Mixture Search

Mixture Search Description

Mixture Search is a rogue program that malware researchers classify as a browser hijacker. Once a device gets infected with Mixture Search, this harmful tool modifies the installed browser's settings to promote its own fake search enginemixturesearch.com. After these unsolicited changes, the affected browser launches the malware's URL as the new homepage, new default search engine, and new tab address. Simultaneously, all user search queries are redirected through the hijacker's questionable search tool, sending users to sponsored third-party websites and generating advertising revenues for Mixture Search owners. As fake Web searchers do not have the technical ability to conduct independent searches, they present a results page through some legit search engine, like Bing or Yahoo.

Researchers consider Mixture Search a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) due to its stealthy distribution methods. Usually, it comes bundled within another program's setup files, and users do not even notice its installation. Furthermore, as a browser hijacker, Mixture Search can have additional harmful features. The initial browser settings cannot be recovered without removing the underlying software that has altered them. Also, most browser hijackers track personal data, including browsing history, search terms, geolocations, and even login details. To ensure the integrity of your device and your data, you can remove Mixture Search through an automated malware removal tool.

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