- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Stg-234i23r9-sph.com could be distributed through various channels, for example, suspicious pop-up advertisements, unreliable web pages, bundled installers, etc. Thus, in order to avoid such threats, it is important to be cautious with bundled installers and avoid downloading setup files from unreliable file-sharing web pages. Also, users should pay more attention to the software’s publisher, because you can usually assume if the program could be reliable or not by the company that developed it. As we mentioned earlier, in this case, the search engine was released by Bontio, Inc., and Stg-234i23r9-sph.com is not the first application from this company that was identified as a browser hijacker.
After the application gets installed, it could modify some browser settings, such as your homepage, default search engine, or new tab page. We cannot say which of the listed changes could occur on your browser as the threat might work differently on separate browsing programs. In any case, if you one way or another end up using Stg-234i23r9-sph.com, there are some things you should know. Firstly, the hijacker should use yahoo.com to gather the results, but it may still modify these results and add some extra content to them. For example, it might be various third-party pop-ups, banners, and so on. The worst thing is that some of the ads may lead you to web pages, which could distribute similar threats, try to infect the system with malware, or invade your privacy by gathering sensitive data without any permission, etc.
Considering the risks mentioned in the article, we would advise against the applications usage. Therefore, our researchers prepared manual removal instructions, which you can see placed below the article. They will show users how to reset the affected browser to fix the settings that might have been modified by the hijacker. Afterward, it could be a good idea to scan the computer with a reliable security tool as well, since there could be other threats on the system. As a matter of fact, if you want to, you can use the antimalware tool to get rid of Stg-234i23r9-sph.com. In such case, the user should install it on the computer with the hijacked browser, set the software to scan the system and click the deletion button once it appears.
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