SportSearchly

SportSearchly Description

SportSearchly is a dubious application, whose sole purpose for existing is to promote the address of its fake search engine via underhanded means. In practice, SportSearchly is just a browser hijacker that relies extensively on deceptive distribution methods to sneak itself onto users' devices. This behavior justifies the classification of the application as yet another PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).

If installed on a device successfully, SportSearchly will take over the Web browser immediately and several of its settings, more specifically. Users will notice that their typical homepage, new tab page, and the default search engine have all been modified to open an unfamiliar new address - 'sportsearchly.com.'

As we said, this is a fake search engine that cannot deliver any results on its own, as it lacks that functionality. However, what it can do, is to take the initiated search query and redirect it to the legitimate Yahoo engine. Alternatively, users could be shown results generated by another shady engine named 'searchlee.com.' While it can produce results, searchlee delivers questionable results that could have multiple ad links injected into them. 

In addition, PUPs are generally equipped with data-collecting capabilities. So while these applications are present on your device, they might be tracking your online activities and collecting the browsing and search histories, as well as device details (IP address, geolocation, ISP).