What is Hightsearch.com?
Hightsearch.com is an untrustworthy search engine even though it looks like a reliable search tool. It is usually called an untrustworthy search engine because it is spread by a browser hijacker infection and thus it usually replaces users’ default homepages and search engines without permission. Specialists have not found this surprising at all because all browser hijackers act the same, i.e. they hijack particular or all the browsers they find installed on the system. If this has already happened to you too, we suggest that you remove Hightsearch.com from your Google Chrome (yes, it affects only this browser) browser quickly and then start using a more reliable search engine instead. If you do not know anything about the deletion of browser hijackers, you should definitely read this article. We suggest doing so also if you want to know why you need to remove this browser hijacker.
What does Hightsearch.com do?
Hightsearch.com is a part of a browser hijacker infection, so there is no doubt that it will appear on your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox one day if this threat enters your system. Researchers are sure that this hijacker usually appears on computers that belong to users living in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom; however, the situation might quickly change, so all users have to be cautious. If Hightsearch.com browser hijacker has managed to enter your system, hurry to remove it because the longer you keep it there, the greater harm it might inflict on your system. Talking more specifically, Hightsearch.com might provide users with ads and the so-called modified search results because it uses the Google Custom search engine. Yes, this search engine is based on Google; however, it can still be modified and adapted to the users’ needs, which means that companies might use it for advertising purposes as well. Advertisements that will be provided for you should not cause harm; however, there is a small possibility that they will take you to third-party websites containing links leading to untrustworthy websites. Therefore, it would be smart to remove this search engine. You should also do that because Hightsearch.com might violate your privacy during the time as well. Yes, it has been found that this search engine might record personal details about you. Of course, it is interested in your activities on the web and your preferences as well, so it will record the so-called non-personally identifiable information too.
It was clear for our researchers from the beginning that Hightsearch.com is not the most trustworthy search engine. It is because it is very similar to such questionable websites as bizinik.com, restarting.site, onliner.site, and bodyhead.biz (they are all hosted on the same server), which do not seem to be reliable. If you do not want to see any of these websites in the place of your homepage and search engine one day, you should not forget to install security software on your computer. We suggest that you be very careful with free applications that can be downloaded from the web as well.
Where does Hightsearch.com come from?
Users do not set Hightsearch.com as their homepages and search engines willingly in most cases, so there is no doubt that this hijacker enters systems without permission. Researchers working at anti-spyware-101.com have checked this search engine and now are sure that it travels bundled with freeware and shareware mainly. Always read all the information provided in installation windows in order to know exactly what programs are going to be installed on your computer. Secondly, you should always download software from trustworthy websites only. Finally, install security software and enable it to protect your PC from harm.
How to delete Hightsearch.com
Hightsearch.com does not apply many changes if compared to other browser hijackers, so it is very likely that it will disappear after you reset your browsers one by one. If it is your first time, you might need some help, so we have provided the manual removal instructions for you. You can find them placed below this article. Less experienced users might still find it difficult to delete Hightsearch.com from browsers. If you are one of them and feel that instructions do not help you at all, scan your system with a reliable antimalware scanner, e.g. SpyHunter. The only thing that you will have to do is to launch the scanner.
- Open your browser.
- Tap Alt+F and click Settings.
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
- Click Reset settings.
- Click Reset.
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