- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.searchfdd.com and Home.searchfdd.com are the same search engine or browser hijacker, rather, because they have been created with the sole intention of hijacking your web browser’s homepage address. They come from an unknown yet prominent developer that hides in the shadows. This particular hijacker was designed to replace your browser’s homepage address and force you to view ads and promoted links if you decide to use it as a regular search engine. This deceptive search engine has created to make money and so as its many clones. To find out more about this hijacker, please read this whole article.
We found that this particular hijacker comes from a certain browser hijacker family that also includes hijackers such as Search.searchfcs.com, Search.searchglnn.com, Search.dm-cmf.com and many others. Like the hijackers that came before it, Search.searchfdd.com was designed to hijack your browser’s homepage address and it can do this if you use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer. If it happens to replace your homepage address and you accept it and it for conducting your online searches, then we want to inform you that it can jeopardize your computer’s security greatly.
Our analysis has revealed that this hijacker uses Yahoo.com to process all of the search queries you enter. However, this hijacker was configured to modify the search results to accommodate additional promotional links of unknown origin. Indeed, its primary and only purpose it to subject you to promotional links that make its developers money when you click them. However, the bad news is that it will subject you to potentially dangerous content that can jeopardize your computer’s security and, in the worst case scenario, infect it with malware.
As mentioned earlier, this hijacker comes from an unknown developer even though it has released similar hijackers in the past. This developer does not disclose its identity intentionally to avoid the backlash that is bound to occur due to the unreliable nature of the promotions featured on its hijackers.
As far as this hijacker’s distribution methods are concerned, we believe that that it is distributed using malicious software installers because it does not have a dedicated browser extension that would allow it to will be circulated on a dedicated website. The bundled installers, on the other hand, are mostly featured on shady freeware distributing sites that make money off bundling free applications with browser hijackers, adware, and potentially unwanted programs. Another thing to note is that such installers are usually configured to inject Search.searchfdd.com into your browser without your knowledge or consent, but in some cases, you may be able to deselect its installation.
In conclusion, Search.searchfdd.com is a highly unreliable search engine that can jeopardize your computer’s security with its unasked for and unreliable promotional links that appear in its search results. It also collects information about you to customize them and, above all, it is distributed in a malicious manner set to replace your browser’s homepage without your knowledge or approval. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Search.searchfdd.com from your computer as soon as you can. You can use the guide below to replace the homepage address, or you can get an anti-malware program to do that for you.
Guide on how to replace your browser’s homepage
Microsoft Internet Explorer