Nautica Browser Hijacker

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 7,844
Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 66
First Seen: February 5, 2023
Last Seen: September 25, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Nautica browser extension is a dubious application that operates as a browser hijacker. Installing the Nautica browser on your device will likely lead to changes in the settings of your Web browser, unwanted redirects and possible privacy issues. PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) of this type are often installed on users' devices through deceptive means, such as bundled downloads, spam emails or dubious websites.

Intrusive Activities Associated with Nautica

Browser hijackers are unwanted programs that aim to promote fake search engines by assigning their URLs as the default homepage, new tab page, and search engine of a browser. When a new tab is opened or the Web is searched via the URL bar, it results in redirects to the promoted website. Nautica is one such browser hijacker that redirects users to the legitimate Bing search engine ( However, it also may cause redirects to other search engines that may generate low-quality results filled with sponsored advertisements. The exact behavior and redirects could depend on various factors, such as the user geolocation.

Moreover, Nautica may use persistence techniques to prevent users from recovering their browsers. PUPs of this type also often have data-tracking abilities. They could be able to collect visited URLs, viewed Web pages, searched queries, bookmarks, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, and finance-related information, which can then be sold to third parties for monetary gains.


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