Do you know what Search.searchliveson.com is?
Search.searchliveson.com is a doubtful domain which is capable of changing the behavior of browsers completely. It does that by modifying certain aspects of all browsers installed on the affected system. More specifically, users see a new homepage set on their Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, which proves that Search.searchliveson.com is nothing more than a homepage hijacker. Users will no longer see their preferred websites after its infiltration. Instead, Search.searchliveson.com will be opened for them each time they launch any of their web browsers. Evidently, the existence of this search tool is quickly noticeable, but, unfortunately, not all the users rush to remove it from their browsers when they notice it because they find this website quite useful since it contains buttons leading to espn.com, nfl.com, and other sports-related websites. Believe us, you do not need to have Search.searchliveson.com set on your browsers to be able to access those websites, so go to delete this dubious search provider without consideration. If you still need more reasons to make it gone, read the rest of this report attentively.Search.searchliveson.com screenshot
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The general purpose of browser hijackers was revealed long time ago. They make money for their developers through online advertisements. Therefore, users who trust search tools set without their permission and use them to search the web might be provided with tons of commercial advertisements. Our team of experienced specialists is sure that these ads might expose users to potential threats. These sponsored search results have usually nothing do to with the entered search query even though they have an appearance of ordinary search results, and they can redirect to pages which are considered to be dubious. It is dangerous to surf unknown websites associated with advertisements because they might be unsafe and even contain applications classified as malicious software. These third-party websites often do not respect the privacy of users as well. Frankly, Search.searchliveson.com itself might become a threat to your privacy too because it is going to record personal information:
BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO GRANT POLARITY PERMISSION TO COLLECT YOUR URLS AND SEARCH DATA, INCLUDING SEARCH QUERIES THAT MAY CONTAIN PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, SHARE THEM WITH THIRD PARTIES, AND USE SEARCH-RELATED COOKIES
Our specialists believe that all victims of Search.searchliveson.com should be aware of the methods used to distribute browser hijackers so that they could avoid similar infections. Their previous experience has clearly shown and Search.searchliveson.com proved it again that the majority of browser hijackers come with freeware in software bundles. It does not mean that users install malware alongside freeware on all occasions. This usually happens when people download free applications from dubious P2P websites. Download software from pages you know are safe to prevent the entrance of undesirable software again, pay close attention to user agreements, and, finally, opt for the Advanced installation of new software to see a list of all components that are going to be installed on the computer.
There are three ways to get rid of Search.searchliveson.com. First, you can go to delete this URL manually by using our manual removal guide (see below). Second, you can simply reset your all browsers to their default settings. Third, an automatic malware remover can perform the removal of this browser hijacker for you. The latter method, without doubt, should be used by inexperienced users because it is the simplest one.
- Launch Run (press Win+R).
- Type regedit and click OK.
- Open the registry key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- Locate the Start Page Value.
- Right-click on this value, select Modify from the drop-down menu, and then clear the Value data field.
- Click OK.
- Open the Windows Explorer (press the Windows key and E together).
- Go to %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.
- Find a folder containing the prefs.js file (its name should consist of random symbols).
- Right-click on this file, select Open with, and then select Notepad from the list of programs.
- Find user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://Search.searchliveson.com"); in this file and delete this line.
- Save the changes.
- Press Win+E to launch the Explorer.
- Open the Default folder in %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data.
- You should be able to find three files there: Preferences, Web Data, and Secure Preferences.
- Open these files with the program like Notepad one after the other.
- Find all instances of http://Search.searchliveson.com inside them and change them to http://www.google.com or another URL.
- Save the changes.
In non-techie terms:
Hundreds of websites that look like trustworthy search providers only pretend to be good. It often quickly turns out that a legitimate-looking website is only a browser hijacker generating money for its author. Search.searchliveson.com is one of them. It enters computers with freeware in software bundles. There are also cases when it travels together with other unreliable applications too, so it is not enough to delete Search.searchliveson.com. Users should also scan their PCs with an automatic scanner, e.g. SpyHunter to find out whether other bad applications are working on their PCs. If an automatic tool detects any malicious components, go to take care of them as soon as possible or let a reputable malware remover do this job for you automatically.