Do you know what Search.romandos.com is?
If you have agreed to have Search.romandos.com set as your default search provider and homepage, you probably think that this search tool is trustworthy and beneficial. If it has corrupted your browser without your permission, you probably think that it is incredibly malicious. In fact, this threat falls somewhere in the middle. It does not look like it can record and leak personal information – which is something that more dangerous hijackers are capable of – but it can modify the search results that are shown via seemingly reputable search engines, Google and Yahoo. Our research team classifies the search tool as a browser hijacker, and it is strongly recommended that you delete Search.romandos.com from any browser that it might have taken over. If you are still not sure about the removal, you should continue reading to learn more.
Romandos.com is the creator of Search.romandos.com, and it represents itself as a distributor of Mac software. According to the latest research, the hijacker is found on those web browsers that are installed on the Mac OS. It is most likely that the hijacker is spread via software bundles that represent other programs by Romandos. Are these programs reliable and useful? That is difficult to say, but if a company is linked to an unreliable browser hijacker, it is highly unlikely that it would be linked to highly useful and reliable pieces of software. The hijacker could also be spread by third-party installers. In either case, if the hijacker is active, you are likely to find other infections. Install a trustworthy malware scanner and run it to check if threats exist. If they do, you must remove them immediately. Search.romandos.com itself deserves removal because it does not work as a trustworthy search engine, which is how it looks like at first sight.
The interface of Search.romandos.com is truly misleading because it introduces you to the hijacker as a normal search engine. In reality, when you enter keywords into the search field, you are automatically rerouted to third-party sites, including search.yahoo.com (Web), images.search.yahoo.com (Images), video.search.yahoo.com (Video), news.google.com/news/headlines (News), and savefront.com (Shopping). If you think that the results shown via these pages are trustworthy, you need to think again. The hijacker redirects to Yahoo and Google deliberately, so that you would automatically assume that the results are fine. In reality, they could be modified to include unreliable third-party links, and that is the main reason the hijacker cannot be treated as a trustworthy tool. Unfortunately, it is possible that the parties using the hijacker to promote their links could be malicious, and so interacting with the links could be dangerous.
Since only Mac users need to remove Search.romandos.com from their browsers, we have selected the web browsers that most Mac users employ, which include Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. The guide below shows how to reset these browsers, which ensures that the unwanted Search.romandos.com is no longer represented via the homepage or default search provider. If you need instructions for a different web browser, or you need other kind of help, start a conversation in the comments section. Another thing you need to consider doing is installing anti-malware software. If you do it now, you will not need to think about existing threats, as they will be eliminated automatically. Also, your system will gain reliable protection.
- Open the browser and click the Safari button at the top.
- Click Reset Safari… and then check all available boxes.
- Click Reset and then restart the browser.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
- Open the browser and click the menu icon on the top right.
- Click the question mark icon and select Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox and then restart the browser.
Reset Google Chrome
- Open the browser and click the wrench icon on the top right.
- Choose Settings and then expand the menu by clicking Advanced.
- Click Reset and then restart the browser.
In non-techie terms:
Though Search.romandos.com looks harmless at first sight, this browser hijacker is not that harmless. It can redirect to third-party pages without your permission, and it is possible that it can inject sponsored content into the results pages shown. Also, this hijacker can collect information that could be shared with undisclosed parties as well. Overall, we recommend removing Search.romandos.com because it is not beneficial or reliable, and you can definitely find a better tool to browse the web. If you cannot restore your browsers using the guide above, you can communicate with our research team via the comments section. Also, remember that you can install anti-malware software to have the existing threats eliminated automatically.