- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Although Nefryhok.xyz is currently down, this search engine has a reputation of a browser hijacker. In the past, this hijacker was found corrupting the default search provider on the Google Chrome web browser. According to our researchers, nefryhok.xyz/nefryhok/nefryhok.php is the homepage of this hijacker; however, it is down as well. Obviously, if your regular search provider was replaced with this suspicious hijacker, you need to delete it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some users will have it installed with permission, and others will identify it as harmless. If you are one of the users who think that this search tool is harmless, you need to read this report. We also add a guide that shows how to successfully remove Nefryhok.xyz from Google Chrome.
According to the research conducted by our analysts, Nefryhok.xyz is mainly spread via software bundles that might be advertised via misleading pop-up offers. Is advertising-supported software introducing you to these pop-ups? That is one thing you need to figure out. Another thing you need to figure out if malware was installed. Note that malicious programs could be promoted using misleading information, so as to trick you into downloading it yourself, which, of course, makes it look less suspicious. Well, even programs that ask for your permission upon installation could turn out to be malicious; so, do not jump to any conclusions without checking the facts first. We advise the users of Nefryhok.xyz – as well as its clones, Searchgra.com and Hightsearch.com – to inspect their operating systems with the help of a reliable malware scanner. If it does not detect any other threats, focus on the suspicious hijacker.
The interface of Nefryhok.xyz displays a search dialog box that has the “Google Custom Search” tag within. Are you familiar with this search engine? It is officially promoted at cse.google.com/cse/?hl=en, and it is designed for website developers who need an engine to help users find information available on their sites. Unfortunately, as we can see, it is exploited by software that poses as reliable search engines. When you enter a keyword into the search box, you will be introduced to the search results of the Google Custom Search. Except that sponsored links could be added as well. Even the “Search” logo on the homepage reminds us of the “Google” logo. Overall, it appears that this hijacker is trying to convince its victims that it is safe to use it, when it is not. It is possible that the sponsored links shown to you could be used to introduce you to unpredictable third-party content, such as scams.
As you must have noticed by now, Nefryhok.xyz also displays banner advertisements on its own home page. You ought to be cautious with those because they might showcase unreliable offers as well. Have you discovered that they represent offers based on your recent search history? Well, it is very likely that HTTP cookies will be utilized to track your virtual behavior and collect information about. Notably, this will most likely happen if you live in the United States, where almost 70% of all Nefryhok.xyz victims are detected, or Canada with 14.3%. If you live in this region, you have to be particularly careful about the installers you use and the software you install. Ultimately, if the hijacker has corrupted your browser, you need to eliminate the threat as soon as you can.
Have we not convinced you that you should delete Nefryhok.xyz from your Google Chrome browser? If you have any reservation, you can communicate with us via the comments section down below. If you realize that this hijacker has no beneficial value, and you realize that trusting it could be dangerous, you will want to follow the guide below. Obviously, the removal of the hijacker is very simple because you need to erase the unwanted hijacker and set the desired one instead. This process is represented via the guide below. Of course, you should not waste any time with manual removal if you discover dangerous threats, and you decide to employ automated malware removal software to clean and protect your PC.