- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
We want to inform you about a cleverly disguised browser hijacker called Coolsearch.info. This malicious search engine was classified a browser hijacker because it can replace your browser’s homepage address secretly. However, it must also be said that its developers have made it look similar to Google.com to avoid suspicion. Inattentive users that used Google.com before may not notice the change of homepage. We want to warn you that Coolsearch.info is an unreliable search engine and will not provide you with the best search results because of the promotional links that it was configured to include in the search results window. Please read this whole article to find out more.
While there is no information about this hijacker’s developer, we have managed to link this new hijacker with some others that were released in the past. Apparently, Coolsearch.info was set up by the same developers as Searchopa.com, Searchisweb.com, Searchgoog.ru, and many others. Most of these hijackers look identical, but some of them may feature a different logo and contain a banner ad below the search box.
It seems that, like its clones released earlier, Coolsearch.info is distributed via shady freeware installers that will try to install it onto your browser without your knowledge or authorization. This particular hijacker does not have a browser extension that would carry it. Therefore, it relies on the third-party software installer to inject it onto your browser. Note that some software installers might not allow you to uncheck its installation and force it on your browser. However, some may allow you to deselect its installation if you opt for advanced installation when configuring the installation wizard.
We think that the installers Coolsearch.info is distributed with should inject in into your browser if you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It will replace their homepage addresses, but it might also replace Chrome’s new tab page as well. Undoubtedly, this browser hijacker was created to subject you to promotional links and advertisements that are featured in its search results. Coolsearch.info uses Google Custom Search to present you with search results, but the problem is that the results are modified to include promoted links which might not be entirely legitimate. Indeed, browser hijackers are apt to promoting shady content and Coolsearch.info is no exception. As a result, this malicious search engine can feature links phishing websites, questionable online shopping sites, and so on. Therefore, this search engine is highly unreliable and can pose a threat to your computer.
We hope you found this article useful and informative. Our research suggests that Coolsearch.info is a browser hijacker used to show you commercial advertisements that are customized according to your browsing preferences. So there is no question that this malicious search engine was created for making money from online advertising, so it will not provide you with a reliable service. You can use the guide below to remove and replace Coolsearch.info with a homepage address of your choice.
How to change the homepage address manually
Microsoft Internet Explorer