Zapmeta.com is the address of a dubious search engine that is compatible with all of the most popular Web browsers. The main page of the search engine is designed to appear as official and legitimate as possible. Furthermore, Zapmeta advertises itself as a metadata search engine that supposedly filters results from Yahoo, Bing, YouTube, Wikipedia, and other places, to deliver the most optimal results to the user.
At the same time, however, ZapMeta is classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) that spreads through deceptive techniques, which hide its installation from the user. The application can then establish control over the Web browser and change the homepage, new tab page, and the default search browser to open its address. The ultimate goal of ZapMeta is to then start collecting information about the user's browsing habits - visited websites, clicked URLs, conducted searches, and more, which will be transmitted to remote servers. All gathered data will be used for the creation and delivery of intrusive targeted advertisements tailored for the specific user.
While PUPs and browser hijackers such as ZapMeta cannot cause any direct damage to the user's computer or device and are not considered a serious threat, they still lead to an increase in security risks. The advertisements they deliver may take the user to questionable or outright unsafe third-party websites through forced redirects. Users could be exposed to domains promoting additional PUPs or running various tactics (phishing, technical support schemes, etc.). It is recommended to remove all PUPs as soon as you notice the first signs of their activity with a professional anti-malware product, preferably.