What is Minehp.com?

If you think that Minehp.com is a safe and reliable search engine, then you are in for an unpleasant surprise because our malware researchers have found it to be malicious and recommended that you remove it. They say that its secretive developers have made arrangements to include it in software bundles that inject it into your browser during installation. If you get it on your PC, then you should know that it was created for generating income and nothing more. Its main page features advertisements of questionable legitimacy, and its search results are also suspect because they can feature promotional links that can redirect you to shady and even malicious websites. In this article, we present you with information regarding its distribution, functionality, and deletion, so if you have it on your browser, we invite you to continue reading.test

Where does Minehp.com come from?

Minehp.com comes from a shady background, and this is evident because the footnote at the bottom of its main page says “Copyright © 2016 Companyname.All Rights Reserved.” The creators insult the intelligence of users because they expect them to use it no matter what legal and other information if officially provides. So there is no doubt that this search engine comes from an untrustworthy creator, now let us see how it is distributed.

Our malware analysts have concluded that this particular browser hijacker is distributed via malicious software bundles. It appears that its creators have arranged it to be bundled with other software and installed secretly. The installers were set to inject it into your web browser without your knowledge or consent. These bundles are no way easy to find, but that is the whole point. Websites that feature them are not widely known and are usually promoted by similar browser hijackers and adware. Thus, if you got Minehp.com but do not know how it happened, we suggest taking a look at that kind of software you have installed before the hijacking.

What does Minehp.com do?

Truth be told, you can use Minehp.com just like any other search engine and it will bring satisfactory results because it redirects all search queries to Yahoo.com. Therefore, if you use it then you will essentially use Yahoo, but the problem is that its search results are bound to be modified and altered to include additional promotional links that promote websites of unknown origin and legitimacy. A brief look at Minehp.com’s main page is enough to tell that it is all about advertising. It is littered with promotional links and ads. While most of the promoted links are legitimate, the ads that come in the form of coupons and banners are certainly not. At the time the research, this hijacker promoted potentially unwanted programs such as PC Purifier and Reimage, programs that are useless but costs a pretty penny.

Another aspect of particular importance is this hijacker’s information collection activities. Our researchers have taken a look at its supposedly legitimate collection of information stated in its Privacy Policy. This policy reads “When you use Minehp’s services, the server will automatically record certain information, including URL, IP address, type of browser, language used, and the date and time of visit, etc.” It appears that it officially collects non-personally identifiable information to “provide you with better services” which will probably also include showing you all kinds of shady personalized ads. Therefore, you should refrain from using this hijacker and consider getting rid of it.

How do I remove Minehp.com?

As you can see, Minehp.com is one malicious search engine that can jeopardize your computer’s security with its untrustworthy promotional links and ads. Therefore, we invite you to make use of the removal guide featured below and replace your browser’s homepage address with a new one because there is no guarantee that this hijacker will present you with safe-to-click search results.

Replace the homepage

Google Chrome

  1. Lunch the browser.
  2. Hold down Alt+F.
  3. Find the On Startup list and select Set pages.
  4. Change the homepage address and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Lunch the browser.
  2. Hold down Alt+T and click Options.
  3. Change the homepage address.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Lunch the browser.
  2. Hold down Alt+T and click Internet Options.
  3. Change the homepage address.
  4. Click OK.
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