- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.searchliveson.com is another browser hijacker from the infamous Polarity Technologies Ltd. It was designed to replace your browser’s homepage address by stealth. You ought to remove it because of that and also because its search results can contain links to shady websites and collect information about you to personalize and customize the links. Indeed, this search engine is dedicated to generating advertising revenue, so you should not expect it to deliver you a safe and reliable search service.
Polarity Technologies Ltd is a malware developer based in Limassol, Cyprus and it is known for releasing dozens of browser hijackers. Some of its more recent releases include Search.searchmpct.com, Search.searchyea.com, Search.searcheasyra.com, and many others. Some of them look similar while other can appear unrelated, but the differences are mostly external. Our research has shown that some of its hijackers come with dedicated browser extensions while others other come without them and rely on a third-party installer to inject them into the browser.
Search.searchliveson.com does not have a dedicated browser extension, so the only way it can get onto your browser is if you install a software bundle that was programmed to inject it into your browser. Polarity Technologies is known for making arrangements with shady and illegitimate software distributing websites to include its hijackers in software bundles. However, the reason we classified this particular search engine as a browser hijacker is due to the fact that you cannot deselect its installation.
According to our research, this browser hijacker can replace the homepage of your default web browser if you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The developers want you to use it for searching the web. Search.searchliveson.com has a toolbar at the top that features links to sports-related websites. It can redirect you to Espn.com, Nfl.com, provide you a sports calendar and show game scores. The links featured on the toolbar are legitimate, but the links featured in the search results might not. The main problem apart from its hijacking is the fact that Search.searchliveson.com was set to feature promotional links that can redirect you to rather shady websites that can compromise your computer’s security. In the worst case scenario, this hijacker can get your PC infected with malware such as spyware or ransomware. So using this search engine is a potential security risk.
Another important aspect regarding this hijacker we want to discuss is the fact that it can collect certain information about you. According to our research, Search.searchliveson.com can gather anonymous information about you automatically. This information includes your IP address, geographical location, Internet Service Provider, browsing history, search queries, and so on. Polarity Technologies uses this information to customize the promoted links that you see in an effort to maximize its revenue potential.
In conclusion, Search.searchliveson.com is a useless, malicious search engine set to replace your browser’s homepage without your knowledge or authorization. It is also set to show your personalized search results and gather information about you. All of this is done to make a profit, but not benefit you in any shape or form. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Search.searchliveson.com. To do this, you can see the guide below.
How to replace the homepage address manually
Microsoft Internet Explorer