- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
To the majority Internet users, Picpac.info may seem to be a regular search engine aimed at Japanese Internet users. However, the search engine Picpac.info is also considered a browser hijaker since it can be set as the default search engine or start-up page on popular Internet browsers. It is not clearly defined how the so-called browser hijacker spreads, because it has affected a relatively low number of computers. The odds are that the Picpac.info browser hijacker is distributed as a software bundle, which means that browser settings are altered when installing a separate software program. Thus, it is essential to be alert to the options provided by the software installer. In any case, removing Picpac.info is highly recommended so that you can prevent serious privacy issues, which are discussed further in detail.
Visually, the majority of search engines are alike. All of them are intended for quick and efficient search so that users can get the best results in as short period of time as possible. Like many other search engines, the start-up page of Picpac.info contains links to many popular websites, including email services and social networking websites. Additionally, the search engines contains a link to a gaming website. Gaming websites can very often cause some issues, such as malware installation and data loss. Both consequences are possible because your PC might get infected with malware recording various types of information, including passwords and other personal information. Hence, you should be very careful with the links that you are provided with after having some settings changed without your interference or a clearly expressed form of permission.
The Picpac.info search engine exploits the Google search engine, the search results of which delivered to end users might be modified. Online schemers might alter search result pages by inserting links directing users to unreliable websites, the reliability of which may vary greatly. There are thousands of deceptive websites meant for deceiving unsuspecting computer users. For example, a visitor might be asked to download software, fill in a survey form, scan the computer, etc. All these seemingly harmless actions may be planned to obtain personally identifiable information or take control over an unprotected operating system. If you want to prevent system malfunctions and data loss, you should bypass websites promoting free software and questionable services. Moreover, you should keep the operating system protected from different types of malware. If you are here because you are looking for the answer to the question of how your browsers have become altered, it is very likely that your have kept your OS unprotected for a while and have had to deal with something obtained from unreliable sources. Now you should focus on removing Picpac.info from the computer, so, if that is your ultimate goal for now, move to the very bottom for our removal guide.
Another key aspect of Picpac.info is that this search provider does not have its privacy statements or end-user licence agreement (EULA), the latter of which refers to a legal agreement between the software or service provider and the user. Due to the fact that these two essential parts are missing, the end-user cannot find out what information is being collected by Picpac.info. Usually, search engines collect non-personally identifiable information, which includes search queries, URLs, browsing preferences, etc. Picpac.info does not define the way the search engine operates and how users' interaction with the search engine can affect them. For this reason, we advise you against using Picpac.info and recommend removing it from your browsers. Using questionable websites, including search engines, might lead to long-term damage, which is why it is important to filter your selections so that you can benefit from the Internet in the best way possible.
When it comes to removal, we recommend that you rely on a reputable security program that can eliminate Picpac.info and other threats and also shield the system from various threats. Our instructions below will guide you through the reset process of your browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. In case of any questions, we welcome your inquires in the comment box below.
How to remove Picpac.info