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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Search2.searchgst.com is another browser hijacker that users usually notice set on all their browsers. Like other similar browser hijackers, e.g. search.youremailnow.com, search.yourinterestscenter.com or search.yourpackagesnow.com, this threat enters systems without permission and, of course, it does not ask for permission to change the settings of browsers. It has been observed that users see Search2.searchgst.com on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, whereas it appears as Home.searchgst.com on Google Chrome. It does not matter that this search engine is slightly different because it still cannot be trusted and acts the same. Our specialists say that users who decide to let this browser hijacker stay might even cause harm to their systems quickly. It is because this hijacker is going to provide users with advertisements and sponsored links that have a potential of leading to bad websites and thus exposing users to potential threats. Luckily, you can prevent this from happening. All you need to do is to erase this browser hijacker from the system as soon as possible. If you need more reasons to get rid of it, continue reading this article.

Search2.searchgst.com provides Yahoo! search results for users who use the search box of this search provider to find the necessary information on the web. Therefore, the majority of users do not even suspect that search results shown by this search tool are untrustworthy. We do not say that these search results are extremely dangerous themselves; however, some of them are modified, i.e. they simply promote third-party websites and are shown to increase the traffic rate of these websites instead of being associated with the search query in any way. Also, there is no doubt that these modified search results will immediately lead you to a third-party website after you click on any of them, which, unfortunately, means that you might be redirected to a harmful website owned by cyber criminals and containing malware. Such third-party websites might also pretend to be, for example, trustworthy online stores that sell items with huge discounts. It is better not to visit such untrustworthy sites for the sake of the system’s safety. Of course, you will be sure that you are not taken to any of them only if you delete Search2.searchgst.com browser hijacker from your computer.

In fact, we suggest that you remove Search2.searchgst.com from your browsers not only because it can cause redirections to unreliable websites. Our researchers have carried out research and found that this untrustworthy search engine is also going to gather information about users. Unlike other search engines, it is not only interested in non-personally identifiable information like search queries, visits to other websites, and links clicked on, but might also record personal information. For example, if you accidentally enter personal information into its search box and tap Enter, it will immediately be recorded and then might be sold to third parties or even cyber criminals who will use this information for their devious plans and activities. If you do not want your privacy to be violated, get rid of Search2.searchgst.com right now and then set a reliable search engine as your homepage, default search engine, and your New Tab page.

We can guarantee that you have not set Search2.searchgst.com as your homepage and search engine willingly because we have noticed that this untrustworthy search tool is usually spread by malicious pop-up advertisements shown by malicious software installed on the system. If a user clicks on such an advertisement, a browser hijacker enters the system and Search2.searchgst.com applies changes on all the browsers immediately. It has been noticed that these programs might be responsible for the presence of this hijacker: InteliTerm, TermTrident, and SwiftSearch. Of course, the list might be much longer.

Search2.searchgst.com will not disappear from your browsers if you do not do anything. Luckily, you can get rid of this browser hijacker relatively easily. You can either erase it manually or automatically. If you decide to do that in a manual way, you will need to remove the hijacker through Control Panel to make it disappear from Internet Explorer and then remove its extensions to delete it from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. This might sound complicated, especially if you are a less experienced computer user. Do not worry; there is an alternative method – you can get rid of the browser hijacker with the help of an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter.

Remove Search2.searchgst.com manually

Windows XP

  1. Click on the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs and locate the undesirable software.
  3. Select it and click Remove to erase it.

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program and right-click on the undesirable software.
  3. Click Uninstall to get rid of it.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Right-click on the lower-left corner
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Find the undesirable software.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Tap Ctrl+Shift+A and open Extensions.
  3. Remove the undesirable extension that belongs to a browser hijacker.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select More Tools.
  3. Click Extensions.
  4. Find the undesirable extension and click on the recycle bin button placed next to it.
  5. Click Remove.
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