What is Search.searchwfaa.com?
According to our malware analysts, Search.searchwfaa.com is a newly released browser hijacker that is distributed through malicious software installers. The installers were configured to inject this hijacker into your browser secretly and you should remove it because of that. It is set to replace the browser’s homepage address and compel you to use it as a regular search engine. We recommend that you replace it because its search results are bound to feature links to questionable websites and it can gather anonymous information about you automatically to personalize the advertising campaign. In short, this fake search engine has nothing of value to offer.
Where does Search.searchwfaa.com come from?
As far as its distribution channels are concerned, researchers have found that Search.searchwfaa.com is distributed using malicious software bundles. These bundles include more than a few applications, and some of them can be hidden and installed secretly. Research has revealed that this is likely the case with this hijacker as it is installed secretly and you cannot deselect it when you configure the installation wizard of the bundle. You can encounter such malicious bundles on questionable freeware distributing websites, particularly those that make money from bundling freeware with third-party programs.
What does Search.searchwfaa.com do?
Our malware analysts have concluded that this browser hijacker does not have an accompanying browser extension, so it relies on the bundled installer to inject it into your browser. As mentioned, the hijacking takes place in a clandestine manner, and you will notice that Search.searchwfaa.com has replaced your original homepage the next time you launch your browser.
Search.searchwfaa.com looks like an ordinary search engine and can be used as one but only because it redirects all search queries to a custom Yahoo search engine. So you are essentially forced to use Yahoo, but the problem is that its search results can contain links to malicious websites that can compromise your computer’s security. These links are included in the regular search results and may deceive you into clicking it.
How do I remove Search.searchwfaa.com?
Even though Search.searchwfaa.com is a browser hijacker, getting rid of it is rather easy. All you have to go to your web browser’s settings menu and replace the homepage address with your preferred address. You can use the removal guide below to do that. As you can see, this fake search engine is highly unreliable and can subject your computer to all kinds of malicious content, and it will collect information about you to personalize and customize it all in the name of making more money.
Change your browser’s homepage address
Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Hold down Alt+T.
- Select Internet Options.
- Enter a new URL in the address line.
- Click OK.
- Hold down Alt+T.
- Click Options and select General.
- Enter a new URL in the Home Page box.
- Hold down Alt+F.
- Select Settings.
- Click Set pages and enter a new URL.
- Click OK.
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