- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.sp-cmf.com is another useless and potentially harmful search engine website that comes from the same notorious browser hijacker family as Search.searchbuscar.com, Search.searchcpn.com, and Search.searchlff.com. This particular infection offers you quick links to online gaming sites apart from the main web search feature. We have found that this hijacker may present to you unsafe third-party advertisements and links through the promoted websites as well as its search results. It is also likely that you install this threat together with other malware programs. This means that you may not be secure in your virtual world after you remove Search.sp-cmf.com alone. Please read our full article if you want to understand more about this browser hijacker infection and how it may have showed up on your computer.
There is nothing new about this malware infection, as a matter of fact, since it follows suit. With regard to its distribution on the net we can say that it may be found in questionable freeware bundles but you may also be able to install it directly by clicking on the wrong third-party content (pop-up ad). Clearly, if you know how you can be exposed to such unsafe content, you could possibly prevent such an infection from ending up on your PC. This is why we want to elaborate on that a bit more. First of all, one of the most common ways to download bundled malware threats is to want to download free applications or cracks from unfamiliar shady file-sharing sites. Although you may not generally choose to visit such pages, it is still possible to land on one after you run a web search trying to find a place to download your targeted software or file. You may not know but even the most popular search engines (Google, Yahoo, and Bing) can show you questionable results because schemers know exactly how they can create fake file-sharing websites that will come up on the first pages of the results.
But suspicious torrent and freeware sites have something in common with online gaming, gambling, dating, and pornographic sites: Third-party ads. In other words, a flow of annoying and, at the same time, potentially dangerous advertisements. These ads can also be disguised or made invisible on these pages. This obviously makes it ever more difficult to know where you can click at all with safety. Well, we must tell you that it is never safe to click on anything on these pages and you should steer clear of them in the future if you do not wish to get infected with more malware programs. Finally, you can also be introduced to corrupt ads, when your PC is infected with adware apps. All in all, we recommend that you delete Search.sp-cmf.com from your browsers and find a proper online malware scanner so that you can detect all possibly harmful applications on board. Once you know what you are up against, you can take the necessary steps.
All the browser hijackers in this family offer computer users a toolbar with usually differently themed easy-access links to third-party websites. Sometimes these hijackers can be identical clones of each other or simply very similar. This infection provides you with the usual search tool, the risky local weather page as well as links to online gaming sites, such as terraarcade.com and addictinggames.com. The problem is that these promoted pages contain questionable third-party ads that might also be modified by this hijacker. Yet, these are not the real issue here. Unfortunately, the biggest threat can come from the search results themselves.
This malware infection may spy on you and collect information through your browser history and using other technologies. Based on this data a profile can be made on you that could be used by third parties to present you with customized content. The failure and risk of this endeavor is that cyber criminals may exploit this search engine and insert their own ads and links. It goes without saying that you could be in trouble if you were to click on content coming from crooks. For example, you could drop further malicious programs onto your system or open malicious pages on new tabs or in new windows. This is how a lot of users fall prey to online scams and lose money as well as their personal details in certain cases. Criminals can use your precious details to commit online crimes in your name, for instance. Of course, these are really the worst case scenarios that might happen to you, but still possible ones. Therefore, we think that it is best for you to remove Search.sp-cmf.com from your computer as soon as possible.
If you are ready to take matters into your own hands, we are here with the solution for you. Please use our instructions below as a reference to restore your home page settings in your infected browsers. You may not be able to safeguard your PC from all possible malware infections but you can surely do some good by keeping your drivers (Java and Flash) as well as your programs always up-to-date so that cyber criminals cannot exploit security holes to get to your files and your system. You can also make sure that you avoid questionable websites and clicking on random third-party ads. Nevertheless, the most effective protection for your PC is to have an anti-malware program like SpyHunter installed.
How to remove Search.sp-cmf.com from browsers