- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.sh-cmf.com is a newly emerged identical clone of a previous browser hijacker called Search.youremailnow.com. These infections belong to the same family that includes Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourpackagesnow.com, and many more. This search page offers you a fake toolbar with easy-access links to the most popular e-mail providers (Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, etc.) as well as, of course, a search tool. We are here to warn you that using this search page or keeping it in your browsers may lead to more infections and exposure to malicious content as well as cyber criminals. We highly recommend that you delete Search.sh-cmf.com right away. Unfortunately, it is quite likely that you will also find other malware infections on your system because this infection tends to travel with a “nasty company.” If you would like to find out more about this browser hijacker and how it can pose a threat to your system as well as how you can protect yourself, please read on.
It is essential that we tell you about how you may infect your system with this browser hijacker because this can give you a chance to avoid similar attacks in the future. The most common way to let this hijacker onto your computer starts with one single click on the wrong content. This can be a third-party advertisement, such as a pop-up and banner ad, or an unreliable ad or link on an altered search results page provided by a browser hijacker such as Search.sh-cmf.com. As you can see, you are never safe if any malware infection is on board as you can be exposed to harmful content any time you go surfing the web. What is even worse is that by clicking on corrupt content you can easily download a whole bundle of malicious software installers and you can end up with this and other browser hijackers as well as adware applications to mention a few threats that can cause some headaches.
In order to prevent such attacks from happening, you should avoid questionable websites that host several unreliable third-party ads. You should know that these ads can be unrecognizable, i.e., disguised to look something else, such as download buttons, next-page buttons, and system notifications urging you to download software updates or missing plugins. Therefore, when you land on an unfamiliar website, it is not that complicated to click on undesirable content and end up with a bundle of threats on your machine. It is quite possible that this is how this browser hijacker entered your computer, too. That is why we suggest that you run a malware scanner to detect all other infections after you remove Search.sh-cmf.com.
When you install this search page, you actually let the browser hijacker make some changes in your browsers (home page). It is possible that you do not even notice this step and think that this hijacker may have infiltrated your system in some mysterious way. This search page holds a few risks for you since, apart from the main search tool, you are also provided with a fake toolbar full of quick links to weather sites and e-mail providers. Using these links might be risky because this hijacker could possibly inject third-party ads into those pages. However, the main issue here is definitely the search engine itself. In fact, this search page redirects all your web search requests to a modified Yahoo search results page where you could be presented with potentially unreliable third-party ads and links. Do not be misled by thinking that you are on a legitimate Yahoo page. This is exactly what the creators of this infection want because you would be more careless to click on any content that catches your eye.
Since this browser hijacker is capable of collecting information about you regarding your browsing habits and products you may be interested in to buy, it is possible for it to bombard you with relevant ads and links. However, cyber criminals can misuse this information to present to you traps to be redirected to their malicious websites. If you do not want to become a victim of an online scam and lose money, you should remove Search.sh-cmf.com right away.
Since this browser hijacker mainly changes the home page settings and installs a browser extension in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer, it is best to reset all these browsers to leave no leftovers. It is possible that it is enough to remove this extension from Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome if you do not wish to reset them. In any case, we have prepared instructions for you below that explain how to reset your browsers. Even if you are an inexperienced computer user, you could easily accomplish this task. But we cannot say the same for all other possible threats that may be hiding on your computer. Not only would it take more time, but you would also have to be an advanced user to be able to detect all kinds of malware and to know how to eliminate them. Therefore, we advise you to install a reliable anti-malware application that will also automatically protect your system from further attacks.
How to remove Search.sh-cmf.com from browsers