- Changes default search engine
- Hijacks homepage
- Shows commercial adverts
Spot-Search.com may be promoted as the ultimate search tool; however, it is just a new clone of well-known browser hijackers, including Boxo-search.com, Golsearch.com, and Enhanced-search.com. If your browsers have been hijacked by Spot-Search.com, you might have other infections jeopardizing your system’s security, too. There are several ways how this hijacker might harm your system and put your privacy at risk. It is worth knowing what you are up against if you have been infected with this browser hijacker. At the end of our report you will also learn how to remove Spot-Search.com from your computer in order restore security.
Spot-Search.com is no surprise to our researchers since from time to time there is always a newcomer clone from the same group of hijackers, with a simple name change. You cannot download this search tool from its website, info.Spot-Search.com, but you can learn how to uninstall it at least. It is already strange and makes it a questionable application that there is no download button or link on its own official site. This leaves only one option for it to sneak onto your system: freeware bundles. This method is favored by cyber criminals who look for easy money or try to take over your system for their malicious purposes.
Most users download bundles containing adware and other malware applications from torrent and other P2P websites. It is easy to get confused on these sites and click on a fake download button. Although, usually, you do have an opportunity to decline the installation of additional tools and unwanted programs, most people do not even notice this and rush to install the whole package. This is how users mainly get infected with applications, such as Spot-Search.com. Therefore, it is important that after you delete this hijacker, you should run a full system scan to identify any other related infections threatening your system.
Spot-Search.com alters your browser settings without your knowledge. This already is a privacy issue and questions the real intentions of this application. It can be rather annoying to start your browsing every time with the modified home page; however, it also harbors some potential dangers for you. This hijacker may collect information about you, including your search phrases, your preferred websites, products you are interested in, and even your geographical location, and then it may share it with third parties. Once they know your interests, they can show you targeted and relevant ads that you may be more inclined to click on. This hijacker might also modify the search result pages with customized sponsored links, for example, and it also has a third-party banner ad on its main page. You need to understand the potential danger these ads and links might put you in. If, by clicking on them, you get redirected to a malicious website, you might face even more malware threats spreading onto your system or you could end up on fake websites trying to steal your personal data to commit online frauds with it. You cannot let this potential lurk on your computer, and that is why we recommend that you remove Spot-Search.com right now.
In order to assist you with the removal of this browser hijacker, we have prepared instructions for you below. Although you can uninstall the application via Control Panel, this will not take care of your browser settings. Since this hijacker affects all major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, you need to reset them to get rid of all the components. If you want to feel totally safe, we suggest that you use a reliable antimalware tool, which can automatically detect and remove all existing infections from your computer.
How to remove Spot-Search.com from Windows
Windows Vista and Windows 7
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
How to reset your browsers