- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
In this report, we would like to talk about a recently created browser hijacker called Search.searchmmap.com. However, despite its release date, the application is actually not so new. As our researchers report, it is more like a clone of already known browser hijackers. For example, Search.searchyea.com, Search.searchsterjosoft.com, Search.searchcounn.com, and other similar search engines developed by a suspicious company called Polarity Technologies LTD. Unlike legitimate search engines, Search.searchmmap.com and its other clones may show you modified search results that could include malicious advertising content. Thus, our researchers advise against its usage and recommend removing it before anything goes wrong. If you would rather use a more reliable application, for example, google.com or yahoo.com, you should erase the hijacker without any hesitation. No need to worry if you have not much experience with such threats as we will guide you through the manual deletion process with the instructions placed below.
Before we begin talking about how Search.searchmmap.com works or may affect your browser, we should mention the possible distribution channels. Usually, similar hijackers or the application’s previous clones are spread through web pages like filewin.com, filewon.com, or other unreliable file-sharing sites where they might be offered with bundled software installers. If you received the search engine without realizing it, you probably did not notice it being suggested on the setup wizard. In such case, we recommend you to be more attentive the next time, although if you want to avoid configuration files that could suggest you suspicious applications, it might be best to stop visiting untrustworthy file-sharing web pages.
Users should also take into account the software’s publisher while picking the program. For instance, in the case of Search.searchmmap.com, you could use a search query asking “is Polarity Technologies LTD a reliable company?” and the results should show various reviews from different sites. With this simple action, you could quickly learn that this company develops browser hijackers. We believe this answer is enough to consider this publisher unreliable. To protect the computer even more efficiently, users could use reliable removal tools as well. Antimalware software may give notice when you are about to interact with malicious content or help you clean the system from threats that already entered it with its scanning feature. Therefore, if you think your computer needs more protection, a trustworthy removal tool might be something you are looking for.
Now that we explained both, the ways users could avoid similar threats and Search.searchmmap.com might be distributed, it is time to introduce its working manner. First of all, the search engine is currently compatible with the major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. It looks like it can affect these applications by replacing their default search engine, homepage, or new tab page. Probably, the main goal of these changes is to make you use Search.searchmmap.com, so the software’s creators could inject the results with third-party advertising and possibly receive revenue for promoting particular content. The problem is such ads might lead users to web pages that might be dangerous for their computers, for example, they may contain malware or offer to install different browser hijackers, adware, potentially unwanted programs, and so on.
Provided you do not wish to use a search engine that could offer you not only result but also annoying or harmful advertisements, we advise you to consider eliminating Search.searchmmap.com. As usual, there are two ways to get rid of unwanted software. Probably, the easier one would be to install a trustworthy removal tool and scan the system with it. During the scan, the software may locate other threats too, and you could get rid of them at once by clicking the removal button. Another way to erase the application is to reset the affected browser as it is shown in the instructions we placed below this text. Also, feel free to leave us a comment below or write us through social media if you want more guidance or have some questions related to this search engine.
Erase Search.searchmmap.com from browsers