- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If Search.pa-cmf.com loads when you open your browser, there is a good chance that your computer has been infected by a browser hijacker. You should know that this search engine is capable of harming your computer indirectly. By keeping this hijacker in your browsers, you may be exposed to potentially unsafe web content. It is possible that you do not even recall letting this hijacker take control of your browsers because it may have arrived in a freeware bundle. This is also a reason why you should be careful and check your system for malware threats because this bundle may contain a number of malicious software installers apart from this browser hijacker. Thus the presence of this search engine in your browsers actually indicates multiple threats on your system. We think that you should not hesitate to delete Search.pa-cmf.com right now because the longer you keep this hijacker on your PC, the more chance it has to cause potential system security issues.
We have not found any promotional websites that would officially host a standalone installer for this search engine. Reports show that this hijacker seems to spread on the web mainly via freeware bundles containing several malicious software installers. Such a package could be rather detrimental to your computer’s health. That is why it is important for us to share with you how you can infect your machine with such bundles. The most likely places where you could download such malicious bundles are definitely questionable file-sharing websites. These pages contain lots of misleading third-party ads that may also be disguised as buttons or download links. But it is also possible that they are completely invisible. If you click on such content, you can easily open new tab pages that load other unreliable sites or you can simply download an infected bundle.
Another possibility to get infected by such a malicious software package is that your computer has already been infected with malware, such as adware, and you click on an unreliable third-party ad displayed by this infection. Either way, you need to realize that there may be a number of threats on your computer right now that you need to tackle. Otherwise, your PC may get slower or worse, your operating system may start to act “funny” or even stop functioning. If you want to prevent such scenarios from happening, you should remove Search.pa-cmf.com immediately.
We have found that this browser hijacker is similar to Search.yourinterestscenter.com, Search.searchlttrn.com, and Search.yourpackagesnow.com. If you find any of these in your browsers, you know now what to do. You can never trust a browser hijacker for a number of reasons. This hijacker used to have a fake toolbar with some quick links to third-party websites, such as local weather, Gmail, and Yahoo mail. Strangely enough, these buttons and the whole “toolbar” have disappeared recently. So right now you are only provided with a search box and several easy-access thumbnails leading to popular mail servers right below it. The main purpose of this browser hijacker is most probably not presenting you with the best and most relevant search results. As a matter of fact, this search engine can only make money for its creators if it promotes affiliated third parties. Since there is no toolbar now with links to third-party websites, the main stage for this “show” is the manipulated search results.
This search engine seems to redirect all your queries to a possibly modified Yahoo search page. Seeing a reputable search page, of course, makes you believe that the results or whatever content you find on this page is all legitimate and trustworthy. Unfortunately, this is not so. This results page may contain potentially harmful third-party ads and sponsored links as well; however, you will most probably not be able to tell the difference. Clicking on corrupt ads and links can end badly for you as you may end up on a malicious website operated by cyber criminals. If you do not want to lose your identity or money to crooks, you should not think twice what to do with this useless browser hijacker.
In order to remove Search.pa-cmf.com from your computer, you need to reset your browsers. We have found this the safest method not to leave any leftovers. If you have never reset your browsers before, please use our instructions below. Keep in mind that this will not secure your computer since there may be other threats still present. That is why we suggest that you install a professional anti-malware application that will take care of all your system security-related issues. Keep this tool updated and you will have proper and full protection on your PC.
How to remove Search.pa-cmf.com from browsers