- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Our security researchers say that Searchdefence.com is a browser hijacker, but you can always find this application categorized as a potentially unwanted program or a browser plug-in. That is because categories often overlap, and one program could have features that are applicable to several categories. The same applies to this browser hijacker. It is closely associated with a browser extension that actually installs it on a target system. Therefore, in order to remove Searchdefence.com from your computer, you should delete the extension first. After that, you can look for ways to protect your system from various threats.
Perhaps sometimes it is hard to grasp how or why programs like Searchdefence.com could be computer security threats. That is mostly because they look like regular browser extensions or browser upgrades. However, if your browser’s settings get modified without your permission, it should be enough of a proof that there is something wrong. Of course, browser hijackers can seldom enter target systems without user’s permission, but let us not forget that they can easily trick users into thinking they are installing something entirely different. Perhaps you did not even know you downloaded this browser hijacker because you were focused on something else.
We know for sure that Searchdefence.com is a direct clone of Searchencrypt.com, Discretesearch.com, Searchincognito.com, Searchencrypted.com, and other suspicious applications. It means that the people behind these programs are bound to release as many extensions as necessary in order to affect many systems and make much money. It looks like they are aiming for quantity rather than quality though, it at least it should not be hard to remove Searchdefence.com from your system. The most important thing is to not panic because a browser hijacker is definitely not to the end of the world. Not to mention that this application affects only the Chrome browser.
Does this mean that if you use some other browser the browser hijacker will not affect you? Yes, the program will not change your homepage, but it can still enter your computer because of its distribution methods. In fact, Searchdefence.com might be the first sign that something is fundamentally wrong with your computer. Such programs tend to travel in groups, and you must have downloaded the browser hijacker in a software package from some file-sharing website. That is why computer security researchers always say that regular system scans are necessary to avoid severe threats.
Not that Searchdefence.com is already in your browser, what will happen? As mentioned, the program will affect the Chrome browser. It will add a new extension, and it will change your default homepage. Perhaps it will not scare you at first because the program’s homepage looks like it can provide you with safe search service. However, any browser settings modification without your permission should be taken seriously. Not to mention that such programs often rely on third-party advertising to cover their development costs. Hence, they most definitely employ tracking cookies to log information about your web browsing habits.
To be honest, quite a few applications and even websites do that to provide you with custom content and better online experience. But when this system is employed by third-party applications it can take a dangerous turn. The problem is that Searchdefence.com is not responsible for the security of the third-party content it promotes. And this opens a security loophole that can be exploited by cyber criminals. They can easily make use of the program to promote and distribute malicious content. While such possibility is the worst-case scenario (and also very unlikely), you should not take any chances.
Follow the instructions below to remove Searchdefence.com from your system today. It is not complicated to terminate this browser hijacker and the extension that accompanies it. But after manual removal, you should scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner.
As mentioned, such programs often travel in groups, so you may have more extensions or adware programs that are waiting to be removed (figuratively speaking). Also, protecting your system from similar threats in the future would also be a good idea. And while a powerful antispyware tool can always help, you should also review your web browsing habits because that always plays an important role in ensuring your system’s safety.
How to Remove Searchdefence.com