What is Search.searchcoun.com?
Search.searchcoun.com is a questionable search page that may appear in your browsers when a browser hijacker lands on your computer. It is also possible that this happens without your permission, which is a clear example of a privacy breach. However, when it comes to browser hijackers, according to our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com, most of the time it is the unsuspecting computer user who actually lets them on board. It is possible that you are installing a freeware bundle and you are offered checkboxes to untick if you do not want certain changes to your browsers, such as setting a new home page and new tab page. It is easy to overlook this step and that is how people usually infect their computers with browser hijackers among other malware threats. You need to know that you cannot trust this search page or any of its content. This hijacker may expose you to potentially unsafe websites and third-party ads. That is why we believe that you should delete Search.searchcoun.com if your virtual security is your priority. Please read our article to learn more about the risks this hijacker may hold for you and your PC as well as how you can avoid similar attacks.
Where does Search.searchcoun.com come from?
Research shows that this hijacker mainly targets the USA and the United Kingdom. However, since this infection seems to be mostly distributed by adware programs, including SwiftSearch, TermTrident, and InteliTerm, it is possible that you can install it anywhere around the world. In this case, there has to be at least one of these adware programs active on your computer. This adware can display potentially harmful advertisements while you are browsing the web. If you click on an infected pop-up, you may end up with this browser hijacker installed, not to mention the possibility that you may drop other infections onto your system as well. Therefore, you need to be very careful with clicking on advertisements. If there is an adware application on board, you cannot even feel safe when you are viewing otherwise reputable websites because the third-party ads there can also be hijacked and infected by this malware.
This search page is promoted as a software product called Coupon Unity through a website at couponunity.com. It becomes obvious from this page that this tool is created for you to gain easy access to websites associated with coupons. We must tell you that it is totally unnecessary to have such a questionable application in your browsers when you can simply use the built-in bookmarks to save such pages and access them with one single click. It is quite suspicious, though, that you do not seem to be able to download this product from this website. Instead, it is available officially through the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/coupon-unity/ldbnlchkmhdapcidopbohenjhnlecgkl). It does not seem to be a popular download because the statistics here show less than 10,000 installations. Since it is more likely that you download this browser hijacker through pop-up ads generated by adware programs, we advise you to remove Search.searchcoun.com and check your computer for other malware infections. The longer you keep such threats on board, the more you may be exposed to cyber criminals and their vicious tricks.
How does Search.searchcoun.com work?
According to our researchers, this questionable search page is a clone of Search.youremailnow.com, Search.yourclassifiedscenter.com, and Search.yourinterestscenter.com among others. These are all browser hijackers that are well-known to our experts. If any of these have found a way to your computer, you should not hesitate to act. Once this browser hijacker sneaks on board, it changes your home page and new tab page settings to Search.searchcoun.com in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox; however, Home.searchcoun.com is set in Google Chrome. This hijacker offers you a search engine as well as different easy-access links. On its pseudo toolbar, you can find access to websites associated with coupons, and below the main search box you can also find a number of thumbnails leading to popular websites, including Facebook, Best Buy, and Walmart. However, it is possible that these will not even take you to the displayed site, but, instead, you will land on a possibly altered Yahoo search page. You should not use this search page for searching the web either. As a matter of fact, our researchers have found that this hijacker may redirect you to a manipulated Yahoo results page where you may be introduced to potentially harmful affiliated third-party ads and links. If you click on such content, you may be taken to malicious websites. If you do not want to have first-hand experience with cyber criminals and their online scams, we recommend that your remove Search.searchcoun.com right now.
How can I delete Search.searchcoun.com?
It is time for us to talk about solutions as well. In order to eliminate this threat source, there are two stages you need to go through. First, you need to activate the uninstaller of this program, which will only remove the extension and changes from Internet Explorer. That is why there is a second stage, where you need to manually reset both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Please follow our instructions below if you need any assistance with these steps. Remember that if you want to make sure that your PC is clean and safe, you should detect and remove all potential threats. If you do not want to do this manually, you can choose to fight this malware invasion by using a reliable anti-malware application.
How to remove Search.searchcoun.com from Windows
- Click Start and open Control Panel.
- Access Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the application and press Remove.
Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Press the Windows button in the bottom-left corner and pick Control Panel.
- Choose Uninstall a program.
- Select the application and press Uninstall.
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Press Win+Q and type in Uninstall a program.
- Select the application and press Uninstall.
How to reset your browsers
- Press Alt+F and open Settings.
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down and click Reset settings.
- Press Reset.
- Tap Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- Click Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window.
- Click Finish.
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