- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.fo-cmf.com might provide many useful links, and it seems to work as a beneficial search tool, but we have found reasons why you should delete it from your browsers. According to our research, this search provider is similar to Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourpackagesnow.com, and many other search tools that are classified as browser hijackers. These tools usually follow browser extensions introduced by “SaferBrowser” (e.g., LocalHost, My Speed Test, and My Radio XP), and they should be erased as well. While the removal of Search.fo-cmf.com does not pose many questions to those who find it installed illegally or those who find it useless, some users might be confused as to why this search provider is considered unreliable. If you continue reading, you will learn everything you need to know about this suspicious piece of software.
Whether Search.fo-cmf.com has hijacked your homepage or default search provider, you will notice that your search queries are redirected to the Yahoo search engine, and this is not a good sign. Any time a suspicious search tool performs redirecting to an unrelated site, you need to consider malicious activity. Sure, Yahoo is a reputable, popular, and widely-used search provider, and this is exactly why the developer of Search.fo-cmf.com uses it. As soon as you think you are browsing Yahoo, you automatically think you are safe, and that is not necessarily the truth. The results provided to you might be modified to represent the links that Search.fo-cmf.com is meant to represent. The developer of this hijacker works with unfamiliar advertisers, and it is likely that a profit is generated by promoting links and ads. Have you noticed that these links route to search-unrelated sites and ads promote highly attractive offers? These are the tricks to make you interact with third-party content.
The Localhost extension that follows Search.fo-cmf.com provides local weather information, as well as links to Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, and Google Maps. The search tool itself uses its homepage to provide links to Amazon, Facebook, eBay, and other popular websites. It is unknown whether or not the developer of this software earns money for promoting these websites, but it is very possible that they are used to further convince you that this software is trustworthy. Now, if you do not research it beyond the information you might have been introduced to when downloading this program, you might continue trusting it for a long time. As a matter of fact, you might as well be able to use it risk-free; however, the risks associated with this hijacker are not worth taking. This program can introduce you to malicious offers, it can spy on you by collecting data, and it can expose you to unreliable parties.
Before we start discussing the removal of Search.fo-cmf.com, we need to think about other threats. If this threat came out of nowhere, it is very difficult to say which other threats might be active, especially since many of them might remain quiet. If you have downloaded it bundled with other programs, you might be able to identify all of them. Of course, no one can protect you from the entrance of silent threats if the installer carrying the software bundle was malicious. In any case, the chances of third-party software associated with Search.fo-cmf.com running on your PC are very high. Depending on what kinds of programs are active, your virtual security might be on the line. So, inspect your PC with a malware scanner and evaluate which threats should be deleted from your computer first.
Do you think you can delete Search.fo-cmf.com yourself? We think that you can. If you find this hijacker on Internet Explorer, you will need to uninstall the unwanted app and modify search settings, which is not difficult to do. If you find that this hijacker has corrupted Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, all you need to do is remove the extension associated with the infection. Of course, if you discover more dangerous infections, you should focus on getting rid of them first. If you find that you are unable to do this manually, employ an authentic anti-malware tool that will automatically clean your operating system for you. In fact, you should install this software even if you manage to clean your PC manually because only this software can ensure that malware does not invade again.
Windows Vista or Windows 7
Windows 8 or Windows 8.1