- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Browser hijackers are becoming more and more prevalent since their releases have skyrocketed in the past year. Snjsearch.com is part of the Alexa family of browser hijackers, and we recommend that you remove it, provided that your computer was infected with it. Browser hijackers are fast becoming a profitable advertising platform that attracts the worst kind of advertisers who do not shy away from promoting malicious content. Indeed, the general purpose of this hijacker is to subject you to annoying and frequently malicious advertisements that are presented among its search results. Moreover, this hijacker is set to gather certain information about you that is used to tailor the ads. So if you are looking for ways to delete this infection, then we suggest using our removal guide at the bottom of this description.
Snjsearch.com falls into the category of browser hijackers because of the way it is distributed. Like every browser hijacker, it is set to automatically change your browser’s homepage or new tab page and search engine to its address. This particular hijacker is supported by Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. Moreover, it comes with a special browser extension also compatible with the three aforementioned browsers. However, if you use Internet Explorer, then you should check your OS’s Programs and Features menu for a Snjsearch.com-related program because you have to uninstall it.
As mentioned, Snjsearch.com includes advertisements in its search results. This fact is explicitly stated in its License Agreement which states that “Imalimedia may, at its own discretion and for its causes, include within the Website any links for third party websites, advertisements or links for applications ("Third Party Content").” Furthermore, its developers do not endorse or take responsibility for the promoted content, which just goes to show that it may truly be malicious, especially since it comes from unknown third parties. We believe that cybercriminals might use this advertising platform to promote their malicious content, such as spyware, ransomware, and so on. Therefore, this hijacker can seriously jeopardize your computer’s security.
Now let us talk about privacy. To our knowledge, this injection will automatically collect information, such as your IP address, referral data, and browser and platform type. This information is of not of personally identifiable nature which is fine. However, in some cases, Snjsearch.com may ask you for certain personal information, such as name, email address, shipping address, and zip code, as well as age, gender, occupation, and household income. You should never under any circumstances provide this information to unknown entities as they may misuse it.
Nevertheless, we know that Snjsearch.com has created by a company known as Imali Media Ltd. this company specializes in web monetization and it is happy to use browser hijackers to show you its promoted content. This company is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, but its “products” are available across the globe. Note that it produces a lot of browser hijackers, so not so long ago we encountered hijackers, such as Search.internetquickaccess.com, Search.wondrousmoviessearch.com, and to Thecoolestmoviesearch.com. All of these hijackers work in a similar fashion and in most cases they come with dedicated browser extensions or with custom web browsers based on Google’s Chromium open-source platform.
However, Snjsearch.com, in particular, is known to come only in software bundles. Software bundling is a very popular distribution method for malicious software since clever programmers can add additional software to a special installer that can install two or more programs sequentially. This hijacker is bundled only with malicious software and put up for download on illegitimate software distribution websites so you will not be provided with the opportunity to opt out from installing this hijacker.
In conclusion, Snjsearch.com is an illegitimate search engine that is nothing short of a browser hijacker. It is bundled with malicious software on distributed on shady websites. The software bundles it comes with are set to inject it into your computer without your authorization. Furthermore, it features ads and promotions inside its search results that can promote malicious software that can infect your computer if you click a download link. So if you want to keep your computer malware-free, we recommend removing this hijacker as soon as possible.
How to remove this browser hijacker
Windows 8 & 8.1
Windows Vista & 7
Remove the browser extension
Microsoft Internet Explorer