- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
The appearance of Search.searchlma.com in your browsers could be the indication of a malware attack. Namely, a browser hijacker may have entered your system and made some changes to your browser settings without your permission. Finding this search engine page as your home page and default search engine could be rather annoying because every time you use your browsers, it will be there. What is even worse is that this hijacker may expose you to potentially harmful third-party web content. This kind of exposure could seriously increase the vulnerability of your operating system; therefore, we advise you to remove Search.searchlma.com as soon as possible. Please continue reading our article if you would like to find out more about this malware infection so that you can protect your computer from future attacks.
You can install the browser extension called Local Map Access from its promotional webpage at localmapsaccess.com. This is one way to get this search engine set in your browsers. But we are sure this is not the main way because it could not spread widely enough only through this site. Do you think you could find this site by performing a web search using such general words as local, map, and access? However, if you care to see what happens when you enter Search.searchlma.com as your search query, you will find on the first page of the results that you are dealing with an infection. As a matter of fact, most links will point to websites where you can read about how you should delete Search.searchlma.com from your computer. That is why we believe that it is very important to do these checks before downloading any tools. Prevention is always better than dealing with malware infections, i.e., crying over spilt milk.
The most likely reason for this browser hijacker to show up on your computer is that it comes in a freeware bundle. For this to happen, you need to visit certain questionable freeware or torrent websites and click on third-party ads there. These sites host infectious bundles promoted through unreliable third-party ads. It is possible that you do not even realize that you click on an ad because it looks more like a button. Sometimes these can be pop-up windows similar to that of a Windows dialogue window. If you happen to let such a bundle onto your computer it is essential that you check your system for infections. You can do this manually or by using a trustworthy online scanner. If you want to see for yourself, you can open the installed programs list in Control Panel and scan through the list if you find any unwanted applications or signs of suspicious programs. Be careful though and always double-check before you remove any file from there before you ruin your system. You can run a Google search, for example, when you are not sure that the application is a system file or a vital part of some other software. When you are done with the Control Panel, you can also check the list of extensions in your browsers.
When this browser hijacker sneaks onto your computer it sets either Search.searchlma.com or home.searchlma.com as you home page and search engine. We have found that this hijacker is very similar to search.searchfdf.com. Although it offers you quick links on a fake toolbar that lead to third-party websites related to maps and directions, we advise you to stay away from any of its services, including the search tool. We have noticed that this hijacker may inject third-party ads and links into the third-party websites and it can also modify the search results. Clicking on any of these could route you to unreliable websites operated by cyber criminals. That is why it is potentially dangerous to keep this infection on board. If you are a security-minded person, you should delete Search.searchlma.com the moment you find it in your browsers.
It takes a bit more than a click of a button to eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer because its uninstaller does not clear all its components and leaves the extensions in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Therefore, you will have to take care of these manually. But do not worry, we have provided you step-by-step instructions below this article, should you need assistance. But, if you want to protect your PC efficiently, we suggest that you download and install a professional antimalware program.
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