps to protect their data and personal information.

How may PUPs Invade User Devices?

PUPs are applications that generally come bundled with other software downloads, such as free media players, games and utilities. They also can be downloaded directly from unsafe websites or delivered through misleading email attachments. PUPs often include toolbars, adware, tracking cookies, browser hijackers and more.

When these programs are bundled with legitimate downloads, users may not realize that the PUPs are being installed. Some of these programs masquerade as legitimate versions of software available from a trusted source. Others rely on aggressive and deceptive tactics to get users to install them. In some cases, they will install without the user's knowledge or consent.

Additionally, PUPs often make changes to the Web browser settings that allow them to display more intrusive advertisements and slow down the Web browser's speed. As a result, users may find their devices running slower than normal or experience other issues related to the installation of PUPs.

Removing PUPs could prove to be difficult and time-consuming, as some of them are designed to resist removal attempts. Users should practice safe habits when downloading software from the Internet, such as reading all screens carefully and opting out of the installation of any additional software. Additionally, users should ensure they have up-to-date security software installed on their devices to block PUPs before they can be installed. By taking these steps, users can protect their devices from PUPs.

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