What is SearchesSpace.com?
SearchesSpace.com is a new browser hijacker belonging to the wide ELEX family. It has fallen into this category not only because it is based on the same template as other hijackers from this family, but also because it tends to show up on users’ Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers without permission. We have to upset you by saying that there is no doubt that this browser hijacker has entered your computer if SearchesSpace.com is launched for you each time you open your default browser. Unlike other browser hijackers our specialists have analyzed, it does not replace default search providers or New Tab URLs. It only sets itself as a homepage. There are users who notice that their preferred homepages are gone, but there are also users who do not pay much attention to a new website they see. Most likely, you belong to the first group of people if you are reading this article. Specialists at anti-spyware-101.com only have one piece of advice for those users – they say that this page should be replaced with a legitimate search provider because, although it pretends to be a trustworthy search engine, it will not improve the web searching experience in any way. Actually, it might be the opposite – it might be harder to find the relevant information on the web due to modified search results SearchesSpace.com presents users with.
What does SearchesSpace.com do?
Without a doubt, users do not set SearchesSpace.com on their browsers voluntarily. Instead, they find the undesirable changes applied on their browsers without their permission. Not all the users immediately go to get rid of it because SearchesSpace.com does not look dangerous at first glance. Of course, this search tool is not as dangerous as Trojans, ransomware, or other malicious applications, but it has its own drawbacks which make it an untrustworthy search tool, so do not keep it set just because it allows you to perform web searches under categories Web, Images, Videos, and News. As you already know, one of the problems of this search tool is that it changes browsers’ settings without the users’ knowledge. Second, research has shown that not all the search results it provides users with can be trusted because some of them are modified, i.e. they appear to users for promotional purposes mainly. You cannot know what waits for you on those websites they redirect to, which suggests that you might land on a website with undesirable software too. Some of these websites might be threats to your privacy too because they try to steal information about users so that they could sell it and thus get money.
Where does SearchesSpace.com come from?
If you have read the second paragraph of this article, you should know that users usually do not set SearchesSpace.com as their homepages willingly. In most cases, they cannot even explain why they see it. This has shown our researchers that there must be a different way how this browser hijacker is spread. Research has revealed that this hijacker, just like other ELEX browser hijackers, is usually distributed through bundled malicious installers. Other distribution methods might be employed too, but it is the one used the most commonly.
How to remove SearchesSpace.com
This browser hijacker is NOT a harmful threat that is impossible to remove. You will no longer see it if you replace it with a new homepage. If you have problems finding your browser’s settings panel, use our manual removal instructions and reset your browsers to their default settings – it is a quicker process. Once you are done with this dubious search tool, scan your computer with an automatic scanner to delete the remaining active malicious software from your system.
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Press Alt+T and click Internet Options.
- Click on the Advanced tab to open it.
- Click Reset.
- Put a tick in the Delete personal settings checkbox.
- Click Reset in the confirmation window.
- Launch your Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Press Alt+H to open the Help menu.
- Click Troubleshooting information.
- Click Refresh Firefox at the top.
- Click on this button once again.
- Open your web browser.
- Tap Alt+F and click Settings.
- At the bottom of the page, click on the Show advanced settings hyperlink.
- Click Reset settings.
- Click Reset.
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