- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Surf-live.com is a new questionable French search page that seems to target mainly French speaking countries. Our research shows that this threat is practically the same as a number of previous ones coming from the same creators, including Secury-surf.com and Explorary.com. We have categorized this infection as a browser hijacker because it is capable of changing your browser settings. Although this search page looks totally innocent and just like any other reputable search engine, there are certain risks involved. For example, this hijacker may show you potentially unsafe third-party ads and links disguised as search results. If you do not want to let more infections on board than there already could be on your system or end up on malicious websites and be scammed out of your money, we recommend that you remove Surf-live.com right away.
Infecting your computer with this browser hijacker always starts with one single click on the wrong third-party content. You may see, for example, a banner or pop-up ad that tells you that you need to download an update for your Adobe Flash driver so that you can watch a video or other content on the website you are viewing. Of course, this update or software download offer can be anything related to your system or security. If you are an inexperienced computer user, you may believe that this is for real and you really need to install such a program. However, when you click in this ad, you will download a bundle that contains this hijacker among other possible threats. It is also possible that you will install this infection directly. In any case, when you find this malware in your browsers, you should scan your computer with a trustworthy malware scanner after you delete Surf-live.com.
But this is not the only way for you to be exposed to malicious bundles. You may also land on suspicious websites after a web search or clicking on ads that offer you even more third-party ads and fake content that could drop an infections software package onto your machine. This is why engaging with unfamiliar suspicious websites always hold certain risks. For instance, you may end up on a shady torrent page while looking for a free file to download. But you do not know that this page contains fake download buttons and fake navigational buttons. So when you click on one of these, do not be surprised that you may open new tabs with malicious content or drop a bundle in the background.
You also cannot rule out the possibility that there are adware programs on your system from a previous attack. Such infections can also flood your screen with unsafe third-party ads of all kinds (banner, pop-up, pop-under, and links). In fact, an adware program can also spy on you or hijack legitimate advertisements. This is why you cannot be ever safe if such a malware infection is hiding on your system. No wonder that we advise you to use a reliable malware scanner to detect all possible threat sources right after you delete Surf-live.com from your system.
This search page looks totally like any other. It is possible that you do not even realize that it has become your new home page or new tab page because you may mix it up with other reputable search engines. We have found that this browser hijacker mainly targets French speaking users. The main issue with this search page is that it may introduce you to unreliable web content through its search results pages. The only way this search engine can generate income for its creators is for it to promote third parties. This can be done through the search results pages as these can contain advertisements and sponsored links as well. However, what if not all of the affiliates can be trusted? What if cyber criminals pose as third parties? You could be exposed to ads and links that may take you to websites run by cyber crooks. This could mean dropping more malware threats onto your system or worse, you could become a victim of an online scam in which you may share your personal and banking details with criminals. If you do not want more virtual threats or lose your money, we suggest that you remove Surf-live.com right away.
It is possible that you will find an uninstaller in the list of installed programs in your Control Panel; however, we have experienced that this uninstaller may not work for all your browsers. Nevertheless, we have included instructions for this, too. You can also find our guide to reset your browsers in case the uninstaller does not function or you cannot find it at all. If you would like to use a secure computer, you need to delete all potential threat sources. If you want to keep your PC clean, it is also advisable to install a trustworthy anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.
How to remove Surf-live.com from Windows
Windows Vista/Windows 7
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
How to reset your browsers