- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.socialaddons.top is a browser hijacker that is spreading mainly in Israel, according to researchers working at pcthreat.com. It usually infiltrates computers unnoticed, but it is hard not to notice its successful entrance because browser hijackers apply changes to users’ browsers when they arrive on their computers right away. Most likely, Search.socialaddons.top will be set as your new homepage and default search engine, but do not be very surprised if you find it set as your New Tab URL as well. We cannot confirm that Search.socialaddons.top is one of the reputable search providers, so if it has appeared on your web browsers out of the blue, you should remove it without further consideration. We are sure you will delete this infection from your computer one way or another, but we cannot promise that its removal will be very easy. In some cases, changes applied to browsers by browser hijackers can be undone by resetting these affected browsers to default. This might work in your case either, but you should still read this article to the end first before you go to erase malware from your system.
As you already know, Search.socialaddons.top is a browser hijacker that might change without permission your browsers’ settings. Our malware researchers suspect that it has not been developed to improve the users’ web searching experience in any way. It is more likely that its main goal is to promote certain websites by driving traffic to them. It is the reason it should be removed from your browsers as soon as possible as well. If you do not do anything about the presence of Search.socialaddons.top, the chances are high that you will see some modified search results when you perform web searches. If you click on them, you will be taken straight to these promoted pages. Unfortunately, we cannot promise that all these pages can be fully trusted. Theoretically, some of them might even be promoting untrustworthy applications (e.g. adware, potentially unwanted programs, and even more harmful threats). We cannot promise that Search.socialaddons.top will not collect any information about you either. Browser hijackers cannot access personally-identifiable information on users’ computers if they do not provide it themselves willingly, but they can surely record users’ non-personally identifiable details, including activities they perform on the web, websites they visit, links they click, etc. You cannot change how this browser hijacker works on your computer, but you have a right to stop these activities it performs if you do not like them whenever you want to. You just need to eliminate Search.socialaddons.top from your browsers. If you are taken to it from some kind of another domain, i.e., your browsers’ settings have not been altered but, instead, you are redirected to this page against your will when you open a specific URL, it should be enough to stop visiting that dubious website causing redirections.
It is no longer a secret how browser hijackers are usually distributed. If you see your browsers’ settings altered, i.e. Search.socialaddons.top has become your new homepage and/or default search tool without your knowledge, it must be true that the browser hijacker has slithered onto your computer next to other applications. Generally speaking, you have installed the software bundle on your PC. Specialists say that users might see Search.socialaddons.top even if their browsers’ settings have not been altered because this dubious page might come as a redirect. To put it differently, it might be opened to you automatically when you visit another domain. Unauthorized changes might be applied to your browsers again if you do not do anything to ensure your system’s maximum protection, so make sure you install security software on your computer if you do not consider yourself one of those experienced users that know everything about the distribution of malware and can ensure the system’s maximum protection without outside help.
If you see Search.socialaddons.top right away when you open your web browser, it seems that its main settings have been altered. You can quickly undo those modifications applied by resetting your browsers to default settings. You should use our step-by-step manual removal guide placed below this article if you have never done that before. There is, of course, a quicker removal method you can adopt available too – you can perform a system scan with an automated malware remover.
How to remove Search.socialaddons.top