- Changes default search engine
- Hijacks homepage
If you speak French, you might be intrigued by Searcheo.fr. This is a search tool that looks pretty much like most other search tools on the market. The two features that are unique to this one are that it uses Yahoo Search to help deliver search results and that it displays easy-access links to different sites from its home page. These links include facebook.com, deezer.com, mon-programme.tv/widget, and a bunch of pages that represent the so-called “widgets” directly linked to the suspicious search tool. Clearly, this search tool does not offer any exclusive services, which is why it is strange that you have chosen to set it as your homepage or, maybe, your default search provider. Did you not give this search tool the permission to replace your regular search tools? If that is the case, you might have a serious browser hijacker on your hands. Even if you have installed the search tool yourself, you have to analyze it to make sure that you do not need to delete it. What if you actually need to remove Searcheo.fr? We have got you covered.
Searcheo.fr is hosted on the same server as many other browser hijackers, such as le-coin-zen.com, planet-surf.com, or maps-itineraire.com. It is possible that all of them were created by the same company, in which case, we doubt that the intentions are all good. If you check the information that is provided to you at info.searcheo.fr, you might believe that this search tool is beneficial, but we have to look at things from a different perspective. At the end of the day, the official information is there to promote a service or a product, and you really should look into third-party reviews and do your own research to understand how things work. For one, the official promotion does not discuss the distribution of Searcheo.fr, and it looks like this hijacker might be spread by malicious installers. Is that dangerous? Although the hijacker itself works in the exact same way regardless of how you install it, malicious installers could also infiltrate malware, and that, of course, might expose you to various security issues. If you cannot figure out if you have let in malware yourself and if you need to remove it, use a malware scanner to inspect your PC.
Although you are presented with the “Yahoo! France” logo right below the search dialog box in the middle of Searcheo.fr, the search tool works in a funny way. It does not redirect you to Yahoo Search, and we assume that the results corresponding to your search queries are simply taken from this search engine. Did you notice that advertisements are listed along with regular search results as well? This is what we are most worried about. What if these ads represent misleading offers and what if they route to websites that promote malicious content? If you end up interacting with the ads, be cautious every step of the way. You do not want to disclose sensitive information or download malware, which could happen by accident. Also do not forget about the potentially malicious third-party programs that could use Searcheo.fr to deliver even more advertisements, including irritating pop-ups or banner ads. If you discover those, it is possible that you need to remove advertising-supported software as well.
If you have come to a conclusion that you need to delete Searcheo.fr, we advise that you reset the browser that was infected by this hijacker. If you reset the browser, you will simultaneously clear browsing data and delete tracking cookies as well, which the hijacker could implement to spy on you. Once you reset your browsers, you might have to set the desired homepage and default search provider all over again, but that is not a complicated task. If you are completely clueless, you can post a comment below asking for help, and we will address all of your issues. Another thing you should think about is how are you going to protect your operating system in the future? Our advice for you is to implement anti-malware software that could protect your computer and you from all kinds of dangerous threats.