Threat Database Browser Hijackers

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 342
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 4,806
First Seen: February 12, 2023
Last Seen: September 30, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

During an inspection of browser hijackers, researchers discovered, a dubious search engine. Such websites are often incapable of generating search results. However, 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 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 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

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.

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