What is Coolsearch.info?
You should not trust Coolsearch.info under any circumstances because this search provider is just another browser hijacker that has purposefully concealed all information about itself. What is the first thing we recommend doing when facing new, unfamiliar software or services? If you have read Anti-Spyware-101.com articles before, you know that we always recommend performing thorough research. Most users start their research with the official information, and such information does not exist when we are talking about this particular hijacker. Is that something that you can ignore? Of course it is not. The creator of this threat is clearly trying to hide something. Even if that is not the case, would you trust a service/program that you knew nothing about? Whether or not official information exists, you always should look into third-party reviews as well because they are generally most genuine and revealing. Needless to say, according to this third-party review, you should remove Coolsearch.info.
How does Coolsearch.info work?
Our research has revealed that Coolsearch.info is identical to Startsearch.info, another hijacker that also deserves removal. Both of these threats were created in Russia, which is why we believe that they could come packaged with Russian software and could be represented on Russian file-sharing websites. At the moment, Coolsearch.info is mainly spread in India and Pakistan, but it has the potential to spread elsewhere as well. The bad news is that malicious infections could come bundled with this hijacker, and that could mean bigger problems. So if you let in the hijacker – whether or not you do it knowingly – you need to inspect your entire operating system using a legitimate malware scanner. If more dangerous, time-sensitive threats are found, delete them first, but do not forget about the removal of the hijacker as well. Although it employs Google Custom Search to deliver search results, you should not equate it to the popular and reliable Google search engine.
Do you trust Coolsearch.info because it looks harmless? The looks can be deceiving, and so you should never consider a program or service reliable just because it “looks” reliable. Sure, the Google-like “Search” logo appears to be familiar, and the Google Custom Search engine might seem trustworthy, but these are just tools to make you inadvertent. The reality is that the results shown to you via the search engine can be modified, which means that malicious links and misleading advertisements could be added as well. On top of that, there is always a risk that silent data-trackers are collecting personally identifiable data. Needless to say, having such information recorded by an unpredictable tool is extremely dangerous. In the worst case scenario, your virtual identity will be stolen to perform in an illegal manner. It is also possible that third parties associated with the creator of Coolsearch.info will employ their own data-trackers to spy on you, and that, of course, can create even more problems. All in all, there are plenty of security-related questions that you should ask yourself before you decide to trust this hijacker, and, considering that these questions have no answers, deleting the threats is what we advise.
How to remove Coolsearch.info
If you are determined to delete Coolsearch.info manually, we suggest resetting your browsers. If you do that, you will automatically eliminate all data-trackers as well. Of course, once you are done, you should also scan your operating system to make sure that it is no longer infected. As mentioned previously, other threats might have invaded your operating system along with the hijacker, and the scanner will detect them for you. You can refer to the removal guides on this website to clean your PC yourself, or you can install an anti-malware tool to have all threats eliminated automatically. This is the option we suggest, especially because anti-malware software can also ensure reliable, full-time protection. Needless to say, if you do not take care of your system’s protection, you might face other threats sooner or later.
- Launch Firefox and tap keys Alt+H.
- In the Help menu select Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox and then restart the browser.
- Perform a full system scan to check for leftovers.
- Launch Chrome and then tap keys Alt+F.
- Select Settings and click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
- Click the Reset settings button and then click Reset.
- Restart the browser and then perform a full system scan.
- Launch Internet Explorer and tap Alt+T keys.
- Select Internet options and then click the Advanced tab.
- Click Reset, then select Delete personal settings, and click Reset again.
- Restart IE and then perform a full system scan.
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