What is Search.chedot.com?
Search.chedot.com is yet another search engine that our malware researchers have classified as a browser hijacker. Thus, we advocate for its removal, because it is set to change your browser’s default homepage without notifying or giving you a choice in the matter. Our researchers have concluded that this browser hijacker is configured to display modified search results that can be unreliable. We are of the opinion that the entities Search.chedot.com promotes can be unreliable as this hijacker’s developers are only interested in making money from advertising. We have more detailed information regarding this browser hijacker, so if your system has become infected with it, then we invite you to continue reading.
Where does Search.chedot.com come from?
Search.chedot.com is best known for being bundled with its dedicated web browser called Chedot that our researchers have categorized as a potentially unwanted program. Nevertheless, this search engine/browser hijacker has escaped the confines of its dedicated web browser and is now free to infect Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer which leads us to believe that it is now distributed using malicious software bundles. Note that Search.chedot.com containing bundles are distributed mostly in Russia and Egypt, but you can encounter them in other regions as well. Such bundles are set to inject this hijacker into the browser without asking the users for their approval that is undesirable to say the least. However, this is how hijacker opens your computer up to potential threats, so let us discuss this in greater detail.
What does Search.chedot.com do?
At first glance, Search.chedot.com looks like a unique search engine, but the reality is very different. This hijacker processes all of its searches through Google.com, so, in essence, you are suing Google.com with a facelift. Nevertheless, Search.chedot.com suffers from various problems that make it completely untrustworthy. Its developers at Guerrilla Programming have programmed this hijacker to connect to a remote server that is set to inject the search results with promotional links. The developers get paid for this, so it is in their interest to make sure that you click on an advertisement.
Therefore, Search.chedot.com is known to gather various kinds of information about its users, but the most relevant information is your geographical location, browsing and search history. This information is used to tailor the ads according to your region and personal interests. Other kinds of information, such as your browser type and PC specifications are used for statistical purposes. Whatever the reasons for collecting this information are, you should not give it away to an unreliable company specializing in the development of malicious search engines. So we suggest that you get rid of it as soon as you can.
How do I remove Search.chedot.com?
Search.chedot.com should be relatively easy to remove because it does not hijack the browser’s Target line or have a browser extension that would reset the homepage upon restarting the browser. Getting rid of the bundled version of Search.chedot.com boils down to resetting your browser’s settings to default, but if it comes with the Chedot browser, then you should uninstall the software in its entirety.
Search.chedot.com removal instructions
- Press Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- When the dialog box appears, click Refresh Firefox again.
- Press Alt+F and select Settings.
- Then, go to Show advanced settings.
- Click Reset settings.
- When the dialog box appears, click Reset.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
- Open the Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Mark the checkbox.
- Click Reset.
- Click Close.
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