What is Search.searchlwa.com?
Search.searchlwa.com is a newly emerged questionable search engine that can show up in the major browsers due to the promotion of a browser hijacker. This means that if you find this search engine as your home page, new tab page, and default search engine, your computer may have been infiltrated by a browser hijacker without your noticing it. Since the time this unreliable search engine page has emerged on the web, it has already changed outlook at least once. It used to have a fake toolbar with local weather-related quick links, but now it seems that the toolbar is gone and instead, there are a few links below the search box. In any case, this browser hijacker is capable of displaying you unsafe third-party content through the affiliated third-party websites and even the search results. If you want to protect your computer, you should not go near this hijacker. As a matter of fact, our malware specialists at Anti-Spyware-101.com suggest that you delete Search.searchlwa.com as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this may not restore your computer to a fully clean and secure state due to the possibility that there are other malware threats eating at your system. Please read our full report to find out the potential risks and how you can protect your PC more effectively.
Where does Search.searchlwa.com come from?
If you want to have a tool in your browsers that enables you to quickly access local weather information, you might end up on latestweatheralerts.com while running a web search or this topic. This is the official website that promotes this browser hijacker. Although on this page you can still see that you are offered a toolbar with quick link buttons, in reality this is gone now. Our researchers say that it is not very likely that this is the main conduit for this browser hijacker through which it would appear on most computers. As a matter of fact, this browser extension can also be found traveling bundled.
Bundling is a frequently used method by cyber criminals to spread infections all over the world or even to target certain regions. That is why it has become a questionable distribution method. And this is why you need to be extra careful every time you install a software package even if you download it from official vendors. Reading every step of the installation process can help you identify what kind of additional tools and changes will be installed. If you do not want those, you can usually opt out in time or simply cancel the whole process if there is no other way. This is what a lot of users skip and end up with a whole bunch of malware threats on board. In order to avoid such malicious packages, you should not visit unfamiliar and suspicious file-sharing websites, such as shareware and torrent sites, or any questionable site that hosts an annoying number of third-party ads. If you are in doubt how this browser hijacker may have entered your computer, you should not think twice to check your system for other threats right after you remove Search.searchlwa.com.
What does Search.searchlwa.com do?
This unreliable search engine offers you web searching ability by the three most popular search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing) of which you can choose. As we have mentioned, below the search box you can find some links to local weather-related websites, but we do not recommend that you click on these. As a matter of fact, it is possible that this hijacker injects its affiliated third parties’ advertisements into those pages and thus exposes you to potentially unreliable web content. What’s more, this hijacker may also put you in danger by showing you possibly modified search results. Do not get misled by thinking that you land on a reputable and reliable search engine’s results page. This hijacker has the capability to alter those results and present to you third-party ads and links. However, these third parties are not always trustworthy companies. It is possible that they are downright criminals attempting to take you to their malicious websites. The only purpose behind their endeavor is, of course, extorting money from you in all kinds of ways. If you see the danger in this, you should not wait any longer. In order to avoid the possible unfortunate consequences, we advise you to remove Search.searchlwa.com immediately.
How can I delete Search.searchlwa.com?
Since this browser hijacker may change a few different settings in your browser, we believe that the easiest and quickest way to undo these is to reset your browsers. You may not know how to do this exactly; therefore, we have prepared instructions for you to help with every step even if you are an inexperienced computer user. If you do not want to go through the nightmare malware infections can cause you and your computer, you should be more careful to protect your virtual realm. For example, do not visit unfamiliar or suspicious websites, do not open random e-mails coming from unknown senders, and do not click on third-party ads. Also, keep all your programs and drivers always up-to-date.
Remove Search.searchlwa.com from your browsers
- Press Alt+T and select Internet Options.
- Choose the Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Mark Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- Click Close.
- Press Alt+F and select Settings.
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down and click Reset settings.
- Press Reset.
- Press Alt+H and open Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox at the top.
- In the confirmation window, press Refresh Firefox.
- Press Finish.
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