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Searchvaults.com looks like a regular search engine, but it could function as a browser hijacker as well. If your default search engine suddenly switched to this website, you must have installed a lot of freeware apps at some point, and one of them modified your browser’s settings. Luckily, it is not that complicated to remove Searchvaults.com from your system, but deleting this one search engine might not be enough to protect your system from various threats. You should seriously consider scanning your PC with a licensed antispyware tool because you are bound to have more unwanted apps installed, and you must terminate them all.
Before we discuss what this search engine might do, we should point out how it enters your computer. It is obvious that there is no direct distribution link that would allow you to add Searchvaults.com to your system. In fact, we believe that this piece of software travels bundled with other freeware applications. Therefore, it is very likely that you do not even notice how it gets added to your browser. We would like to emphasize how important it is to employ safe web browsing habits. And if you must have new programs, be sure to download them from official websites.
Downloading applications from file-sharing pages can often result in a lot of unwanted installations. Of course, you should be able to deselect the applications you do not need during the setup, but there are a lot of users out there who simply breeze through the installation without giving it a second thought. Hence, the likes of Searchvaults.com get added to their browsers as well. Another way to add this search engine is to click a random pop-up that appears on your screen when you open some unfamiliar website. There are a lot of online gaming websites and other pages that support pop-ups ads, and quite a few of those ads promote third-party applications. It is possible that some users click the pop-ups without even checking what they say.
So now that you have Searchvaults.com on your browser, what can happen? Our research team is reluctant to categorize this search engine as a browser hijacker because the engine itself does not do anything malicious. However, it might be used by some other application to collect data on your web browsing habits. You see, once your default homepage is changed to Searchvaults.com, this search engine will employ tracking cookies to track your online activity.
Searchvaults.com will soon know which websites you frequent and which search keywords you use on a regular basis. Although such tracking cannot affect your personal information, the data collected can be later on used for third-party content promotion. That is to say, you may encounter more commercial advertisements when you browse the web, and those advertisements will be related to your likes and preferences. Third party applications employ such tactics to increase the possibility of your clicking the ads. Whenever you click those ads, the people behind that promotion service get paid.
Aside from being somewhat annoying, there is nothing illegal behind such practice. However, Searchvaults.com and other parties involved are also very vulnerable to third-party exploitation. Basically, anyone can make use of their advertising network as long as they know how to do it. And we can be sure that cyber criminals will definitely know how to do it. So as long as Searchvaults.com remains on your browser, there is always a chance that you could be indirectly exposed to potentially corrupted and even malicious content.
That is why, the sooner you remove Searchvaults.com from your browser, the better. You simply need to reset your browser’s settings to default to make this search engine disappear. For that, you can find the manual removal instructions below. However, do not forget that there might be many other unwanted applications installed on your system.
Scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner right now to see just how many unnecessary programs you have. If possible, remove them manually. If not, rely on a legitimate security tool to delete them. Should you have more questions about your system’s security, please feel free to leave us a comment. Our team is always ready to assist you, and you should not hesitate to ask for help if something goes wrong.
How to Remove Searchvaults.com
Reset Internet Explorer