Do you know what Search.memethat.co is?
Judging from the domain address, you can probably tell that Search.memethat.co is a search engine. However, this search engine is not something you would want to have on your system. In fact, it is very likely that it is used by a browser hijacker to collect information on what websites you visit and what search keywords you use. This security threat is there to make money by pushing you into clicking commercial third-party content. The main problem is that this content could lead you to dangerous websites, so you have to remove Search.memethat.co from your system without any further ado.
When this search engine enters your computer, it can affect Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Although the program does not change your settings on the Edge browser, it is very likely that most of the users exposed to this infection will eventually have to deal with it. What’s more, users often are taken by surprise when they find out that they were the ones who allowed Search.memethat.co to enter their computers. That is not to say they installed the hijacker on purpose, but the point is that these types of programs cannot enter target systems without user’s permission.
So how does Search.memethat.co spread around? The browser hijacker is similar to Search.youremailnow.com, Search.yourclassifiedscenter.com, Search.yourinterestscenter.com, and others. Therefore, it is very likely that it employs the same distribution methods as all the programs in the same group. In other words, it probably comes from a malicious pop-up that is displayed by yet another unwanted application. What does this mean? It means that you have more dangerous programs installed on your computer, and those programs exposed you to potentially harmful content that led to the Search.memethat.co installation, too. In other words, your computer was infected before this browser hijacker appeared in your system.Search.memethat.co screenshot
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Perhaps we should discuss how potentially unwanted programs manage to enter target systems in the first place. They are often distributed in software bundles. A software bundle is a package or a third-party installer that carries several applications at the same time. When that happens, users are often unaware that they are about to install more than one program. While some installation wizards inform users about the additional features (like search engines or browser plug-ins), users tend to skip those steps and simply go straight to finish. As a result, many unwanted applications get installed on multiple computers worldwide. Consequently, these unwanted applications expose users to potentially harmful content which leads to further infections.
So when you get down to removing Search.memethat.co from your system, you will have to terminate an entire list of potentially harmful software. If you feel overwhelmed by this, you can use a professional security application to scan your PC and detect all the potential threats that might have infected your computer over the course of time. What’s more, you can also delete these dangerous threats automatically, too. While most of such programs can be removed manually, users seldom choose to deal with such tedious tasks themselves. So the most important thing right now is to choose a powerful security application that would do the job for you.
And it is not just about the programs installed on your PC. A security tool of your choice should be able to thwart malware attempts to collect your personal information and display unreliable third-party content. We mention this on purpose because this is exactly what Search.memethat.co does. After modifying your browser’s settings, the hijacker can track your online activity by checking which websites you visit the most often. It will also know what you usually search for, and this way it will be able to generate custom commercial advertisements that might lure you in.
Needless to say, you should pay no attention to whatever Search.memethat.co is showing. It might as well be a scam because the browser hijacker does not have the power over the content it promotes. Thus, cyber criminals could make use of this program to distribute their content, and there is nothing you could do about it.
Of course, you cannot prevent cyber criminals from exploiting Search.memethat.co, but you can protect yourself from potential consequences by deleting the hijacker right now. Please follow the instructions below for that.
How to Remove Search.memethat.co
- Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- On the right pane, right-click the Start Page value.
- Select Modify and change your start page address.
- Click OK.
- Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
- Go to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Unique user ID].
- Open the prefs.js file.
- Delete the following string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://Search.memethat.co");
- Close the file.
- Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Press OK.
- Open Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
- Delete the Secure Preferences, Preferences, and Web Data files.
In non-techie terms:
You probably understand that when your default homepage changes to something unfamiliar, it is not a good thing. It is even worse if that something is Search.memethat.co. You need to protect yourself and your computer from potential security issues by removing Search.memethat.co as soon as possible. You will also have more unwanted programs to deal with, so if you are not sure you can do it on your own, please do not hesitate to acquire a security application.