- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
MaskSearch.com is a strange little thing. Although it appears to work as a regular search engine, in reality, it can be regarded as a hijacker, an advertising tool, or even a redirector. Although it uses its own search results page to introduce you to search results, they could be taken from a third-party search provider. Also, our research team does not dismiss the possibility that this hijacker will redirect your search queries to a more popular search engine (e.g., Google Search) to introduce you to its own results. Overall, it does not look like this search tool is capable of providing you with reliable and beneficial services, which is why we advise deleting it. If you do not agree with us, or if you have your doubts, you can read this report to learn more about the suspicious search tool. If you decide that you want to remove MaskSearch.com, you can use the guide below. We understand that you might have questions about many things, which is why we have opened the comments section for everyone. Use it if you need further assistance.
According to our research team, it is possible that MaskSearch.com will hijack the homepage of your Google Chrome browser as you install the MaskSearch extension. If this hijacker travels separately, you are likely to find it attached to some other extension or suspicious application. Unfortunately, there is also a possibility that you will let this hijacker in along with malware, whose removal you will need to take care of as well. If you do not think that malicious infections have invaded your operating system, do yourself a favor and install a malware scanner. This tool will make all things clear for you by inspecting your PC and listing the threats if they exist. What should you do if malware is found? First of all, do not panic! Second, research the malware found quickly to figure out what you should do about it. In certain cases, you might be able to erase the threats using a few simple clicks. In other cases, you might need to install malware removal software.
Do you still think that MaskSearch.com is a beneficial and reliable tool? Hopefully, you do not, and you agree with us that removing this hijacker is the best thing you can do for your virtual security. As mentioned before, we advise scanning your operating system first to see what you are dealing with. Hopefully, complicated and malicious threats are not found, and you can handle it all by yourself. The guide below shows how to delete MaskSearch.com manually, and you can search our website to find removal guides for other threats that might be active. If extremely malicious threats are found, you should not waste your time. Instead, install an automated malware remover/anti-malware tool. If you install it, you will not need to deal with any threats, including the hijacker, and you will not need to worry about other infections that you could face in the future.
N.B. If the hijacker does not disappear after you eliminate the extension, try modifying the homepage URL.