What is Search.pandaviewer.com?
Search.pandaviewer.com can most likely appear in your Google Chrome browser upon launch, i.e., as your homepage, if it has been installed by a potentially unwanted application called PandaViewer. Since this potentially unreliable search engine can change your browser settings, our malware experts at anti-spyware-101.com have categorized it as a browser hijacker. Due to the fact that this undesirable software that promotes this hijacker may be distributed in questionable ways, it is possible that a couple of malware threats also entered your system along with this infection. While this search engine page may look all innocent and reliable, you should know that it may gather information about you and may also expose you to potentially harmful third-party content. Engaging with such content could result in more serious threats on board or being scammed by crooks on fake websites. Therefore, we suggest that you take action as soon as possible and remove Search.pandaviewer.com from your browser.
Where does Search.pandaviewer.com come from?
As we have already mentioned, the most likely way for you to install this browser hijacker is to install its promoter, PandaViewer on your system. This questionable program, in fact, forces you to do so because otherwise you are not allowed to install it anyway. This is a very aggressive way to promote a service and we believe that any security-minded user would want to delete Search.pandaviewer.com just because of this kind of behavior. Nevertheless, it is possible that you do not even remember visiting its official page at pandaviewer.com and downloading this software.
This is what usually happens when you try to download free software from questionable sources like torrent and freeware pages. While there can be reliable and reputable file-sharing sites, cyber criminals also like to create their own fake sites to lure unsuspecting computer users onto them and infect them with malicious bundles. These bundles may or may not contain a working or legitimate free program, but they definitely pack a few potentially unwanted programs and malware infections, including adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, fake warnings, and more.
Hopefully, it is not a question anymore why we keep emphasizing that you should only use reputable pages for downloading software and updates. When you end up on an unfamiliar website, it is easier to click on corrupt third-party content than you may think; and, this click can easily result in your dropping a malware bomb onto your machine containing this browser hijacker among other threats. This is also why we recommend that after you delete Search.pandaviewer.com, you should find a reliable online malware scanner to be able to detect all other possible threat sources on your system.
How does Search.pandaviewer.com work?
When you are installing this hijacker, it modifies your Google Chrome browser to be your homepage. This way you can be introduced to potentially unreliable content every time you launch your browser and use this search engine. Of course, if you prefer to use other browsers, you may think that this threat is harmless to you, but let us remind you that this hijacker may have brought other malware infections on board that could be even more harmful to you no matter which browser you happen to use.
This browser hijacker forwards all your search keywords to a possibly modified Google search results page. The first question is, of course, why would you use a mediator at all when you can always use Google, which is one of the most reputable and reliable search engines in the world? The second question is, how can you trust the results if you know that this questionable search engine may manipulate them and inject potentially unreliable third-party ads and links among the original results? If you happen to click on content coming from unreliable sources, such as cyber criminals, you may be taken to fake websites run by crooks and you could be scammed and lose money from your bank accounts. If you do not wish to experience what might happen to you on malicious pages, we advise you to remove Search.pandaviewer.com as soon as possible.
How can I delete Search.pandaviewer.com?
Sometimes it is not necessarily enough to restore your homepage setting only or to remove an undesirable extension because leftovers may remain, let alone other browser-related infections, such as bad toolbars, browser hijackers, and ad-supported extensions. Therefore, we recommend that you reset your Google Chrome browser to make sure that no such threats remain on board. Please remember that this will also remove your preferences and extensions you have downloaded as your browser will be set to factory default. If you have never reset your browser before, please use our guide below to do it right. Keep in mind that for a healthy system you need to make sure that no infections remain on board. Therefore, we advise you to use a powerful, up-to-date anti-malware application (e.g., SpyHunter) that can automatically protect your PC from all known malicious attacks.
Remove Search.pandaviewer.com from your browser
- Tap Alt+F to access the menu.
- Navigate to Settings.
- At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down and click Reset settings.
- Click Reset in the confirmation window.
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