- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
The presence of a questionable search tool Search.cl-cmf.com indicates that a browser hijacker has successfully entered the system and made changes. Researchers have tested it and found out that this browser hijacker can affect all the browsers it finds installed on the system, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Some people find it really annoying that a new search engine has changed the settings of their browsers; however, others do not even notice the changes or do not care at all what search engine to use to find the information on the web. According to specialists working at pcthreat.com, users should not allow Search.cl-cmf.com to stay and use it as a default search engine because it is not a search tool that can be trusted. Also, it might cause security-related problems indirectly. To be honest, this did not surprise our specialists at all because it is evident that this search tool is very similar to search.yourmapscenter.com, search.yourpackagesnow.com, and search.yourinterestscenter.com, which are known to be unreliable search engines as well.
Search.cl-cmf.com does not look harmful, and it works like an ordinary search engine, i.e. it displays the window with search results after users enter the search query. Even though these search results do not differ from those shown by Google or other high-quality search engines at first sight, our specialists have managed to reveal that there is a bunch of advertisements on the search results page of Search.cl-cmf.com. There is no doubt that all these ads are shown for users to promote third-party websites and get money for doing that. Of course, nobody will give money to users who do the main job by visiting and surfing those promoted websites. Specialists say that users might only get a bunch of malicious applications from those websites they are taken to when they click on ads located on the search results page. As you can see, it is evident that it is quite dangerous to use Search.cl-cmf.com as a default search engine.
Let’s talk about the distribution of browser hijackers. This knowledge might help you to prevent similar threats from entering the system in the future more easily. Specialists at pcthreat.com have thoroughly tested hundreds of different browser hijackers and found that they usually enter computers without permission in software bundles. They travel bundled with other applications (usually freeware) in those bundles, which explains why they manage to hide themselves and enter computers unnoticed. Users, of course, can prevent browser hijackers from entering their computers. What they need to do first is to stop downloading software from untrustworthy third-party websites. Also, every user should have a reputable security application installed on the computer. It is the only way to protect the system from dangerous threats.
It should be possible to remove Search.cl-cmf.com from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome by just simply eliminating extensions responsible for the presence of this unreliable search engine. If it does not sound so easy to you, you can delete this browser hijacker automatically. In fact, the automatic method is the one recommended for users who do not have much experience in the removal of malicious applications because these users will not need to do much – their only responsibility is to launch the automatic scanner. You can use any reputable security tool, e.g. SpyHunter, but you should definitely not trust scanners promoted on third-party websites.