What is Searchatomic.com?
There are thousands of unreliable search tools that were created to scam computer users, and the suspicious Searchatomic.com is likely to be unreliable as well. This tool – which is identical to the infamous Exciterewards.com – currently does not work as a search provider, but that does not stop it from performing in a potentially malicious manner. If you have decided to replace your usual homepage tool yourself, it might come as a surprise that this search provider is unreliable and possibly malicious. However, if your homepage on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers was changed without your knowledge, you should have no doubts about the removal of Searchatomic.com. Of course, if it was installed without permission, you need to identify it as a browser hijacker, and this kind of malware does not deserve to be on your PC.
How does Searchatomic.com work?
Although Searchatomic.com does not function as a normal search provider – at least not at this moment – it has other functions. For one, it installs tracking cookies to collect data about your virtual activity. As Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers have noted, malicious programs often collect this data to sell it to other unreliable parties. If that was not enough, this hijacker allows third parties to install their own tracking cookies as well! Since we do not know anything about these third parties, we need to consider the risk that their cookies will be used in a malicious way. For example, they could be used to collect highly personal and sensitive information. What if malicious parties working with Searchatomic.com could steal your login information and hijack your virtual accounts? Although this is just a possibility, we cannot deny it, considering that the parties injecting these cookies are unknown.
Even if Searchatomic.com starts working as a normal search provider, it is unlikely that you will be shown useful or reliable links. As a matter of fact, it is more likely that you will be exposed to sponsored links and hidden ads. Besides being annoying, this search tool could also be dangerous, depending on the ads it represents. If you interacted with misleading offers and advertisements, you could be exposed to phishing scams and installers hiding malware. This is the main reason why you should not interact with the ads injected via or by Searchatomic.com.
How to remove Searchatomic.com
All browser hijackers require removal, especially those that might expose you to unreliable content and let unfamiliar parties to spy on you. Searchatomic.com is that kind of a hijacker, and you need to get rid of it as soon as possible. If you are not sure how to clean your browsers from this infection, use the instructions below. If other malicious programs came along with this infection, it is essential that you erase them as well. Use a trustworthy antimalware tool to delete Searchatomic.com and all other infections that could have slithered into your operating system. Do you have other questions about malware on your PC? Post them in the comment box below, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
- Tap Alt+T and select Internet options.
- Click the General tab, edit the Home Page URL, and click OK.
- Tap Alt+T and select Options.
- Move to the General menu and edit the Home Page URL.
- Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
- Move to On Startup and mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
- Edit the URL of the unwanted start page and click OK.
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