Really Good Search

Really Good Search Description

Type: Browser Hijackers

Really Good Search is an annoying browser hijacker application designed to take control over the user's Web browsers and cause unwanted redirects. The application also is considered a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) due to the questionable methods involved in its distribution. Indeed, users rarely decide to install such applications willingly. In the vast majority of cases, the PUPs sneak themselves unnoticed onto the user's devices through a scheme known as bundling or by being injected into fake software installers.

Users affected by the Really Good Search browser hijacker will notice that their Web browsers have started to open an unfamiliar address. It is common for applications of this type to modify the homepage, new tab page, and the default search engine, modifying all three to open a promoted page. Users should keep in mind that nearly all browser hijackers are tasked with promoting fake search engines.

Instead of showing results relevant to the user's search query by themselves, fake engines redirect to a legitimate site (Yahoo, Bing, Google) and take the results from there. Another common behavior involves starting a redirect chain that could pass through several dubious search engines. In this case, users would be shown low-quality and inaccurate results that could be filled with third-party ad links.

Another functionality commonly associated with PUP is data-tracking. These intrusive applications could be spying on the users browsing activities and transmitting information, such as all visited websites, clicked links, initiated searches, to their operators continuously.

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