What is Search.searchdcnow.com?
You should not trust the browser hijacker that goes by the name Search.searchdcnow.com. This unreliable search provider is associated with the “Download Converter Now” add-on, and both of these pieces of software were created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. When you install the extension, you might hope for all kinds of beneficial services, but the reality is that this extension was created for one single thing, which is to modify your browser’s homepage. Although the hijacker provides you with access to cloudconvert.com, where you can convert your documents to the PDF file format, and vice versa, you should not consider it a beneficial and reliable tool. Access to the CloudConvert website is not restricted, which means that you do not actually need an extension or a suspicious search provider to reach it. Of course, this is not the main reason Anti-Spyware-101.com malware researchers recommend removing Search.searchdcnow.com. To learn more about it, you need to keep reading.
How does Search.searchdcnow.com work?
Search.searchdcnow.com is a clone of Search.searchdconvertnow.com (they even share the same add-on), and it is also very similar to Search.searchmpct.com, Search.searchfpdfc.com, and hundreds of other Polarity Technologies Ltd hijackers. Although these infections are usually promoting links to different websites, all of them share the feature of exploiting popular search providers. In the center of the interface of every single hijacker you can find a search dialog box. If you enter keywords into it, you are immediately redirected to a third-party search engine. Search.searchdcnow.com – just like most other hijackers in the family – redirects to Yahoo Search, and this is not a good thing. Although this search provider is generally deemed trustworthy, the hijacker could modify the results represented via it to showcase sponsored content. Although the advertisements shown to you might be harmless, you cannot be 100% sure about that because you are dealing with a suspicious hijacker. Needless to say, if you enjoy Yahoo Search services, you should delete the hijacker and employ the preferred search tool instead.
It is already clear that Search.searchdcnow.com does not actually offer beneficial services. On top of that, the search tool it promotes is not trustworthy either. That is not all. It appears that any interaction with the hijacker could be dangerous as it could record and leak information about you. While many virtual services use data-trackers to record information, and they even share it with third parties, the hijacker can record and leak private information, which is not very common. Considering that this threat is truly suspicious, trusting it with your personal information is not a good idea. In the worst case scenario, data that identifies you personally could be shared with malicious parties capable of using it for malicious scams. Of course, you could remove Search.searchdcnow.com-related cookies to ensure that data-tracking is stopped, but we advise eliminating this hijacker altogether because it is not that great or useful. If you want to discuss this further, post a comment below.
How to delete Search.searchdcnow.com
Whether or not you choose to eliminate Search.searchdcnow.com from your operating system, you have to scan it using a legitimate malware scanner. Although the add-on linked to the hijacker can be downloaded from downloadconverternow.com, it is more likely to come packaged with other potentially unreliable and malicious programs. If you scan your operating system, you will know if malware exists. If it does, we advise using anti-malware software to ensure quick and full removal of all threats. If the scanner only finds the hijacker, or if it detects other threats that you are capable of eliminating yourself, you can think about manual removal. The instructions below show how to erase the hijacker from browsers, and, as you can see, you only need to erase the unwanted URL. If the infection remains active after you modify the homepage URL, it is possible that you need to eliminate other malicious components. If you are having problems, remember that you can communicate with us via the comments section below.
- Launch Firefox and tap keys Alt+T.
- In the Tools menu click Options.
- Navigate to the General menu.
- Overwrite the URL representing the hijacker.
- Restart the browser.
- Launch IE and tap keys Alt+T.
- In the Tools menu select Internet options.
- Click the General tab.
- Move to Home page and overwrite the URL.
- Click OK and then restart the browser.
- Launch Chrome and tap keys Alt+F.
- Select Settings and then find the On Startup menu.
- Select Open a specific page or set of pages.
- Click Set pages and then overwrite the URL.
- Click OK and then restart the browser.
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