What is Search.searchwos.com?
Search.searchwos.com is a new search engine that comes from a notorious family of browser hijackers that includes identical infections, such as Search.yourtelevisioncenter.com, as well as other very similar ones, including Search.memethat.co and Search.yourweatherhub.com. This family has given birth to dozens of unreliable search engines that have the main characteristics in common. For example, this browser hijacker also travels mainly with other malware infections packed together, which clearly means multiple security threats in one go. Also, you may be introduced to unreliable contents through modified search results or unsafe third-party ads you could be presented with while using this search page and its functions. Our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com say that you should remove Search.searchwos.com before you create more system security-related issues for yourself and your computer as well. If you would like to know more about this browser hijacker and how you can defend your PC against similar threats, please continue reading.
Where does Search.searchwos.com come from?
Although we have found an official web page that is supposed to promote this hijacker, watchonlinestreams.com, it seems that this page is no longer available. The same is true for the Chrome web store link, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/watch-online-streams/mlpbjcjcpehmeenjdodjemcfemhokfkm, which also seems to be down. There is no doubt that this browser hijacker could have been busted and blocked. But even if these sources were available, there is little chance that users would find them and install this malware this way.
Our specialists found that it is more likely that you infect your system with this browser hijacker by clicking on unsafe third-party ads and links. This can happen in two ways. First, when your computer was formerly infected with adware, it is possible that you encounter an annoying flow of all kinds of third-party ads while you are surfing the net. Clicking on any of these ads could result in your installing this hijacker directly or even in downloading a whole malicious package of malware infections. If your computer is infected with a browser hijacker, you could also be exposed to questionable ads and links displayed through modified web search results.
Second, you could end up on questionable websites associated with file sharing and gaming, where you may click on suspicious content since these pages are filled with third-party ads. The worst about landing on such sites is that some of these ads could be rather deceiving and pose as download or other buttons, for example. The same is true here; if you click on the wrong content, you could drop a full bundle of malware threats that may include browser hijackers, adware infections, fake alerts, and potentially unwanted programs as well. This is why we say that if you find this infection in your browsers, you should use a reliable malware scanner to identify all possible threats right after you delete Search.searchwos.com.
How does Search.searchwos.com work?
This malware infection shows no new tricks. In fact, it works exactly as the other family members. It displays a fake toolbar at the top of your browser window that contains the usual search tool on the left and a number of quick-link buttons to its right. One button leads to a local weather forecast-related page that is indeed a mixture of a widget and several third-party ads that could redirect you to questionable sites. The other buttons lead to online TV-related sites, such as netflix.com. Practically, this search page does not give you anything extra since you can easily use your browsers’ bookmarking function if you want easy access to such sites. This hijacker also may spy on you and use this information to present to you customized content through its search results, which, by the way, are shown on a modified Yahoo page. This means that this malware infection may alter the results to include third-party ads and sponsored link that might be from questionable sources. If you click on any of these risky contents, you could infect your system with more malware programs or end up scammed by crooks who could steal your money as well as your virtual identity. We suggest that you act now and remove Search.searchwos.com from your system.
How can I delete Search.searchwos.com?
Our research shows that it is not enough to uninstall this threat via Control Panel because its uninstaller only removes this hijacker from Internet Explorer. Therefore, it is up to you how you move on from that point. You can manually delete the extensions from the remaining two affected browsers using our instructions below or you could install a trustworthy anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter or whichever you find good enough for you to automatically take care of all your system security-related issues. Keep this tool always up-to-date for best results.
Remove Search.searchwos.com from Windows
- Access the Start menu and choose Control Panel.
- Open Add or Remove Programs.
- Click on the application and click Remove.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Tap the Windows button on the Taskbar and select Control Panel.
- Access Uninstall a program.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Press Win+R and type in Control Panel. Click OK.
- Choose Uninstall a program.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
Remove Search.yourtelevisioncenter.com from browsers
- Press Alt+T and choose Add-ons.
- In the left panel, select Extensions.
- Click on the extension and click Remove.
- Press Alt+F and open More Tools.
- Choose Extensions.
- Click on the extension and click on the trash can icon on its right.
- Press Remove.
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