- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.searchlivesportson.com might look like an ordinary search engine, but the fact of the matter is that it is a browser hijacker that can infect your PC by stealth and hijack your browser’s homepage address. Therefore, you ought to remove it as it replaces the homepage address without your permission. However, it does not hijack the homepage for the sake of hijacking it. Search.searchlivesportson.com features promotional links in its search results, and not all of them are safe to access as some of them can promote malicious content. Furthermore, it can collect information about you to show personalized advertisements that generate more revenue.
Search.searchlivesportson.com was created by Polarity Technologies, a company that has released dozens of similar hijackers before. Among some of its more recent releases, we find Search.search1000tr.com, Search.searchtg.com, and Searchutorrm.com, among others. This company is dedicated to releasing browser hijackers as they are its bread and butter. This company generates ad revenue from then and continues to roll out new hijackers each week.
Like the hijackers that come before it, Search.searchlivesportson.com is said to be disseminated though malicious software bundles. You may encounter such bundles if you get your software from unreliable software distributing sites because such websites bundle software together to make money as some software developers pay distributers to have them bundled. This might be the case with Polarity Technologies as all of its hijackers are distributed using software bundles. These bundles interact with the browser during installation and inject Search.searchlivesportson.com into it secretly. Note that this hijacker can hijack your browser if you use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
This hijacker is dedicated to hijacking and replacing your browser’s homepage address. Its developers count on you not to notice the change and use it as a regular search engine. While Search.searchlivesportson.com can present you with search results, you should know that it redirects the search queries you enter in its search box to a customized Yahoo search engine. However, Yahoo’s search results can be customized to include promotional links that can redirect you to shady websites such as fake online shopping websites, phishing sites and also websites that feature malicious content such as malicious applications such as adware, ransomware, fake anti-virus programs, Trojans, spyware, and so on. In short, this hijacker can potentially jeopardize your computer’s security.
Another issue we want to discuss is that Search.searchlivesportson.com can collect information about you. Like other hijackers from Polarity Technologies, this newly released hijacker was configured to collect non-personally identifiable information about you secretly. This type of information includes your IP address, Internet Service Provider (ISP,) browsing history, search terms, links clicked, browser type, OS type, and so on. The collection of this information is legal, but we want to point out that it will most likely be used to personalize and tailor the ads to each unique user’s browsing habits in order to generate more advertising revenue as this hijacker is all about making money for its creators.
We hope you found this description insightful. As you can see, Search.searchlivesportson.com may look like an ordinary search engine, but it is everything but ordinary. Its creators intent to you use it hijack your browser’s homepage and subject you to promotional links of unverified legitimacy in the search results. Therefore, to avoid undesirable consequences, we suggest that you remove this hijacker using the guide presented below.
Change the homepage address manually
Microsoft Internet Explorer