- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Oxsearches.com might be a clone of a particular unreliable search engine we recently reviewed on our website (Websearchthis.com). What worries our specialists is that the search engines’ publishers claim to specialize “in online advertising, web traffic generation,” etc. This might mean their created tools, including the newly released application we will talk about in this text, could be showing advertising content to increase traffic for particular websites and get paid for it. You should be aware that if the application proves to be capable of actually display advertising content from the third party, there might be not knowing where it could come from or if it would not be malicious. Naturally, we recommend finding a more reliable search engine for users who care about their system’s safety. Fortunately, Oxsearches.com can be eliminated in a couple of minutes, and you can learn how to remove it if you slide below the text and have a look at the provided deletion instructions.
As we said in the first paragraph, Oxsearches.com could be nothing more but a new version of an untrustworthy tool we researched earlier; it is called Websearchthis.com. The websites may look different themselves, but the information provided about them appears to be more or less identical. Apparently, both of these programs are owned by a “privately owned company based in ASIA.” This line is available both on Oxsearches.com and Websearchthis.com if you just click the “About” link. Strangely, none of the given statements mention the company’s name. Knowing who developed the program makes it easier to determine if it can or cannot be trusted, so this missing piece of information does not reflect well on either of the mentioned search engines.
Furthermore, the publisher’s description says the company is firmly positioned as a global leader in “search engine marketing and web traffic generation.” Moreover, the developers claim to be “helping owners of websites and web networks to generate revenue.” Traffic generation could be done by showing users advertisements leading to specific web pages that need more visitors, and we doubt Oxsearches.com help other companies increase traffic or generate revenue without gaining anything from it. Also, we believe it is essential to mention the search engine’s End User License Agreement say the application’s user takes all responsibility himself since the publisher does not review third-party content. It goes for any third-party content encountered while using this search engine. What we are trying to say is that if the tool does not show any advertising content yet, there is a chance it could start doing it later and if it does the ads might be not reviewed, which means some of them might be dangerous to interact with.
Finally, our researchers learned the application could be distributed through unreliable channels, such as various file-sharing web pages or untrustworthy file-sharing web pages. For instance, it could travel with potentially unwanted programs, suspicious browser extensions, and so on. Therefore, some Oxsearches.com users could have added it unknowingly while downloading an unrelated application. The good news is, even inexperienced users should be able to remove it from the browser without any trouble. Thus, if you installed it unknowingly or do not think it would be wise to continue using Oxsearches.com to surf the Internet, we advise you to check our prepared deletion steps placed just below this paragraph.
On the other hand, if you think there might be more unreliable applications on the system and you want to make sure they would get erased too, it might be easier to employ a legitimate antimalware tool. Then you would only need to install a tool you prefer, set it to scan the PC and click the deletion button once it is presented. Also, users who need more help with this task or want to know more about the suspicious search engine could leave a comment below the article or contact us through social media.