- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Has your browser’s homepage been recently changed to Livesmartsearch.com without your authorization? If so, then your computer has been infected with the Livesmartsearch.com browser hijacker. This infection might be tricky to remove, but we will provide you with the means to get rid of it at the bottom of this article. However, we recommend learning more about this hijacker in order to get a better understanding of how it works and what are the dangers of allowing it to remain on your computer. In a nutshell, this hijacker infects computers secretly, and it acts as a search engine that injects promotional links and advertisements inside the search results in order to make money for its developers and their clients. So without further ado, let us get into the details.
Like all browser hijackers, Livesmartsearch.com is distributed using a rather deceptive distribution method called software bundling. Software bundles are not inherently a bad thing, but quite often they feature software of questionable legitimacy. However, unwanted software can be removed from the installation process. However, malicious software bundles contain software that cannot be gotten rid of prior to the installation, and thus is installed secretly. Therefore, there is no doubt that Livesmartsearch.com is installed without warning or authorization from the user.
Livesmartsearch.com is known to be released by a dishonest malware developer that specializes in web traffic monetization. However, this developer is unknown and with good reason. It hides it identity, because it might have problems due to the malicious nature of its search engines that without exception are regarded as browser hijackers. It comes as no surprise that Livesmartsearch.com has dozens of clones and their number is steadily increasing. To date, we have discovered Allinsearch.com, Expressfind.net and a lot more clone browser hijackers that look and work exactly the same. Needless to say, those hijackers must be deleted as well in order to ensure your computer’s security.
Now let us overview how this hijacker actually works. So when you install a software bundle that contains Livesmartsearch.com it will be installed without knowledge or consent. It will replace the homepage of Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. It may modify the browser settings and prevent you from rolling back the changes made to the browser. However, in most cases you should be able to simply change the homepage via the settings menu, but if the problem persists, then we recommend that you reset the browser to its default settings. Apart from the oblivious reason of getting rid of it for its secretive distribution tactics, you may also want to get rid of it because it injects promotional links into its search results. Indeed, as a web traffic monetization tool, Livesmartsearch.com may display a fare share of promotional links. The problem is, however, that those promotions may advertise potentially unwanted programs, adware, and other unreliable content.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance to remove Livesmartsearch.com, because otherwise, your computer’s security will be compromised. There is no doubt that this search engine is actually a browser hijacker. So if you do not know how to delete this infection, please consult the removal guide we have provided at the bottom of this article. We also suggest getting an antimalware program capable of detecting browser hijackers. Cyber security is very important, so please do not take it for granted.
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