- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Bettersearch.co is a new questionable search engine that may appear in your browsers by hijacking them. No wonder why malware researchers may also label this potential threat source as a browser hijacker. This search engine can be set as your homepage, new tab as well as your default search engine. When you find this search engine in your browsers, it is quite likely that you have let a browser hijacker or a potentially unwanted program on board and that is why all the browser setting changes. Although for the time being it seems that this search engine provides you with legitime search results, we would like to share with you our concerns and what we have found out about this tool. We recommend that you remove Bettersearch.co from your browsers due to the potential risks. For more details, please read our full report.
When this new search engine, or any other for that matter, shows up in your browsers, you should be suspicious right away; mostly, if you cannot recall installing it. This always means that it had to sneak onto your computer in a questionable or deceptive way. It is, of course, possible that you are informed about the browser setting changes but you either overlook such a notification or may not even notice it. For example, you may click on unsafe content on a torrent website while trying to download a crack or a free program. This can open a new tab in your browser with a page that tries to push you to install a browser extension. Usually two or three pop-ups can appear on your screen and this may be confusing for inexperienced users, who may simply click OK or Install without even checking closely what they agree to. But even if you read these pop-ups or the promotional page, you may decide that "why not?" so you go for it; however, after a few days you may not even remember that you agreed to install it since it was not a targeted download.
What is even worse, you may also install this search engine or the browser extension that promotes it via free software bundles. You can infect your system with such a bundle when you download files from suspicious file-sharing websites. These pages generally promote malicious bundles that can contain several threats, such as potentially unwanted programs, adware programs, Trojans, ransomware programs, fake alerts, and browser hijackers as well. Obviously, installing such a software packages could expose you to cyber criminals as well as to malicious web content. It is also possible to drop such a bundle when you click on corrupt third-party ads (banner and pop-up) and links on shady websites or generated by malware hiding on your PC. All in all, we suggest that you run a reliable malware scanner after you delete Bettersearch.co.
Apart from the suspicious distribution methods, there is one more thing about this search engine that questions its reliability: It has no legal documents available. You should never use any software or website that does not disclose its policies and terms because you simply would not know what might happen if you keep using it. This search engine may, for example, collect information about you regarding your search keywords and browsing habits. Based on this information, customized content and search results could be delivered to your screen; no wonder why most of such service providers like this even sell or share these data with third parties. However, this also would mean that you could be presented with modified search results in the near future that could include questionable third-party ads and links as well. We cannot claim that this search engine alters the search results as yet but there is certainly a potential in it. This search engine actually redirects all your queries to Google search results pages, which also makes it totally redundant. These are the basic reasons why we suggest that you should remove Bettersearch.co from your computer.
In order to get rid of this questionable search engine, we advise you to reset all your main browsers that can be affected by it, namely, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. Please note that there may be other threats on your system that may need your immediate attention. If you do not possess the skills to manually eliminate all of these threats, we suggest that you install a reliable malware removal application like SpyHunter to do all the system security-related job for you automatically.
How to remove Bettersearch.co from your browsers