Do you know what Search.instantnewsnow.co is?
Search.instantnewsnow.co is a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are created to generate a financial profit for their developers at the expense of the users who are infected with it. Although browser hijackers cannot steal sensitive personal data, there are certain risks associated with these applications you should not ignore. The bottom line is that you need to remove Search.instantnewsnow.co from your system before it manages to redirect you to dangerous websites. While you are at it, you should also look for other unwanted applications that could be slowing down your browser or your computer.
The browser hijacker actually comes from a big group of similar intruders. We have mentioned this multiple times, but when a browser hijacker is not a stand-alone infection, it is very likely that it is identical to its predecessors and thus you can employ similar or even the same removal methods to get rid of it. Also, when we are dealing with a browser hijacker from a distinguished family, we already know what to expect of it, and we can more or less foresee its behavioral patterns. Of course, one might say that all browser hijackers are the same, but there are certain aspects that differ from one family to the other.
Search.instantnewsnow.co comes from the same family as Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourpackages.com, Search.youremailnow.com, and a few other intruders. All of these programs are compatible with Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox, so they can affect quite a few computers. The common feature of all the browser hijackers from this group is that they use a modified version of the Yahoo! Search engine to provide users with “reliable” search results. While it is true Yahoo! Search is a reliable engine, we would like to point out the word “modified” here. It means that the search results you will see through Search.instantnewsnow.co will be changed in a way that would make you click them.Search.instantnewsnow.co screenshot
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Why does Search.instantnewsnow.co need your clicks? This brings us back to the beginning of our description where we talked about the financial profit. This hijacker is not a Trojan, so it does not log your keystrokes to steal such information as your banking logins and passwords. It does not need that. Instead, the program makes money by promoting third-party content and collecting your clicks. Every single time you click a link that Search.instantnewsnow.co displays, you generate a small sum of money for this program via the pay-per-click system. Technically, there is nothing wrong about it, but you do not get anything in return, too.
Not to mention, you have an unwanted program on your computer, your browser’s settings get changed, and you are constantly exposed to unfamiliar and potentially corrupted content. Not that the hijacker wants to infect you with malware. It simply cannot control what kind of content is displayed in its advertising space (check out the big ads on the main homepage), and the search results links it offers. So, even if it does not want that, the program might end up being misused by cyber criminals.
It goes without saying that you need to protect your computer from such intruders. Since Search.instantnewsnow.co usually comes bundled with freeware, you should avoid downloading programs from third-party sources. For instance, it is very likely that such websites as descargar.es, filewin.com, malavida.es, filewon.com, and so on could be responsible for browser hijacker distribution. Computer security experts always emphasize the importance of downloading programs from their official sources. Not to mention that if you download software in a bundle, Search.instantnewsnow.co will be just one of the many unwanted applications that enter your PC.
Luckily, Search.instantnewsnow.co is not a severe computer infection, and you can delete this hijacker without much difficulty. Please note that each browser will have separate removal instructions, and you also need to terminate several other applications.
The best way to detect all the potential threats that might be hiding on your computer is to scan your system with the SpyHunter free scanner. You can also invest in a security tool that would safeguard your PC in the future. But that may not be enough to avoid browser hijackers and other intruders, so please be careful about the websites you visit and the files you download.
How to Delete Search.instantnewsnow.co
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type regedit into the Open box. Click OK.
- Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- Right-click the Start Page value on the right pane.
- Choose Modify and edit your homepage address. Press OK.
- Press Alt+T and open Add-ons.
- Click Extensions and remove Instant News Now.
- Press Alt+F and go to More tools.
- Click Extensions and delete Instant News Now.
In non-techie terms:
Search.instantnewsnow.co is one of those search engines that look like the real deal while in fact it is a potential security threat. If your default homepage was changed to this domain, you need to remove all the unwanted programs from your PC immediately. Don’t know which programs to remove? Make use of our scanner to quickly scan your system, and you will soon find a ton of applications and files that you have to delete for good. Do what is best to you and your computer, and do not wait until it is too late to do anything about it.