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Ranking: The ranking of a particular threat in EnigmaSoft’s Threat Database.
Severity Level: The determined severity level of an object, represented numerically, based on our risk modeling process and research, as explained in our Threat Assessment Criteria.
Infected Computers: The number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular threat detected on infected computers as reported by SpyHunter.
See also Threat Assessment Criteria.
|Threat Level:||20 % (Normal)|
|First Seen:||February 12, 2023|
|Last Seen:||May 27, 2023|
During an inspection of browser hijackers, researchers discovered Smartresultsnow.net, a dubious search engine. Such websites are often incapable of generating search results. However, Smartresultsnow.net can deliver results for the initiated search queries. Unfortunately for the users, the displayed results could be inaccurate and potentially contain questionable or even harmful content.
In the vast majority of cases, fake or illegitimate search engines like Smartresultsnow.net are promoted through the use of intrusive browser hijackers or PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). This software is known to alter browser settings, causing redirects to sites like smartresultsnow.net. Additionally, these websites and the software that promotes them are often equipped with the functionality of collecting sensitive user data.
How do Browser Hijackers Operate to Promote Dubious Destinations?
Browser hijacking software changes the default settings of a browser, including the default search engine, new tab and homepage. This means that any new tabs or windows opened and any searches performed using the URL bar will automatically redirect to the website promoted by the hijacker. In this case, the website being promoted is Smartresultsnow.net.
It is useful to know that browser hijackers may prevent access to settings that allow for their removal or even undo any attempts to remove them.
Such fake or dubious search engines may direct users to legitimate sites such as Bing, Yahoo, and Google but based on certain factors, they also may generate inaccurate search results. The results may promote irrelevant, untrustworthy or even harmful content.
Additionally, these illegal search engines and browser hijackers are infamous for often collecting user information, including visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, username and password details, personally identifiable information, and financial information, which may be sold to third parties or exploited by the operators of the specific PUP themselves.