- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Iqasearch.com is a questionable search engine that you should avoid using if you do not want to be exposed to potentially harmful third-party web content. This search engine can show up in your Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers when you install a browser add-on. This tool does not seem to affect Internet Explorer. If you do not remember installing this add-on, it is quite likely that you clicked on a malicious pop-up ad or you downloaded a bundle of infections from a questionable P2P site. Of course, this may mean that there are multiple threats making your computer more vulnerable and accessible to cyber criminals. Therefore, it is essential that you understand the potential risks so that you do not hesitate to act. We recommend that you remove Iqasearch.com as soon as possible, but first, read our article to learn why we think your PC is safer without this malware infection.
This tool was developed by IMALI - N.I. MEDIA LTD., and it seems identical to Search.realcoolmoviessearch.com and also very similar to Search.searchinsocial.com. You need to understand that the main purpose of these free tools, which are usually unreliable and potential threat sources, is to generate money for its publishers. Since this search engine can do that by promoting third parties through the services it provides for unsuspecting users, you can be sure that the search results it shows and the third-party ads the linked websites may display will contain potentially unreliable ones.
Iqasearch.com provides you a pseudo-toolbar with a search tool and several easy-access links related to movies, TV, news, and social media. Below the main search box you can also find a number of thumbnail links to popular websites, such as Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, and IMDb. Although these may seem like legitimate and trustworthy sites, we would like to point out that if you use them through this tool, there is a chance that you will be presented with unreliable third-party ads once you end up on those sites.
Using the search tool is equally risky because you may find yourself on a modified Yahoo results page after entering your queries. This search engine may also collect data about your browsing habits, which can be used to create a profile on you in order to target you with relevant ads. All in all, this is a totally unreliable and useless tool. You would be better off using the browsers’ built-in bookmarks if you want quick links to your preferred websites. If you delete Iqasearch.com from your system, you can greatly lower the chance of being exploited by criminals. However, you will still have to be careful about the websites you choose to download software, the links or ads you click on, which are the most frequent reasons to get infected in the first place.
Research shows that this infection may spread in two ways. First, it is possible that you click on a pop-up advertisement either when visiting a suspicious website, or if there is malware on your computer, it can also display such corrupt ads. Second, this tool might also be found in freeware bundles traveling together with other infections. These bundles can be downloaded from shady file-sharing websites when searching for free software to download. That is why you need to be very careful where you click because the wrong choice could get a few malware installers onto your machine. In this situation, it will not be enough simply to remove Iqasearch.com since you will also have to check your system for other threats. Without eliminating all the infections entirely from your system, you will not be safe from the moment you switch on your computer.
This malware infection has no working uninstaller, so you cannot simply make it disappear through Control Panel. Instead, you need to reset your browsers. But Internet Explorer seems to remain untouched by this search engine, so you do not need to reset that one. If you are unfamiliar with browser settings, you can use our instructions below. If you want to have peace of mind and do not want to fight manual battles every time malware hits your machine, we suggest that you install a trustworthy antimalware tool.
How to remove Iqasearch.com from browsers