What is Search.search101sweets.com?
Search.search101sweets.com is a browser hijacker that will look like a legitimate search engine. This program will monitor your online activity in order to earn money for its creators. It is clear that you did not intend to have this program on your computer, and so you have to remove Search.search101sweets.com right now. Please scroll down to the bottom of this article for the manual removal instructions. Keep in mind that restoring your browser settings may not be enough to protect your computer from harm, so you need to take other measures to be that similar intruders do not enter your system again.
Where does Search.search101sweets.com come from?
It might be hard to pinpoint one exact distribution source. The official website for the hijacker is located at 101sweet.com. This website deals with various recipes, and it says that by checking each recipe you find on the site, you can “make your world a sweeter place.” In other words, the website provides a number of dessert recipes, including baked goods, candy desserts, cakes, custards & puddings, pies & cobblers, frozen treats, and others.
How come such a site has a browser hijacker? Perhaps it comes with an extension that should help you access the site or a particular recipe straight on your browser or in a pop-up. Also, we believe that for the most part users do not install this browser hijacker willingly. Judging from what we found on the program’s official website, Search.search101sweets.com should be associated with the Mindspark family of potentially unwanted and dangerous software.
We have dealt with Mindspark toolbars and other adware applications many times before, and we can surely say they cannot be trusted. Such programs are extremely vulnerable to third-party exploitations, and if they get misused by cyber criminals it might as well lead to a malicious infection.
What does Search.search101sweets.com do?
Getting infected with a browser hijacker is no joke in itself, too. You must have downloaded this program accidentally with third-party freeware installers. That is why we have to say a word of advice regarding computer security and safe download practices: Please stay away from unfamiliar websites that offer freeware. If these are full of random pop-ups and a ton of download buttons, it only proves that the hosting website is not safe, and you might download a number of potentially unwanted applications along with the program you intend to download.
Once this browser hijacker is installed on your computer, you will see that your default homepage and default search engine get modified without your permission. The program affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Thus, no matter which browser you use, there is a chance you might be affected by this infection.
For one, some users may think that Search.search101sweets.com provides them with relevant search results that can be trusted. In a way, you could trust whatever the results this hijacker shows you because they are generated via the Yahoo! Search engine. The program makes use of the popular search provider to collect results for your queries because it does not have an original search service.
However, the question is why you should use Search.search101sweets.com when you can go straight to a search giant you prefer? Not to mention, the browser hijacker may also expose you to customized search results that might redirect you to unfamiliar websites, and, in the worst case, you could definitely get infected with malware or get your personal information stolen. Do not take this infection lightly. Browser hijackers may not be severe computer threats on their own, but they could easily be used as malware distributors by malevolent third parties.
How do I remove Search.search101sweets.com?
This browser hijacker does not have an entry in the list of installed applications. This means that you cannot delete it via Control Panel. To restore your browser settings, you will have to reset them to default. The instructions on how to do that are presented below the description, although you should also keep in mind that you should scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner because it is very likely that you have many other unwanted applications on-board.
Browser hijackers and adware apps often come in packages, so it is always a good idea to perform regular systems scans to check the actual security status of your computer. Prevention is important if you want to avoid severe security issues.
Manual Search.search101sweets.com Removal
- Press Alt+F and click Internet options.
- Open the Advanced tab and press Reset.
- Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- Press Close.
- Press Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting information.
- Click Refresh Firefox at the top right corner of your page.
- Click Refresh Firefox on the confirmation box.
- Press Finish once the reset is complete.
- Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
- Scroll down to the bottom and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down again press the Reset settings buttons.
- Click Reset.
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