Do you know what Oxsearches.com is?
Our researchers recommend being cautious with Oxsearches.com because the search engine looks rather unreliable. If the application was showing modified search results at the moment we tested it, the tool might have been classified as a browser hijacker, but since we did not notice such behavior so far, it does not fall under any classification of potentially dangerous programs. Nonetheless, we do not think it is the best choice for a search engine, and if you continue reading our article, we will explain to you why we believe the application to be suspicious. As for users who perhaps downloaded Oxsearches.com accidentally or wish to erase it for any other reason we encourage following the removal guide located at the end of the text.
It could be still too early to say given the search engine may not be active yet, but it is entirely possible it could be distributed through bundled software installers that the user might get from unreliable file-sharing web pages or while interacting with suspicious advertisements, and so on. We do not say the tool would settle in your system without permission; however, it is possible some users could allow it to enter the system without realizing it.
Suggestions that travel with bundled installers can be easily overlooked if the user rushes and does not read what is written on the configuration wizard. The truth is if the user receives unwanted applications as a result, he might waste more time while trying to get rid of them then he would while reviewing terms on the configuration wizard. In some cases, the additional software can be deselected if you just pick custom installation settings once the installer is launched. Thus, if you did receive Oxsearches.com unknowingly, we recommend being more attentive in the future.Oxsearches.com screenshot
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Now that we discussed how the search engine could be distributed or received it is time we explain why the tool looks so suspicious to us. For starters, even though it does not seem to be displaying modified search results and questionable advertising content among them, we believe the application could still do this later on. This seems possible since the description available on the Oxsearches.com “About” section mentions the software’s developers might serve the search engine’s users with “most relevant and highest paying ads sourced from our direct advertiser base.” It means they may have created the tool only to gain advertising revenue. In other words, the tool’s developers may not be concentrated on making the application the best search engine there is. Another reason we believe this to be true is that Oxsearches.com looks quite identical to some suspicious software we have already tested before, e.g., Websearchthis.com.
Lastly, users should know that if Oxsearches.com would start displaying suspicious advertisements, there might be no guarantees for such content’s reliability. Therefore, if you notice questionable third-party ads while browsing with this search engine, we advise you to be extra careful with them. On the other hand, there are more reliable applications you can search the Internet with and it seems to us it would be wiser to pick one, instead of taking chances with a tool that is considered to be unreliable. If you decide to delete this suspicious application from your browser we can help you complete this task is you just follow the steps of our provided removal guide available below the text.
- Press Alt+X.
- Pick Internet Options.
- Navigate to the Advanced tab.
- Click Reset to mark Delete personal settings.
- Then press Reset again and click Close.
- Press the Help icon.
- Select Troubleshooting information.
- Then click on Refresh Firefox and press Refresh Firefox again.
- Click Finish.
- Press Alt+F.
- Select Settings and slide down.
- Click on Advanced and scroll down again.
- Select Reset then press the Reset button.
In non-techie terms:
Oxsearches.com is not a reliable tool, and if you do not wish to take any chances, you should just erase it at once. Provided, there are more reputable search engines available (e.g., google.com, bing.com, etc.), we think it would be wiser to pick one of them. As you see, even though the mentioned search engine does not fall under the classification of potentially dangerous applications so far, it still does not mean it can be trusted. According to our researchers, the tool could be inactive at the moment, and so with time, it could start showing unreliable advertisements. If you do not wish to risk encountering it, we recommend removing the untrustworthy application with the removal guide located above or a reputable antimalware tool of your choice.