- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.gg is a search engine created by Search Engage Ltd. There are quite a few other search engines that have the same interface and that were created by the same company, some of which include Search.hr and Searchengage.com. All of them have a very misleading “Search” logo on the home page that has the same colors as the “Google” logo. Besides that, and the search dialog box, there is nothing else, and some users are likely to find this interface very clean and attractive. Needless to say, the looks mean nothing if the search services are unreliable, and, unfortunately, in this case, they are. After analyzing this search tool thoroughly, our research team has come to a conclusion that it is a browser hijacker that must be deleted immediately. According to our research, the hijacker only affects Google Chrome. In case it has corrupted a different kind of browser, we are ready to add appropriate Search.gg removal instructions. If you need them, add a query to the comments section.
The distribution of Search.gg is quite mysterious. It is believed that this hijacker comes bundled with extensions, some of which are likely to be represented via the Chrome web store. One of these extensions is Iloveplay Search, and it used to be available at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/iloveplay-search/gfppelbhbfmfobbniagiigiiiaaaodlh. The installer has been taken down since our initial research, but it is possible that other extensions are or will be used. Needless to say, you have to be extremely cautious when installing anything onto your computer. Always research the software offered to you using reputable sources. Also, always check the privacy policies to see if or not the software is reliable. If you are being pushed to install something you do not what or make the changes you do not want when downloading attractive software, reject it right away. Since undesirable software might be running along with Search.gg, we recommend scanning the PC to check if you need to delete malicious threats.
Changing the homepage on your Google Chrome browser is not a complicated task, but we cannot guarantee that it will be enough to modify the homepage to have Search.gg deleted completely. If this hijacker is associated with an extension, it is possible that you will need to get rid of it first. Also, if other infections are active, you must erase them as well. If you are about to follow the instructions below, consider if installing anti-malware software is not a better idea. Even if you can get rid of the unwanted hijacker and software related to it manually, are you sure you can keep your operating system guarded in the future? Remember that clandestine Trojans, aggressive ransomware, misleading rogues, and all kinds of other infections could be trying to slither into your operating system. Identifying and stopping them yourself can be extremely difficult, but a legitimate anti-malware tool will keep these infections away.