- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Hotsearchresults.com cannot be called a unique and useful search engine; as a matter of fact, it looks like an identical clone of Expressfind.net and Topfindings.net, which are both browser hijackers. This malware infection is bad news for you if you find it in your browser, because that means it has managed to infiltrate your system and set itself as your new home page without your noticing it and without your permission. That is obviously an act against your privacy and, as such, it is illegal, too. Apart from being a silent intruder, this hijacker may also present you with unsafe third-party content, which could again expose you to more malware infections. Therefore, its presence is totally undesirable and risky. We recommend that you remove Hotsearchresults.com from your browsers as soon as possible if you want to regain control of your PC.
This hijacker is not different from any of the other clones; it uses the same distribution method, too. Hotsearchresults.com is mostly spread via infected freeware bundles. Although bundling is a good method to spread third-party tools and useful free software in one package, unfortunately, schemers can also use it to infect unsuspecting computer users. Mostly inexperienced users will end up on questionable freeware sites trying to download their new free software and, instead, allow a bunch of malware infections onto their hard drives. It is enough to click on a third-party ad disguised as a download button and the damage is done.
Even though they could still save the day if they are careful with the installation steps and opt out in time. But most people just want to install the new tool as fast as possible. This rush then results in more security issues than they can possibly handle. That is usually the time when users consider installing a professional antimalware program to protect their computers. But, if you have been infected with this browser hijacker, most probably, you do not have a security tool installed. Therefore, we advise you to delete Hotsearchresults.com and run a system scan to check for other threats, too.
While Hotsearchresults.com uses its own search engine to provide you with search results, unfortunately, you can never trust these. The reason is simple: This hijacker can alter the results and insert third-party ads and sponsored links among the normal results. The main goal of this search engine is to promote certain affiliated websites and third parties to generate web traffic. It is not about you and providing you with the best search results you can find. It is “all about the money, money, money” as the song goes and it cannot be truer in this case.
Do not forget that even cyber criminals may pose as third parties. What do you think might happen if you click on a link that leads you to a malicious website? Nothing good can come out of that, believe us. You could allow more malware infections onto your machine or worse, you might get scammed out of your money. You should remove Hotsearchresults.com now if you want to avoid such things.
Since this browser hijacker has no uninstaller and cannot be eliminated via Control Panel, you need to change the home page settings in all your browsers. It is not too difficult either, even if you are not an experienced user, you can easily do it. Please follow our guide below if you are unfamiliar with browser setting changes. If you do not want to hunt down the rest of the threats manually, we suggest that you use a reliable antimalware tool to protect your precious PC.
Remove Hotsearchresults.com from your browsers