- Annoying Pop-up's
- Shows commercial adverts
- Connects to the internet without permission
Searchonlinenow.net is yet another browser hijacker to have recently come out and we strongly recommend that you remove it. We regard this website/search engine as an infection, because it is set as your browser’s homepage and it may contain certain mechanisms that can be used to prevent you from making any changes to this hijacker’s modifications. Furthermore, as a search engine, Searchonlinenow.net is highly unreliable, because it can inject promotional links and advertisements into its search results. We want to warn you that those promotional links may be dangerous and they come from unverified sources. And, given that Searchonlinenow.net is a browser hijacker, it is likely that it will promote borderline legitimate software and other shady content.
This browser hijacker has been released by a mysterious web monetization company located somewhere in Asia, or so the company itself claims. Regardless of its origins, Searchonlinenow.net was designed only to serve one purpose, and that purpose is to generate web traffic to its promoted websites. Obviously, this particular hijacker is not this developer’s first release. We have recently covered its clones called Expressfind.net, Allinsearch.com, and Resultforquery.com. However, this is just the beginning as we think that this developer will continue to roll out new browser hijackers.
As a website, Searchonlinenow.net has no power over your browser’s settings. However, it is distributed using malicious software installers that can modify your browser’s settings during installation and, thus, change the default homepage to Searchonlinenow.net. Obviously, these software installers do not contain just any software. Most of the time, they feature adware, bad toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs, so our advice is to avoid downloading software from unknown sources, especially those that specialize in freeware dissemination. Also, remember to always opt for custom installation settings whenever possible and uncheck the installation of undesirable software.
If you happen to accidentally install a software bundle that features this hijacker, then your browser’s homepage will be set Searchonlinenow.net. And, this hijacker will affect Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. However, the new Edge browser seems to be unaffected by this infection. Depending on the nature of the installer, you may be able to remove Searchonlinenow.net by simply changing the homepage address. However, if that does not work, then you ought to use the guide located below.
Another reason you should delete Searchonlinenow.net from your browser is that its primary purpose is to subject you to promotional links and advertisements that are in ample supply, since, as mentioned, this hijacker’s developers are in the web monetization business. Here is an interesting quote from this hijacker’s user’s license agreement: “In no event will Search online now, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages.” The quote continues, but it is obvious what it is trying to say.
There is no doubt that Searchonlinenow.net is a browser hijacker and we suggest that you remove it as soon as possible, because its unreliable promotions may get your computer infected with adware and other software of similar malicious nature. As mentioned, you should first try changing the homepage via the browser’s settings. If Searchonlinenow.net does not go away, then you should refer to our removal guide.
Get rid of Searchonlinenow.net
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Fix the modifications made to the Brower’s Target line