Do you know what Search-shield.com is?
If you have clicked on random third-party ads recently, it is possible that a new search engine, Search-shield.com, emerges in your browsers. You need to be very careful with your clicks while surfing the net because you may drop a whole bundle of malware infections onto your computer. And, this is exactly what could have happened if you find this useless search engine on your system. This clearly means that your PC could be under attack by a number of threats. This search engine, for example, may present to you potentially unreliable content through search results. If you click on such content, you may be redirected to unsafe websites. This could have rather detrimental consequences with regard to your virtual security. Therefore, we advise you to delete Search-shield.com and all other related and unrelated malware infections as well if you want to be safe while your machine is on.Search-shield.com screenshot
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Our researchers have found that this infection is mostly distributed through corrupt third-party ads coming from ad-supported programs, including PDFdefault ads and Netsafe Offers Ads. This obviously means that your computer has to be infected with such malware so that you encounter such advertisements. It should be clear then why it is vital that you keep your computer clean of malware infections. As you can see, even one single adware application can cause more security issues simply by being present on your system. But such ads can also be presented to you by shady websites, including torrent, freeware, gaming, and pornographic sites. When you end up on an unfamiliar page, it is quite easy to get confused and click on content that could be corrupt and drop a bundle of threats onto your computer. In that case, if you find this search engine in your browsers, it is quite likely that there could be other infections on board, too. And, this is exactly why we believe that it is important that you delete Search-shield.com and check your system for other threats. If you fail to act now, it could be too late next time; as it happens, time is not your friend when it comes to malware infections.
According to our research, this search engine was developed by ClientConnect Ltd. This is not the first attempt of this team to create a money maker tool. Other identical search engines from this company include Trovi search-armor.com, search.gogetsport.com, and many others. This infection tries to convince you of its reliability by using the Bing logo and also a label on its pseudo-toolbar that says “results by Bing.” This trick is only used to mislead inexperienced computer users, who may not therefore realize that the search engine they find as their new homepage, new tab page, and default search engine in their browsers is really a potential threat source. Unfortunately, this malware infection can modify the original search results that Bing comes up with and integrate promoted affiliates’ websites through advertisements and sponsored links. The real problem arises when cyber criminals use this search engine to promote their malicious websites in disguise. You will not be able to tell the difference between a legitimate ad and a corrupt one because on the surface they may look the same. However, the embedded links could take you to malicious websites, and this trip to “No-no Land” could end quite badly for you. If you do not want to become a victim of online crimes and lose money from your bank account, you should not hesitate to remove Search-shield.com from your browsers.
Since this questionable search engine can show up in all three major browsers, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, you should reset them all to get rid of this infection. Keep in mind that by resetting your browsers you need to say goodbye to all your preferences and extensions because all will be set to default. Also, do not forget about the possibility that there are other infections on your system. These need your immediate attention, too. You can try to identify them and take care of them manually; however, if you are an inexperienced user, you may leave some more dangerous ones on board. This is why we suggest that you download and install a reliable malware removal application, such as SpyHunter. But you can also run a web search for any trustworthy security product to find the best-fitting one for you; the main rule is to beware of the rogue tools.
Remove Search-shield.com from your browsers
- Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down and click Reset settings.
- Press Reset.
- Tap Alt+H and choose Troubleshooting Information.
- Press Refresh Firefox.
- In the confirmation window, press Refresh Firefox again.
- Click Finish.
- Tap Alt+T and open Internet Options.
- On the Advanced tab, click Reset.
- Mark Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- Press Close.
In non-techie terms:
Search-shield.com is a new potential threat coming from ClientConnect Ltd. This search engine page is a completely unnecessary and useless addition to your browsers since it simply redirects your searches to Bing; in other words, this only serves as a mediator. So why on earth would you have it in your browsers and why not simply use Bing or other reputable search engines instead, such as Google and Yahoo? But its uselessness is the lesser issue here. Unfortunately, this search engine can introduce you to manipulated search results that could contain potentially unreliable third-party ads and sponsored links. Engaging with such risky content may take you to malicious websites and you may get scammed, lose money, or even your identity. We suggest that you remove Search-shield.com as soon as possible. If you want to feel protected from similar attacks, we recommend that you install a trustworthy anti-malware application.