What is Searchengage.com?
Searchengage.com is a suspicious search engine that you should not actually engage with. This tool can alter certain browser settings once it finds a way to your computer. However, this “way” is not always legal. It is possible that this search engine sneaks onto your system without your noticing it. But that is not the worst thing this browser hijacker can go. Our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com have noticed that the search results this hijacker provides are not to be trusted. Since you may end up on questionable websites, you should not ever use this search engine. What’s worse, this hijacker may slither onto your machine together with other malicious software installers. This means multiple risks of exposure to cyber criminals and their scams. That is why we believe that you should remove Searchengage.com right now. Please read our full report if you would like to find out more about this malware infection and how you can avoid similar threats.
Where does Searchengage.com come from?
It is most likely that this browser hijacker enters your computer in a free software bundle. It is important to be aware of the fact that there are “good” and “bad” bundles. Obviously, the bad bundles can contain a number of malware threats. These can be most commonly browser hijackers, adware programs, Trojans, and potentially unwanted programs. Imagine letting such a lot onto your computer. Do you think these infections could cause some security issues? We certainly know so. That is why you should avoid questionable websites, such as torrent, shareware, dating and pornography-related pages. These sites host a lot of unsafe third-party advertisements. It is possible that you do not even know that you are clicking on an ad. You may think that it is a download or next-page button. But instead of the expected function, you will download an infectious bundle. If that ever happens to you, it is essential that you identify all malware threats by running a scanner. But in this case, you should delete Searchengage.com first before you go on a hunt for the other possible infections.
It is also possible to get this search engine by visiting the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-engage/aaehjjlljhmigellkdidoapcgkjblhoc. However, as far as the statics show, only a few hundred users have downloaded this tool through this channel. But just because you can find this search engine application in this store, it does not at all mean that it is fully trustworthy. In fact, there may be hundreds of potentially unreliable and harmful extensions in the web store that have not been reviewed yet by Chrome. Once they find out that a tool is even potentially harmful, it gets blocked right away. So this is most probably the fate of this browser hijacker in the not so distant future as well.
How does Searchengage.com work?
Our malware researchers say that this browser hijacker is not the first threat published by the same company. The same team has also come out with Trovi Search (trovi.com) and Search.Bitcro.com. This hijacker, although a free tool, can generate income for its creators by promoting affiliates through third-party advertisements and sponsored links that may be injected into modified search results. As a matter of fact, this search engine does not even use its own engine to provide you with results. Instead, it redirects all your queries to a manipulated Google.com search results page. This is rather misleading because the unsuspecting computer user would think that the content of such a page is reliable since it seems to come from Google. Please remember that you land on that page through this browser hijacker, which means that those results may be modified and contain potentially risky links. Since even cyber criminals can pose as third parties, clicking on their ads or links may easily take you to malicious websites. We do not think that you would like to allow more malware infections to enter your computer or that you would like to be scammed by crooks and lose money. That is why we suggest that you remove Searchengage.com right now and without a second thought.
How can I delete Searchengage.com?
Finally, we can tell you something positive. You will be glad to hear that it is not that complicated to eliminate this threat even if you are not an experienced computer user. Our researchers say that it is enough to reset all your browsers to make sure that no leftovers remain. Please remember that there may be other threats, too, that require your immediate attention and action. You may detect these manually and once identified, you could search our database for descriptions and solutions. However, if you prefer an automated solution, we recommend that you use a reliable anti-malware program that can also protect your system from future invasions.
Searchengage.com Removal from Browsers
- Tap Alt+H and access Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox and in the confirmation window click Refresh Firefox again.
- Press Finish.
- Tap Alt+T and open Internet Options.
- Click on the Advanced tab and click Reset.
- Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
- Press Close.
- Tap Alt+F and go to Settings.
- Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down and click Reset settings.
- Click Reset in the pop-up.
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