Do you know what Search.browsersearch.net is?
Were you redirected to Search.browsersearch.net once? Are you being redirected to this strange search engine constantly? Has it taken over your browser, and now you face it every time you launch your browser or use the default search provider? Is the hijacker represented via browsers on your Mac desktop or a iOS or Android mobile device? These are few of the many questions that you need to answer before you start learning more about the suspicious search tool that our research team classifies as a browser hijacker. At the moment, it looks like it corrupts browsers by taking over homepage and search provider settings, but it is still unknown whether it was created for the mobile platform or the desktop. In either case, our research team strongly recommends removing Search.browsersearch.net, and if you want to learn how to do that, please continue reading.
As you might have discovered yourself, Search.browsersearch.net was created by AirFind Corp. This suspicious company has also created Browserhome.net and Mobisearch.co. The interface of the latter one is identical to the hijacker we are discussing in this report. There is a search field (“Search the web…”), and three buttons underneath called “Home Portal,” “Google Search”, and “Bing Search.” If you click the first one, you are routed to http://portal.airfind.com/, which is a search engine-type of website that provides you with numerous news articles, horoscopes, links to “popular sites,” etc. The other two buttons route to http://portal.airfind.com/google-cse and http://portal.airfind.com/search?provider=bing&s=b respectfully. These links open pages identical to Search.browsersearch.net, but the illusion is that the results you will see are presented by Google or Bing. This could be true, but the most important part is that sponsored links/advertisements are represented along with them, and that is why we strongly advise deleting this hijacker. The ads shown could route you to malicious websites, and you could be scammed. Note that even if you trust Google Search or Bing Search, you need to remove the hijacker.
Although the search results shown via http://search.browsersearch.net/search appear to be authentic, they are modified, and trusting them is very dangerous. Trusting the hijacker itself is dangerous because it can spy on you to record information that could assist third parties, including advertisers. Even personal information can be recorded if you disclose it, which is why you need to be cautious at all times. The chances are that Search.browsersearch.net slithered in along with other suspicious programs or mobile apps, and they could spy on you as well. This is partially why we advise resetting the browser that is affected by the hijacker. If any unreliable cookies are placed, they will be removed during the reset.
What do you think about Search.browsersearch.net? If you agree with us, you think that it is a browser hijacker that was set up just so that it would be easier for unknown advertisers to promote their links and offers. It is strongly recommended that you delete the hijacker as soon as possible, but before that, you should scan your computer or your mobile device to check for other infections. If you find threats that you cannot delete manually, you might choose to install anti-malware software because it can automatically delete Search.browsersearch.net along with all other threats. If you decide to clean your device/computer manually, the guide below should help you reset the browsers to get rid of the infection.
- Open the Safari browser.
- Click the Safari menu icon and then click Reset Safari.
- Mark the boxes representing the data you want to be cleared.
- Click Reset and then immediately perform a full system scan.
Reset Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome and enter chrome://settings/ into the address bar.
- Move to the bottom of the menu and click Advanced.
- Scroll down to the Reset menu and then click Reset.
- Immediately perform a full system scan.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox and tap keys Alt+H.
- In the Help menu select Troubleshooting information.
- Click the Refresh Firefox button on the right.
- Immediately perform a full system scan.
In non-techie terms:
If you have discovered that Search.browsersearch.net has corrupted your browser, you need to get down to the root of this. Was this hijacker installed without your permission? Did other infections come along with it? A legitimate malware scanner can assist you in finding if other infections are active and require removal. Hopefully, you do not face any other infections, and all you need to do is reset the browser that was affected by this suspicious hijacker. The instructions above show how to do that. If you find that you cannot delete Search.browsersearch.net yourself, it is a good idea to invest in anti-malware software that will simultaneously erase threats and keep them away in the future. If you have more questions about the threat and its elimination, post a comment below.