What is Search.searchyea.com?
You may be led to believe that Search.searchyea.com is a safe and reliable search engine, but we are here to tell you that it is a browser hijacker. Hence, it is malicious so you ought to remove it from your browser as soon as you can, provided that it hijacked and replaced your browser’s homepage address. Our malware analysts say that this hijacker was configured to collect information about you and show personalized promotional links in the search results. However, the content promoted by those links can be malicious because there is no telling where the ads come from, and it is likely that they can come from malicious sources.
What does Search.searchyea.com do?
Search.searchyea.com may have been classified as a browser hijacker, but it is still a search engine, even though it is an undesirable one. You can use it as a regular search engine and its developers would very much like it if you do. It redirects all entered search queries to a custom Yahoo search engine, but it does not mean that the promotional links are safe to click. We take issue with the fact that this browser hijacker can promote shady websites that may turn out to be phishing or scam sites or websites that feature malware downloads. Therefore, using it is not recommended. And, forget about the toolbar at the top of its main page because it is just a gimmick to make it look like Search.searchyea.com is somehow useful.
Where does Search.searchyea.com come from?
Cyber security experts have determined that Search.searchyea.com is nearly identical to Search.youremailnow.com, Search.searchcounn.com, and Search.searchwfaa.com. They have also concluded that all of these browser hijackers were created Polarity Technologies Ltd, a company based in Limassol, Cyprus. This company is known as a malware developer, so security experts do not recommend using any of its products. Note that some of its developed hijackers are distributed in a browser extension that manages the hijacking process. However, this hijacker, in particular, is distributed without it.
According to our malware researchers, Search.searchyea.com is included in malicious bundled software installers that were set to inject it into your browser if you use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer. The reason searchers classified it as a browser hijacker is the fact that the installers it comes with do not give you the option to uncheck the installation of this particular hiajcker. As a result, it is installed automatically and, therefore, it is malicious by default.
How do I remove Search.searchyea.com?
If you do not want to use Search.searchyea.com, then the obvious solution is to remove it. Indeed, there is no reason to keep it because, as we have discussed in this article, its objective is to show you promotional links of unverified legitimacy and collect information to customize and personalize them. Please follow the instructions provided below on how to replace the homepage address for your browser.
Change the homepage manually
- Press Alt+F keys.
- Select Settings.
- Click Set pages and enter a new address.
- Click OK.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Press Alt+T keys.
- Select Internet Options.
- Enter a new URL in the home page address line.
- Click OK.
- Press Alt+T and click Options.
- Change the homepage URL.
- Exit the Options menu.
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