Do you know what Search.searchsmg.com is?
Search.searchsmg.com can be your next “uninvited guest” on your computer that may introduce you to potentially unreliable third-party web content. As a matter of fact, our researchers have labeled this malware threat as a browser hijacker because it can make changes to your browser and set itself as your home page, new tab page, or even your default search provider. This is bad news for you since this hijacker can affect all three major browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Therefore, the exposure to potentially risky content is quite likely every time you use any of these browsers. Our researchers have found that this browser hijacker belongs to a hijacker family that includes Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourpackagesnow.com, and Search.yourmapscenter.com among many others. If you want to clean your PC of all potential threats, we advise you to start by removing Search.searchsmg.com. Please read on if you would like to find out more about the risks this tool may hide for you.
There are several ways for this browser hijacker to enter your computer and show up in your browsers. We believe that the most likely way however is that you click on a corrupt third-party pop-up commercial. This ad may not even look like an advertisement. It is possible that it offers you an urgent software upgrade or a driver update. You may not even see certain content on a webpage, which offers you to install the necessary plugin and so on. The main thing is here called deception. In other words, these ads appear to be something else than what they really are. One click and you could be “richer” with a browser hijacker like this. The worse case is when you drop a whole bundle of malware threats onto your machine with a single click on the wrong content. It is possible to be presented with such corrupt ads and links when there is at least one malware program on your system, such as a browser hijacker or adware. Another possibility is that you land on an unfamiliar torrent, gaming, or shareware site because these suspicious pages usually promote a number of unreliable third-party ads.Search.searchsmg.com screenshot
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We also have to mention the official channels, including the official webpage of this browser extension called Super Mega Gaming (supermegagaming.com) as well as the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/super-mega-gaming/kclomdljajbkpjeedeecmpjieojknfmc. Although it seems that over 55,000 computer users have installed this tool so far through these official sources, we still assume that more people get infected through unofficial channels. So when you find this extension in your browsers, we advise you to scan your system with a reliable malware scanner to detect all potential threats right after you delete Search.searchsmg.com.
This useless browser extension offers you easy access to over 1000 free online games. There are several buttons on a fake toolbar leading to third-party sites, including addictinggames.com, roblox.com, and terraarcade.com. Visiting these sites may also be risky because they may ask you to register with your e-mail address but they also promote potentially harmful third-party ads. This malware infection sends all your searches to a possibly modified Yahoo search results page. This is a usual method that most browser hijackers use to fool users into believing that the results are all trustworthy. However, this extension makes money for its authors through generating web traffic to affiliated third parties’ websites. Therefore, it is unfortunately possible that cyber criminals pose as third parties and they promote their corrupt links leading to malicious websites through these search results. Clicking on such ads could lead to all kinds of bad consequences starting with infecting your computer with more malware threats than you could handle. But you can also find yourself on fake websites and get scammed by crooks. If you do not wish to find out what could happen, you should remove Search.searchsmg.com right away.
If you are ready to act, here is what we suggest you do. First, check the list of installed programs to see if there is an uninstaller for this application. If so, you should run it. However, this uninstaller only takes care of Internet Explorer, so you have to clean the extensions yourself in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as well. If you are not familiar with these steps, please use our instructions below as a guide. But if you want proper protection for your system and your files that you store on your machine, maybe it is time you considered installing a reputable anti-malware program.
How to remove Search.searchsmg.com from Windows
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Tap Win+Q and type uninstall a program. Press Enter.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
- Choose Uninstall a program.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
- Click Start and pick Control Panel.
- Select Add or Remove Programs.
- Click on the application and click Remove.
How to remove Search.searchsmg.com from your browsers
- Press Alt+F and select Settings.
- At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
- At the bottom, click Reset settings.
- Click Reset in the pop-up.
- Press Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- In the pop-up, click Refresh Firefox once more.
- Press Finish.
- Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
- Choose the Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Mark Delete personal settings checkbox and press Reset.
- Click Close.
In non-techie terms:
Search.searchsmg.com is a new unreliable search page that can show up in your browsers after you click on questionable third-party pop-up ads. Although it is possible to install this browser extension from official channels, our researchers have categorized it as a browser hijacker because it can modify certain browser settings. This hijacker may show up in your browsers as your home page, new tab page, and also as your default search engine. It is important to know that while this tool provides you with useful-looking easy access buttons leading to online gaming-related websites, its search engine may pose a threat to your virtual security. In fact, this infection may display you manipulated search results containing potentially unreliable third-party ads and links that may take you to malicious webpages if you engage with them. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Search.searchsmg.com right now. If you would like to keep your computer protected, we advise you to use a trustworthy malware removal application.