- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Do you believe Search.searchotva.com to be a regular search provider? According to our research, this “regular provider” is actually a browser hijacker that must be removed from your browsers as soon as possible. Some browsers block direct access to this search provider; however, it would not corrupt your browsers if you visited it. In order to take over your browsers, this hijacker has to be installed first. We have found several different ways for this program to enter your operating system. It can be downloaded along with the Online TV Access by SaferBrowser extension available at onlinetvaccess.com. The installer of this infection can also be attached to software bundles. If the hijacker has followed the extension, it is unlikely that you will need to eliminate many other threats besides the extension. However, if it was installed by a third-party software distributor, it is likely that you will have to worry about other malicious infections after you remove Search.searchotva.com.
Online TV Access by SaferBrowser is an extension that promotes easy-access links to TVNews, Local Weather, AMC, Netflix, ESPN GO, and Hulu. This extension is very similar to Your Interests Now, My Radio XP, Easy Sports Access, and other extensions that travel bundled with such malicious browser hijackers as Search.myradioxp.com, Search.yourinterestscenter.com, and Search.easysportsaccess.com. As you can guess, these hijackers are identical to the malicious Search.searchotva.com. The only difference is that this hijacker does not reveal the name of the extension it is associated with. Due to this, there is a possibility that this hijacker could be linked to a different add-on in the future. For now, it is Online TV Access. According to our research, users can acquire this suspicious extension from chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/online-tv-access/acmbkdcplacpdifblbmlghndlegnbiha as well. Note that the random collection of letters in this URL, acmbkdcplacpdifblbmlghndlegnbiha, reveals the Chrome ID. This is also the name of the folder that holds the components of the Chrome extension. The files representing Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox extensions are Online TV Access_settings.json and firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively.
You must delete Search.searchotva.com from your browsers and your PC, and the only question left is in regards of how you should do it. In some cases, the hijacker is disabled with the elimination of the extension. Even in this case, it is likely that you will find leftovers that also require removal. We have created a straightforward removal guide that will show you how to eliminate all components and change the homepage that this infection is capable of modifying. If you are confused about any of the steps, you can contact us by leaving a comment below. Our objective is to help you, and we cannot do that if you do not specify your problems. Hopefully, our tips will help you eliminate this hijacker successfully. Unfortunately, we know for a fact that this guide will be useless if you are trying to delete other malicious programs. And these programs might have invaded your PC along with the hijacker. Needless to say, automated malware removal software is most efficient when it comes to the removal of these additional threats, or even Search.searchotva.com itself.