- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.pandaviewer.com is a questionable search engine that is most likely to spread and to be promoted by a potentially unwanted program by the same authors called PandaViewer. This search website is set as your home page in your Google Chrome browser after pushing you to want to install it while installing the related application. This is a rather aggressive marketing technique, which is usually used to promote questionable applications and services. We do not advise you to use this search engine because it might display potentially unreliable results and does not even use its own engine to do so. Since the related software might spread bundled with malware infections, it is possible that this browser hijacker and this application are the least dangerous threats on your system now. Still, it is important that you understand the potential risks of having this hijacker in your browser. We advise you to remove Search.pandaviewer.com browser hijacker if you do not want to let further infections onto your machine or fall prey to cyber criminals in online scams.
The only way you can officially install this search engine as your home page is to download and install PandaViewer from its promotional webpage, pandaviewer.com. When you are installing this potentially unwanted program, you are prompted to select the checkbox assigned to this browser hijacker. If you do not accept this browser setting modification, you cannot even install this useless program. This is why we consider it aggressive. Of course, there are alternative methods too to make sure that more users get infected with this browser hijacker, which is in fact the only source for the creators to make some easy money through advertising.
Since you might install this hijacker while installing a free software bundle, chances are that at the same time you also let malicious programs on board that are packed together. We do not claim that all bundles are malicious or dangerous, but cyber criminals certainly tend to use this distribution method to infect unsuspecting computer users. This is why you need to be alert any time you are about to install a software package to double-check the full content not to be surprised to find certain unwanted elements on your system. It is also possible that you install such a hijacker simply by clicking on a fake software updater promoted by a third-party banner or pop-up ad. In any case, in order for you to infect your system with a bundle containing this browser hijacker you need to click on the wrong content. This can easily happen when you are viewing, for instance, shady file-sharing sites, including torrent and shareware pages. The problem with such sites is that most of the hosted files are indeed bundled with potential threats, and the pages contain too many annoying and unsafe third-party ads, some of which can also be hidden, invisible, or disguised. The worst is when you land on such a page and you are unfamiliar with it because one single click could infect your computer with a bundle of malicious programs and worthless PUPs. If you would like to use a safe computer, we suggest that after you delete Search.pandaviewer.com, you find a trustworthy online malware scanner to scan your PC for further threats.
This search engine is unlike most others because it does not seem to want to resemble any mainstream and reputable search engines, including Google and Bing; it has its own simplistic design and color scheme. The only issue is that this browser hijacker may collect information about your computer and your browsing habits to target you with customized content. While this could be a useful thing under normal and legitimate circumstances, in this case, you should be careful because crooks may take advantage and present to you corrupt ads and links through this hijacker. As a matter of fact, this browser hijacker uses the usual redirection technique, i.e., it redirects all your queries to a potentially manipulated Google search results page. If cyber crooks manage to manipulate this hijacker, they may be able to insert their corrupt links and advertisements among the normal, reliable search results and thus put your system at risk. If you happen to click on such content, you could open malicious webpages on new tabs or windows, which is usually the first step in being scammed online. For example, you may find yourself on a fake webshop site where you are offered a long-wanted product for a very low price; however, after you enter all your personal and banking details, you will not get anything in return or maybe just a shock when you find out that money is missing from your account and no product follows by post. If you would like to avoid such nightmarish situations, we suggest that you remove Search.pandaviewer.com from your browser.
It will not take more than a minute to eliminate this threat since it only seems to affect your Google Chrome browser. You can try to simply restore your home page setting, but we prefer resetting this browser to make sure that all other browser-related threats are gone, too. Please use our instructions below if you need help with this. Keep in mind though that by resetting your browser you may also lose certain preferred settings and extensions that you need to replace. Do not fall into the trap of believing that now your PC has become all safe and sound. In fact, there could be all kinds of other malware threats on board that may threaten the normal operation of your computer or your privacy, too. This is why we recommend that you use an authentic anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter) to safeguard your system from all existing malware infections and potential threats as well.
How to remove Search.pandaviewer.com from your browser