- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
We have recently come across a browser hijacker called Search.mysportsxp.com. Like all browser hijackers, this one is acts like a search engine, and, in truth, functions as you would expect a search engine to function, but you should remove it nonetheless. It was classified as a hijacker, because malicious software installers inject it into your browser without your having a say in the matter. There is no offer you can decline or warning that it will automatically be changed. Our research has revealed that Search.mysportsxp.com’s search results will often contain promotional links to partner websites. We are of the opinion that promotions obstruct the browsing experience, and we are concerned with the fact that some of its search results may be malicious. Furthermore, this hijacker will collect information about you. Please read this comprehensive description to know more about this infection.
Browser hijackers depend on the injection of third-party software into a browser. These days, all browser hijackers are distributed using bundled software. Malicious bundles that contain Search.mysportsxp.com also feature its accompanying browser add-on called My Sports XP. This extension is an integral part of this hijacker and it must also be deleted if you want your computer to be malware free. Bundles that contain this browser hijacker can be found on various freeware distributing websites. However, the websites it is featured on and programs it is bundled with are subject to change, so we cannot offer any concrete facts.
While you install a malicious software bundle, the installer will inject Search.mysportsxp.com into your browser and it will become the browser's primary search engine and homepage. Inattentive users that do not notice this change often continue to use browser hijackers for searching purposes as intended. However, in the case of Search.mysportsxp.com, you may not be aware of the fact that this hijacker actually redirects to the extsearch.maxwebsearch.com server which then will redirect you to a customized Yahoo search engine that will feature promotional links. We cannot say for certain if Search.mysportsxp.com’s search results are of a malicious nature, but, at the very least, promotional links hinder the overall search experience.
Another important issue we must discuss is the fact that Search.mysportsxp.com has been programmed to gather information about you. It automatically gathers non-personally identifiable information, such as your IP address — and, by extension, your geographical location — your search history, browsing history, and a few other details. However, it is also capable of collecting personal information, such as your name, email address, mailing address, and other information that you include when you contact the developers. This information should be used to tailor the promotional links in order for the developers to make more money. However, this information may also be sold to third parties.
Therefore, we think that it is very important to remove Search.mysportsxp.com as soon as possible, because it does not offer anything good that would justify your keeping it. In any case, since this hijacker is distributed in a deceptive fashion, you are probably not contemplating the option of keeping it. And that is just as well, because its search results are unreliable and can potentially subject you to unreliable digital content. So use our removal guide to get rid of Search.mysportsxp.com for good.
How to get rid of Search.mysportsxp.com
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