Threat Database Browser Hijackers

By ESGI Advisor in Browser Hijackers is a fake search engine associated with dangerous browser hijackers. Clones of are distinguished by their domain names, which contain the words 'davinci server'. ESG security researchers believe that most of the clones of are randomly generated by adding a randomly-chosen adjective to the two previously-mentioned words. Examples of adjectives used in clones of include the "swell" in, and others such as immense, neat, real, same, or admirable. It is important to be extremely careful with the family of rogue websites. These fake search engines are closely associated with the ZeroAccess rootkit and one of its components in particular: the Google Redirect Virus. The Google Redirect Virus is designed to take control of the infected computer's Internet browser and force it to visit The family of fake search engines is a direct successor of a group of domain names associated with the fake search engine CC Search. These fake search engines used the words "search system" preceded with a random adjective in a way very similar to's clones. Due to its association with harmful malware, ESG security researchers consider that and its clones are extremely dangerous. In the event of a malware infection, ESG malware analysts recommend acting immediately and removing any trace of malware from your computer system.

How Criminals Profit from and Other Rogue Websites

Using, criminals can generate an illegally-obtained profit from hassling computer users and infecting them with the Google Redirect Virus. This is because the main source of online revenue is advertisement, directly related to the number of visitors a website receives and the number of clicks certain links or advertisements receive. Due to the effects of malicious browser hijackers, websites in the family of rogue search engines receive an inordinately high amount of visitors. Criminals can translate this ill-begotten traffic into a steady stream of revenue. The family of search engines also acts as an intermediary between computer users infected with browser hijackers and websites containing other malware infections, such as rogue security programs, keyloggers or backdoor Trojans. Due to the effects of the Google Redirect Virus, simply staying away from the website is not enough to avoid infection. It is important to scan your hard drives fully and to make sure that any malware associated with this malicious website is removed.


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