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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Search-eyes.tk is a questionable search engine that gets installed by a browser hijacker silently, i.e., without your consent and knowledge. This is an obvious act against your privacy and therefore also illegal. That is usually just enough reason for a security-minded computer user to remove Search-eyes.tk from the computer. However, this hijacker may also pose a threat to your system security by displaying potentially unreliable third-party advertisements on its main page. To our greatest surprise, this browser hijacker seems to present you with legitimate search results and not manipulated ones as we are used to in such cases. But do not get too excited because the presence of this search engine in your browsers is still a risk factor. What’s more, it is possible that there are other malware infections on your computer as well. Therefore, it is important for you not to hesitate to act. You should remove Search-eyes.tk and all other potentially harmful applications in order to secure your operating system and your virtual world. Leaving malware threats on board is like sleeping with a “time bomb” under your pillow. Let us tell you how this infection can infiltrate your system and its potential risks as well as how you can solve this situation.

We have found that this browser hijacker is mostly spreading in the non-western parts of the world, such as Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. It possible to get infected silently with this browser hijacker if your computer has already been infected with another hijacker called Globasearch.com that redirects your browser to Search-eyes.tk. This other hijacker can also redirect you to safe-web.tk, bingoweb.ga, and uppersearch.tk among other questionable search engines. Globasearch.com can be installed through malicious downloaders, which means that it may come on board with other malware infections. These downloaders may use one of these servers: extrahosted.com, directhosted.org, and softdistribute.com, which host potentially harmful programs. You need to be very careful when visiting questionable file-sharing websites, including pornographic, torrent, and shareware pages, because it is easy to click on something shady on such pages, like an advertisement, for example, and end up with a whole bunch of malicious programs on your computer such as these hijackers.

If this ever happens to you, you should know that usually there is still an opportunity for you to opt out of the installation of unwanted elements if you view the steps of the installation wizard carefully. Most of the browser hijackers, for instance, can be stopped at this point from entering your browsers if you untick the designated checkboxes. It is possible that these are only revealed if you choose the advanced or custom options. If you let the whole package on board, you need to know that you will have to scan your system for other threats after you delete Search-eyes.tk.

You should be careful with this unreliable search engine because it may display potentially unsafe third-party ads on its main page. Clicking on such ads is not advisable since you can never know where you might end up. If you are taken to a malicious website, it is possible that you will be scammed to download more infections or even to disclose personal or banking data. In all fairness, we have to mention that, strange as it is, but this hijacker does not seem to modify the search results and it actually shows proper custom Google search results pages. For example, if your keyword is “shopping,” this is the URL you will be redirected to cse.google.lt/cse?cx=partner-pub-3100953325370427:5451885597&ie=UTF-8&q=shopping&sa=Search&ref=search-eyes.tk/%3Fclr%3D2&gws_rd=cr&ei=i1rMVuWsCMGusQHr7oyAAg#gsc.tab=0. Still, the question remains: “Why on earth would you need a potentially unreliable mediator when you can directly use Google?” All in all, we do not think that it is safe to keep this annoying and stealthy browser hijacker on your computer. We advise you not to hesitate to remove Search-eyes.tk if you want to keep your computer clean.

In order to say goodbye to this useless invader, we recommend that you reset all your major browsers because this way there will be no leftovers. If you have never done this before, please follow our instructions below. Since this browser hijacker may not be the only threat your operating system is struggling with, we suggest that you install a proper anti-malware tool that not only will eliminate all the present infections, but it will also safeguard your PC from future malware attacks.

How to remove Search-eyes.tk

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and choose Settings.
  2. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Reset settings.
  4. Press Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Tap Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox.
  3. Press Refresh Firefox in the pop-up window.
  4. Click Finish.

Internet Explorer

  1. Tap Alt+T and open Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Mark Delete personal settings and press Reset.
  4. Press Close.
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