What is Search.searchfreedm.com?
Polarity Technologies Ltd. has developed a new product Search.searchfreedm.com recently. It shares similarities with the company’s older search tools, e.g. search.searchliveson.com and search.yourclassifiedscenter.com, but, unlike them, it, evidently, targets those people who travel a lot because buttons leading to geico.com (allows users to find the cheapest gas prices near them), Google Maps, and Bing Maps are available at the top of the page. They allow users to access these websites quickly. Unfortunately, it is the only useful feature of Search.searchfreedm.com. Yes, it has a search box in the middle of the page, but the search results it shows to users cannot be trusted fully. It seems that Search.searchfreedm.com only generates money for its creator through online advertising. As a consequence, users might be exposed to the commercial content if they use this page to perform searches on the web. Find out why it is not recommended to keep and use it as a default search provider by reading the following paragraphs. We are sure the knowledge you get will help you to make a right decision.
What does Search.searchfreedm.com do?
Search.searchfreedm.com changes all web browsers’ settings. More specifically, it hijacks homepages on all browsers, except Edge. As a consequence, it has been categorized as a browser hijacker. Of course, the majority of users do not suspect that Search.searchfreedm.com is not a decent search provider because it has all the features of an ordinary search tool. More experienced people find out that this search tool displays commercial ads for users quickly. Ads are usually shown on the search results page even though this website is powered by Yahoo!, which is known to be a reputable search provider. We can assure you that this reputable search engine has nothing do to with these ads. Search.searchfreedm.com has been made in such a way that it could insert ads on the search results page. Clicks on these commercials generate the pay-per-click revenue for its creator, so the more users click on them, the better. Even though users do the main job by clicking on ads and visiting third-party websites, the advertising revenue is not shared with them. Instead, they might be redirected to pages which are kept active by cyber criminals just to distribute malicious software and, consequently, end up with dangerous applications inside their PCs. Of course, Search.searchfreedm.com takes no responsibility for security-related problems which might arise by visiting those pages even though it redirects users there itself.
Where does Search.searchfreedm.com come from?
It is unclear which programs travel together with Search.searchfreedm.com, but specialists have no doubts that it is spread bundled with suspicious software or freeware. Users find those unwanted free programs useless, but they should not cause harm to them. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about suspicious software which could have already entered the system next to Search.searchfreedm.com. It is always a bad idea to keep potentially harmless applications, so do not leave them inside your PC by any means too.
How do I remove Search.searchfreedm.com?
The commercial content will not stop being delivered to you unless you delete Search.searchfreedm.com from your web browsers, so security experts working at anti-spyware-101.com suggest going to get rid of it as soon as possible. The manual removal guide you can find below should help you, but if it happens that undesirable URL does not disappear from browsers, scan your PC with SpyHunter without consideration. This automatic malware remover will delete all other infections you might not even know you have too.
Delete Search.searchfreedm.com from all browsers
- Press Win+R, type regedit, and click OK.
- Open the registry key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- Right-click on the Start Page value located there and select Modify.
- Replace the existing Value data with the website you like, e.g. http://www.google.com and click OK.
- Open the Windows Explorer.
- Open %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles and locate a folder which has a name of random symbols.
- Find the prefs.js file in it and open it with Notepad or a similar application.
- Delete the line user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://search.searchfreedm.com from this file.
- Save the changes.
- Launch the Windows Explorer and go straight to %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
- Delete Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files from this directory.
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