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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Search.nyknicksbuzzsearch.com is a browser hijacker that can replace Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome’s homepage and new tab page addresses. Because it can modify your browser’s settings without your approval, you should remove it if you happen to get it not your browser. Also, we want to inform you that its search results are bound to feature promoted links and ads because this hijacker’s purpose is to show you promotional links and generate advertising revenue. So do not expect Search.nyknicksbuzzsearch.com to deliver you a quality browsing experience because its primary objective is to show ads.

Our research has revealed that Search.nyknicksbuzzsearch.com was created by Imali Media, an infamous malware developer known for its browser hijackers and their accompanying browser extensions. Imali Media is based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Its stated goal is to provide its clients with adverting solutions, so what is this company doing releasing search engines? It uses them to secretly show promoted links and give the impression that the links are regular search results.

Imali Media is known to bundle its hijackers with dedicated browser extensions that are used for getting their hijackers onto the computers of unsuspecting users. The same is true of Search.nyknicksbuzzsearch.com because it is bundled with a browser add-on called NYKicksBuzz Demo. This extension was put up for download on Nyknicksbuzz.com, a website that was set up to host the download of this particular add-on. However, we assume Imali Media might also have NYKicksBuzz Demo bundled with third-party software installers that you can encounter if you frequent free software distributing sites.

Testing has shown that NYKicksBuzz Demo is compatible with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and the installers it comes bundled with might install it secretly because, in some cases, bundled installers do not allow users to deselect the installation of additional content. If Search.nyknicksbuzzsearch.com manages to replace your browser’s homepage address, then you should know that it will redirect the search queries you enter in its search box to Google.com. However, we want to point out that what you will get is ad-supported search results that will have one or two promotional links. Legitimate browsers also feature promoted links, but the difference here is that this browser hijacker was created by a company that has no issue with promoting shady content. Therefore, we conclude that some of Search.nyknicksbuzzsearch.com’s ads can come from unreliable sources and its links can redirect you to malicious websites.

While you can use Search.nyknicksbuzzsearch.com as a regular search engine, we recommend that you do not because of its potentially dangerous links that can jeopardize your computer’s security and even your personal privacy. We are of the opinion that this search engine is malicious and you ought to remove from your PC as soon as the opportunity arises. I you want to get rid of it, you will have to delete NYKicksBuzz Demo, and the homepage address will be reset once you do that. Please consult the instructions on how to remove this browser hijacker.

Remove NYKicksBuzz Demo

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Click Extensions and remove NYKicksBuzz Demo.
  3. Press Alt+T and click Options.
  4. Change the homepage address.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Go to More tools.
  3. Click Extensions and remove NYKicksBuzz Demo.
  4. Then, press Alt+F again.
  5. Locate the On Startup list and click Set pages.
  6. Change the homepage address and click OK.
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