- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
An official installer representing Search.hr does not exist; however, our research team has found that this hijacker can come bundled with an extension called “BitCro Search.” This extension is promoted at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bitcro-search/hidpnfibeefgnmgccljepobnadnpbjhj (Chrome web store), and, allegedly, it is represented by kistr.club. If you click this link, you are routed to a page with an error message. If you click the “Add to Chrome” button, you are introduced to a pop-up indicating that this extension can read and even change all data on the sites you visit. It does not mention that the add-on hijacks the Home Page to introduce you to Search.hr. It additionally creates a button that is placed next to the address bar for quick access (if you click it, New Tab opens automatically). Immediately after installation, the hijacker also opens a new tab with an advertisement, and that is because showcasing third-party content is one of its main purposes.
Although Search.hr can be acquired with the BitCro Search extension, it could be introduced to users using different extensions. Moreover, the hijacker could come bundled with malware. Third-party installers could be used to spread this hijacker as well, and if that is how it has entered your operating system, the chances are that you are dealing with more threats than you think. Therefore, the first thing you should do is install a malware scanner to thoroughly inspect your operating system. If the scanner identifies critical threats, you need to delete them first. The rest of them can be eliminated afterward, but you have to make sure that all infections are erased. If you do not take care of that, your virtual security could be jeopardized. While Search.hr can do that via the potentially misleading search results and advertisements, as well as using data trackers that collect information about you, other infections could be much more intrusive.
Even though it is most likely that most users trying to delete Search.hr are on Google Chrome, it is possible that this browser hijacker can corrupt Firefox, Internet Explorer, and, possibly, other browsers. The guide below shows how to uninstall applications and delete extensions. Of course, after you complete manual removal steps, you have to install a trusted malware scanner to look for leftovers, as well as other potentially active infections. If the operation is too overwhelming for you – for example, if multiple threats are active – the best thing to do would be to install anti-malware software. The best part about this software is that it can ensure full-time protection as well.
Windows 10 and Windows 8:
Windows Vista and Windows 7: