- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.searchbuscar.com is a browser hijacker that is entirely identical to Search.searcheazel.com and Search.searchsolod.com, both of which have been discussed in recent reports. All three of these infections were created by Polarity Technologies Ltd, and although this company is known for hundreds of similar-looking hijackers, it is uncommon to see completely identical ones. The interface of the threat is divided into three sections: the bar at the top, the search utility, and the easy-access links at the bottom. Well, all links are the same, and that is what is surprising. At the top, you are presented with Weather, News, Gmail, Facebook, Maps, FileBistro, Scanner, and OnlineConvert buttons that provide you with access to authentic websites. The shortcuts in the bottom section represent some additional links as well. Although these links are legitimate, and you can access authentic websites using them, you should not identify the hijacker as a reliable tool. On the contrary, you should delete it from your browser right away. Read this report to learn about the reasons for removing Search.searchbuscar.com.
The search tool represented via Search.searchbuscar.com might seem harmless; however, that is not entirely true. First of all, the hijacker redirects your queries to an unexpected search engine, which is not a good sign. Of course, the creator of this hijacker is smart, and instead of redirecting you to some strange and unfamiliar engine, it actually redirects to search.yahoo.com (Yahoo Search). You might be familiar with it, but that does not mean that you should trust it. According to our malware analysts, it is possible that the results delivered to you via this engine will be modified by the hijacker, which means that you might be introduced to advertisements and sponsored links that might have nothing to do with your search queries at all. Even if the ads shown to you correspond to your keyword, do not rush to interact with them because you might expose yourself to scams and unreliable content. Furthermore, your activity is recorded when you interact with this hijacker, and even personally-identifiable information could be recorded and, most important, shared with unknown parties. You probably agree with us that that is an important reason to delete Search.searchbuscar.com.
Although we strongly recommend removing Search.searchbuscar.com, you might have bigger issues to worry about if this browser hijacker came packaged with malware. In the past, Polarity Technologies Ltd hijackers were distributed along with extensions that had official websites. The most recent threats, however, do not have official sources, and so there is little doubt that third-party installers were employed for the distribution of this threat. What does that mean? That, unfortunately, means that malware might have been introduced to you along with the suspicious hijacker. Do not think that malware has not corrupted your operating system if you do not see. Install a trustworthy malware scanner, and you will know for sure if you need to remove malicious threats. Hopefully, you do not, but if you do, you have an option to have all of them eliminated at the same time.
If the suspicious Search.searchbuscar.com has replaced your homepage after you installed an unfamiliar extension, you should delete it right away. Hopefully, your regular homepage will be restored after that. If the hijacker stands on its own, you can use the instructions below that show how to modify the homepage URL. As you can see, the process is not at all complicated. Of course, manual removal is suitable only in those cases when the hijacker is the only threat or when users are capable of erasing all other threats as well. Have you scanned your operating system to check for other threats? If malware was found, can you eliminate it yourself? If you are unable to do that, you can always trust anti-malware software that is designed to uncover and erase malicious threats. It can remove Search.searchbuscar.com as well. Furthermore, this software is also designed to keep your operating system protected in the future, which, of course, is crucial.