is the address of a fake search engine that is being promoted through a browser hijacker application. The vast majority of users may not even notice that this annoying application was installed on their computers due to the deceptive methods it employs for distribution. Browser hijackers are known for hiding inside fake software installers/updaters. Another popular technique is called 'bundling' - the application's installation is included as a preselected option under the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' settings of another freeware product. The reliance on such manipulative tactics classifies these applications as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

The browser hijacker is capable of taking over a wide range of Web browsers - Google, Firefox, Edge, and a host of Chromium-based browsers. The PUP will proceed to modify certain settings, such as the homepage, new page tab and the default search engine. After all, the goal is to promote its own sponsored address. As a result, whenever users open a new blank tab, initiate a search in the URL tab, or just open the affected browser, it will generate artificial traffic towards Fake search engines lack the ability to generate search results on their own, and is not an exception. Users will notice that all of their searchers are being hijacked by the fake engine and then redirected to Yahoo immediately for the results. 

Users who notice any of the signs typically associated with the activity of a browser hijacker or a PUP are strongly encouraged to scan their systems and remove the dubious application as soon as possible or risk having their activities being tracked. Most PUPs can collect information such as the search history, all clicked URLs, visited websites, IP address, geolocation of the device and more. The gathered data will be uploaded to a remote server and could potentially be sold to third parties. 


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