- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
It feels like Polarity Technologies Ltd. can come out with a new featured search page like Search.searchm3f.com every other day. This team is responsible for dozens of browser hijackers like Search.searchgmfs.com and Search.searchws.com, which can show up in your browsers without even your intention. This new hijacker is very similar to all other previous ones as it offers you a couple of official forms on a fake toolbar and a search engine, of course. We are here to tell you that such a tool is totally unnecessary as you can always bookmark any page you would like to reach from your bookmarks bar. Unfortunately, this browser hijacker may present to you manipulated search results that may include potentially unsafe third-party advertisements and sponsored links as well. Since this malware infection may show up on your system in deceptive ways, chances are it is not the only threat you are facing right now. Thus, we suggest that after you remove Search.searchm3f.com from your computer, you scan your system to find all other threats potentially endangering your virtual security.
It is possible that you do not even notice this browser hijacker for some time since it looks very similar to reputable search engines. But it is important for you to know that this infection could be the result of your installing a freeware bundle you may have downloaded from suspicious file-sharing pages like filewin.com, malavida.es, and descargar.es. It this sounds familiar, you will understand why we say that you should stop using such torrent and freeware pages for downloading any type of files because there is a good chance that you download a bundle of threats, including browser hijackers, Trojans, adware programs, and more.
Another way for you to infect your machine with such a bundle is to click on corrupt third-party ads and other hidden content like fake buttons (download and navigational) on suspicious websites (gambling, gaming, and file-sharing) or presented by adware programs on your computer. These are the main options for you to install such a browser hijacker and a couple of other threats at the same time and this is why you need to be more cautious where you click and what sites you land on. We recommend now that you delete Search.searchm3f.com from your browsers and scan your computer with a reliable malware scanner to find all possible harmful programs.
As we have said, this new featured search page is nothing new really as it is more like a clone of previous ones in this Polarity family. It has the same fake toolbar with the usual tools like the search tool, the News and the Local Weather buttons. We must mention that, for example, the Local Weather page is a widget page that is packed with potentially harmful third-party ads and you should not even try to load it if you do not want to click on one accidentally and possibly end up on a malicious page. This particular search page features links to forms like Form 1040 (irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040.pdf). We would like to emphasize that you can use your browsers' bookmarking function whenever you want to have a page within easy reach and it is without risks as well.
Unfortunately, this search page cannot be fully trusted. As a matter of fact, it may show you unreliable search results. How is this possible? Well, this browser hijacker can spy on you and gather information about your interests, needs, websites you visit, and so on. Based on this information, you can be targeted with customized content, such as advertisements. This hijacker can inject such content into Yahoo search results and present them to you as original results. However, if you accidentally click on the wrong ad or link, you could put your system security at risk. This is why it is important that you remove Search.searchm3f.com from your PC.
We have found that it is best to reset your affected browsers, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome as well. It may also work to simply restore your homepage settings and the default search engine; however, in certain cases this did not seem sufficient. Please follow our guide below this article if you would like to put an end to this annoying threat. Please note that this may not clean your system fully. If you cannot possibly take care of all other threats on your PC, it may be time to employ a trustworthy malware removal program, such as SpyHunter.
How to remove Search.searchm3f.com from your browsers