What is Search.sp-cmf.com?
It is quite possible that you do not remember installing Search.sp-cmf.com and setting it as your new home page in the affected major browsers. The reason is simple: This malware infection may slither onto your system without your realizing it. This does not necessarily mean that it installs itself without your permission but the third-party installers this infection could be distributed in may be a bit misleading. Our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com say that this browser hijacker can arrive in the company of other malicious software installers, which could make your system more vulnerable than it was before. Such infections may make your system run slower taking up process power, some could decrease your Internet speed, but worst of all, you could also be exposed to unsafe third-party content through advertising and modified search results, too. In any case, we suggest that you remove Search.sp-cmf.com from your computer as soon as you can and act likewise with all other threats if you want to feel secure while browsing the web and using your PC.
Where does Search.sp-cmf.com come from?
To be quite frank, it is not that difficult to protect your computer from browser hijackers and similar threats if you know how these can end up sneaking onto your system. This infection is mostly spread in free software bundles that you can download from shady file-sharing sites or by clicking on unreliable third-party advertisements you can also encounter on suspicious websites as well as generated by adware programs lurking around on your PC. It seems obvious that if you keep away from such questionable websites and if you manage to resist the occasional temptation of clicking on third-party ads, you may actually avoid infecting your computer; well, maybe not in the case of way more dangerous threats, such as Trojans and ransomware programs.
Even an innocent web search can result in landing on fake or malicious file-sharing sites. It all depends on the keywords you use actually. Of course, there is higher chance to end up on a malicious site when you are using a browser hijacker for searching but you need to know that you may also be offered unreliable links when you are using Google, Bing, or Yahoo. The worst case is when you land on a file-sharing site that you do not even know. In this case you can easily click on third-party content that would result in your downloading a malicious bundle or open new tabs with further malicious pages in them. When you install any bundle, you need to be extra careful because you can easily let a few malicious programs on board, including adware programs, browser hijackers, fake alerts, and Trojans as well. If it is not the first time you have installed a bundle or used questionable websites to download free programs, we recommend that you drop everything and delete Search.sp-cmf.com. Then, run a free online malware scanner you find trustworthy enough and see how heavily your computer is infected with malware.
How does Search.sp-cmf.com work?
Our malware researchers know exactly where this infection is coming from since it is very similar to all other members of this widely spreading family that also includes Search.directionsandmap.com and Search.searchbuscar.com. This malware infection displays a pseudo-toolbar at the top of the page that hosts a search tool, a local weather widget link, and a few other links to websites associated with online gaming, such as bigfishgames.com and addictinggames.com. We are here to warn you that this local weather page is quite shady with all the third-party ads it shows you. One wrong click and you might end up on a website operated by cyber crooks. The same relates to the gaming sites as well, which can also display third-party ads and this makes them potentially unreliable, too.
You should also be aware that this search engine forwards your queries through its web server to a Yahoo search results page that could be modified. This simply means that this browser hijacker may insert promoted third-party advertisements and sponsored links of affiliates among the normal results in order to generate income from this kind of marketing. This would not even be a big problem if all the third parties could be and would be considered reliable. However, the creators of this search engine do not and cannot guarantee such thing. Therefore, you can never really know when you will click on unreliable ads or links that could take you to questionable websites where crooks could be waiting for you as their next online scam victim. If you would like to avoid such awful scenarios and further infections, we advise you to remove Search.sp-cmf.com right now.
How do I delete Search.sp-cmf.com?
It is time for us to talk about solutions finally. You are lucky in the sense that you can eliminate this infection in a simple way. It seems that this browser hijacker mostly hijacks your home page URL so the solution is also clear: You need to change the home page settings. If you have never done this before, we suggest that you use our guide below this article. This whole process should not take more than a minute altogether even if you are not an experienced computer user. Nevertheless, once you have finished, you cannot rest just yet since it is vital that you make sure that no other infections are hiding on your PC. Although it is possible for you to find some of the potential threat sources on your computer, unless you are an advanced user, we recommend that you use a decent anti-malware program, which will also automatically defend your system from malicious attacks.
Remove Search.sp-cmf.com from browsers
- Press Alt+F and choose Settings.
- In the On Startup section, mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
- Click Set pages and add a new URL address.
- Delete the questionable URL from the list.
- Press OK.
- Press Alt+T and pick Options.
- Select General on the left.
- Press Restore to Default.
- Press Alt+T and open Internet options.
- Select the General tab and click Use default.
- Click OK.
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