- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.lexside.com is a new browser hijacker that can easily enter your computer. Once it is inside the system, it alters the settings of browsers. This browser hijacker changes the homepage, default search engine, and might even set Search.lexside.com as the New Tab page. These changes are made so that the Search.lexside.com search engine would be loaded automatically. The search tool set does not look harmful at all; however, specialists cannot call it a trustworthy search engine because it has several drawbacks. The first one is associated with the search results it returns for users. The second one is related to the collection of information. More detailed information about this browser hijacker is provided further in this article. Read it from beginning to end to find out how to delete it easily too.
Let’s begin by describing Search.lexside.com. Yes, it looks like any other search engine at first sight, but there is much negative to say about it. Researchers at pcthreat.com have carried out research and revealed that this search tool might display untrustworthy search results. According to them, users might see more promotional links than search results based on the entered search query. It means that it might be harder to find the relevant information on the web. Of course, it is not the main risk associated with these promotional links. It has been found that they might take users to bad third-party websites too since Search.lexside.com displays links promoting all kinds of web pages. Nobody verifies these links before placing them on the search results page. Ending up on an unreliable website and thus causing harm to the computer is one of the main risks associated with Search.lexside.com. Unfortunately, it is not the only danger it might pose.
Before we explain to you how to delete Search.lexside.com from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers, we want to make it clear why you see a new search tool set. If a user is sure that he/she has nothing to do with the appearance of a new search tool on browsers, there is basically no doubt that a browser hijacker has successfully entered the computer. These infections are often spread in bundled malicious installers, so it is not surprising that so many users do not notice when they enter computers. In most cases, it is possible to prevent untrustworthy applications from entering the computer. First of all, users should start being more careful, especially when installing applications downloaded from third-party web pages. It would be best to choose the Advanced installation option to see what programs are going to be installed. Unfortunately, this does not always help to prevent malware from entering the computer. Therefore, every user has to install a trustworthy security application on the computer. It will be effective only if it is kept active 24/7/365.
The easiest way to undo the changes applied by a browser hijacker infection is to reset browsers to their default settings. If you have never done that before, you should let our manual removal guide (find it below this article) help you. What you can do if you do not like the manual method is to scan the computer with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter. An automatic tool will detect and remove all other untrustworthy applications from the computer as well, which means that you will not need to find and erase the remaining threats yourself as in the case of the manual removal method.