- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If your browser’s homepage or search engine has been changed to Yoursites123.com without your approval, then you ought to remove it as fast as possible. It may seem like a legitimate search engine, but it is not. After running a few tests we have discovered that it replaces the browser’s default homepage/search engine with its address. We are concerned that this hijacker can display advertisements in its search results to make money. Hence, it is apt to feature content from unverified sources, so it is possible that it will promote malicious websites and software downloads. It can also collect information and share it with third parties. All in all, you should not risk your computer’s security and your privacy by allowing this hijacker to remain on your system. We invite you to read this article which will provide you with information regarding its distribution methods and functionality, as well as a removal guide.
Without further ado, let us begin with how it functions. For starters, Yoursites123.com works like any other search engine. The only problem we have with it is that it redirects all of its search queries to Google.com, so actually you are using Google.com — not Yoursites123.com. However, this does not mean that Google’s results have not been modified to display additional ads. The search results can include promotional links that come from unknown sources. Therefore, it is more than likely that some of the ads will redirect to malicious websites that can contain downloads of malicious software, such as adware, browser hijackers, and spyware. However, you may encounter various Trojans such as LeChiffre Ransomware.
In any case, this browser hijacker has multiple clones, such as Mystartsearch.com, Webssearches.com, and Sweet-page.com. All of them work the same, but may promote different content. So, upon infection Yoursites123.com hijacks the search engine of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, as well as Edge’s and Firefox’s homepages. This is done to force you to use this hijacker to perform your daily searches, view its advertisements and generate adverting revenue for its developers. Furthermore, this it modifies the browsers’ Target line to prevent you from changing the browser settings before the infection. To be more precise, it adds Yoursites123.com’s address in quotes after the Target directory.
So that is what this infection does, but now we need to know how it is distributed. After doing so digging online, we have found that this hijacker is most likely being distributed by utilizing software bundles. Software bundles often include several applications, so they are ideal to secretly install a browser hijacker. Take note that the bundles IP address comes with do not offer you to opt out its installation, so your best bet is to avoid shady websites that are known to host bundled software.
Even though Yoursites123.com does not rank high on the danger scale, it still can compromise your computer’s security with more and more programs that will keep piling up if you continue to visit its promoted websites until, eventually, your computer becomes slower and start crashing. So you should remove this hijacker, and if you need help with dealing with this issue, check out our uninstallation instructions below.
How to get rid of this browser hijacker
Windows Vista & 7
Windows 8 & 8.1
Reset browser setting to default
Fix the modifications made to the browser’s Target line