'pure dark' Hijacker
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|Threat Level:||50 % (Medium)|
|First Seen:||February 7, 2019|
|Last Seen:||November 8, 2022|
The 'pure dark' application falls into the category of browser hijacker PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). It is capable of modifying the settings of users' Web browsers and forcing them to open a promoted address - ggfpa.com. Not surprisingly, users are extremely unlikely to choose to install such an application willingly. Indeed, PUPs are being spread through deceptive distribution techniques including 'bundling' and fake installers predominantly.
The exact behavior of the 'pure dark' hijacker could vary. The PUP may affect the browser's homepage, new tab page, and default search engine, or cause redirects only when users launch a search via the browser's URL bar. No matter what the exact case is, the delivered search results should not be trusted.
The ggfpa.com page initiates a redirect chain that moves through several websites and dubious search engines. Infosec researchers have confirmed that the page redirects to insrts3.com before arriving at websearches.club, a dubious engine that generates low-quality results. Users should keep in mind that the displayed results may also include numerous unrelated sponsored ads or links leading to shady and untrustworthy places.
It is common for PUPs also to collect various data in the background of the system silently. The intrusive applications may be spying on the user's browsing activities, obtaining numerous device details, or even trying to extract sensitive data that has been saved into the affected Web browser.