- Changes default search engine
- Hijacks homepage
Search.searchitknow.com is a questionable search engine that resembles Google.com at first sight; however, you should not trust this tool at all. As a matter of fact, it is most likely to show up in your browsers without your permission by changing some settings. Therefore, it has been classified as a browser hijacker. This hijacker usually modifies your homepage, so whenever you start up your browsers, you will find this search engine there. But you need to stay away from it and should never use it if you do not want to infect your computer with more malware threats or end up on malicious websites. When you find this browser hijacker active in your browsers, it is also possible that there are other infections, such as adware apps and potentially unwanted programs on your computer. That is why it is best to have a professional antimalware program installed and active on your computer so that you do not have to face these threats and manually remove them. But even if your PC is unprotected, you can still delete Search.searchitknow.com, and we will tell you how you can do that.
This browser hijacker usually uses software bundling to spread over the Internet. This is one of the most effective ways to infect computers all over the world. Since infected bundles are mostly promoted on freeware sites that cannot be trusted. Obviously, only experienced users would avoid these sites, but most of the computer users may not be able to decide whether they can trust a site or not just by looking at it. But even if you land on a relatively reliable shareware site, it is possible to click on a third-party ad there and get redirected to a malicious website or download malware in the background; especially, if you have a nasty adware application already on board, which can be responsible for such actions. So, if you have installed such an infected software package lately, you need to delete Search.searchitknow.com and check your system for other infections.
What even an inexperienced user can do to see if there are any other threats on board is to check the list of installed programs in Control Panel and the extension lists in the browsers. Of course, these are only the visible applications and tools. However, before you start weeding out apps, you should make sure you are not about to remove something important. It is always advisable to perform a web search to decide if a program is needed or has possibly crawled onto your system in an infected bundle.
Search.searchitknow.com is a useless and unreliable search engine that uses a redirect to Yahoo! instead of showing its own results. But do not be misled by the reputable third-party search engine because this hijacker is able to manipulate the results to include, for example, sponsored links and ads, which may not be all reliable. As a matter of fact, you can never know in this case which one can or cannot be trusted. Therefore, it is safer never to click on anything related to this hijacker. But the safest is, of course, to remove Search.searchitknow.com ASAP.
If you are ready to put an end to this infection, you should do the following: Restore the homepage settings in your browsers. If you need help with this, please use our step-by-step instructions below. You need to know that your computer can still be under attack by other threats. Until you clear them all from your computer, you cannot feel safe again in your virtual “kingdom.” Therefore, we recommend using a professional antimalware application if you do not want to go after each infection manually, which could take long hours and you might end up with a crippled system if you happen to make undesirable changes to your system.
Remove Search.searchitknow.com from Browsers