Threat Database Potentially Unwanted Programs Search-News Default Search

Search-News Default Search

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 13,568
Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 9
First Seen: January 25, 2023
Last Seen: February 1, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

While analyzing the Search-News Default Search application, cybersecurity researchers discovered that it functions as a browser hijacker. The invasive application promotes a fake search engine at 'search-news.xyz' by changing several basic settings of users' Web browsers. The Search-News Default Search application was observed being promoted by shady websites.

Details about the Search-News Default Search Browser Hijacker

The Search-News Default Search is a browser hijacker that sets the 'search-news.xyz' address as the default search engine, homepage and new tab page of the user's browser. Afterward, it does not allow users to replace this address with any other while the PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) is active on the device. However, the promoted search-news.xyz is not a genuine search engine. It operates by redirecting the initiated Web searches to bing.com, a legitimate search engine. Computer users should keep in mind that this outcome may not be guaranteed. Many browser hijackers adjust their behavior based on specific factors and could instead start showing results from untrustworthy search engines.

Furthermore, Search-News Default Search may be able to monitor and collect the users' browsing information, which may be misused for marketing purposes or sold to third parties by the application's operators. Therefore, avoid keeping browser hijackers and PUPs of this type on your computers or devices.

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