- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.nw-cmf.com is the newest browser hijacker to be added to the SaferBrowser family. This hijacker, according to the latest information, attacks Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers, and, in some cases, users accept the homepage modifications willingly. The interface of the website representing the hijacker is identical to Search.we-cmf.com, Search.searchlttrn.com, and many others that we have reviewed on this website. If you are curious about the clones, you can read the reports, but, in general, all of SaferBrowser hijackers are identical, and they can be deleted using the same methods. In this report, we discuss the removal of Search.nw-cmf.com. The chances are that you already know that this search tool is unreliable and deserves elimination, but you should read this report because it might help you evade threats similar to it in the future.
Was the homepage on your browser replaced with Search.nw-cmf.com illegally? That might happen if you interact with malicious installers that hide malware. Of course, many victims of this hijacker are likely to install it themselves. Does that mean that the threat is not all that bad? Even if it asks for your permission to replace your regular homepage URL, you cannot identify it as reliable. Overall, it is most likely that the hijacker will come packaged with third-party software, and it is important to pay some attention to it as well. Sure, the extensions and the applications carried in the same bundle might seem harmless, but you should never judge a book by its cover, or should we say, a program by its interface and promises. Since figuring out which programs are legitimate and which ones are malicious and require removal might be difficult, we advise using a malware scanner.
Even if Search.nw-cmf.com has taken over your browser illegally, you might choose to trust it. That is because the interface of this search tool is not that suspicious, and the search dialog box redirects your search queries to search.yahoo.com. This might be all a little confusing if Yahoo Search was already set as the homepage of the infected browser. Needless to say, you should not trust software that is capable of redirecting you to third-party sites, even if they are legitimate. One of the risks you face, in this situation, is modified search results. Search.nw-cmf.com could exploit the well-known search engine to slip in ads and links to potentially unreliable websites, and you might click those without even realizing! Another thing that might make you trust the hijacker is the easy-access links to legitimate gaming websites that it adds to the bar at the top. Interact with these links cautiously.
If Search.nw-cmf.com was installed along with an extension, you should try removing it first. You might discover that the homepage is restored automatically. If that does not work, you can follow the guide below that explains how to modify the homepage URL within the files of the infected browser. If you are struggling, post a comment below, and we will try to help you out. Obviously, we cannot help you erase other threats if we do not know what they are, and we cannot really help you with further system’s protection. That is a job for a legitimate anti-malware tool, which you should invest in without further hesitation. Note that a reliable anti-malware tool should be able to delete Search.nw-cmf.com as well.