- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Searchutorrm.com is yet another untrustworthy search tool that users should not use by any means. It does not look harmful and it sets itself in the place of default homepages, so a number of users let it stay and even use it every day to search for the information. The two reasons they keep it are these – it does not look harmful, and it acts like a legitimate search engine. Of course, not all the users let this untrustworthy search engine stay set on browsers because they realize that they see it because it has illegally entered their computers and made modifications without their knowledge. Since Searchutorrm.com is capable of setting itself on browsers without permission, i.e. hijacking browsers, specialists at pcthreat.com have classified it as a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are prevalent threats which cyber criminals develop to earn money from online advertising. Polarity Technologies Ltd is one of those companies which have already released a number of websites acting as browser hijackers – it is the author of Searchutorrm.com as well. While developers of browser hijackers use them to earn extra money, you will surely not get money if you use it. Instead, you might end up with undesirable software – it might enter your system if you actively perform web searches using this untrustworthy Polarity search tool.
Websites developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd look like trustworthy search tools not without reason. They try to convince users that they can be trusted and, we have to admit, they really look quite trustworthy. Because of this, there are many users who believe that a search tool they find set in the place of their default homepage is harmless. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm that it is a search tool that you can use without fear. Research carried out by specialists at pcthreat.com has revealed that it has two major drawbacks which make it an untrustworthy search tool and a browser hijacker. First, you will see its search results page full of commercial advertisements. They take the form of ordinary search results, so users do not even suspect that they see ads. Some of them understand that there is something wrong with the search results Searchutorrm.com displays to them when they end up on websites with no useful information after clicking on any of these search results. In other words, users are taken to websites which do not contain a single sentence associated with the search query entered. Users will see legitimate Yahoo! search results too, so we cannot say that all the search results Searchutorrm.com provides users with are harmful and should be avoided at all costs.
The second major drawback associated with Searchutorrm.com is that it starts gathering information about users after setting itself on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. It primarily records anonymous information to personalize sponsored links and get more revenue. This anonymous information consists of Internet Protocol address (IP address), Internet Service Provider (ISP), browser type, operating system type, etc. Unfortunately, if personal details appear among non-personally identifiable information, e.g. a user’s name is entered in the search box of Searchutorrm.com, this information is recorded too. It is considered to be the “search data.” Theoretically, online privacy issues might arise because of this activity performed, so we believe that it is another obvious reason to uninstall Searchutorrm.com.
What else shows that Searchutorrm.com is not a reputable search tool is the distribution methods used to spread it. Research has revealed that this browser hijacker is mainly spread through malicious software bundles. Needless to say, you could not found a single legitimate program that is distributed in bundles, so Searchutorrm.com deserves to be called malicious software.
Luckily, Searchutorrm.com can be eliminated from all web browsers quickly. Users can get rid of it by simply resetting browsers to default settings. Although we consider this method an easy one, users who have never done that before might still find it complicated. To help them, specialists at pcthreat.com have prepared the step-by-step manual removal guide and placed it below this article – feel free to use this removal guide if you feel that you need guidance. It does not mean that there is no other way to remove an undesirable search engine from browsers. It can also be deleted with an automated malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. You will need to scan your system with it only once to get all active threats removed for you.
Searchutorrm.com manual removal instructions