What is Searchjourney.net?
Searchjourney.net is a browser hijacker that will interrupt your web browsing sessions and will put an end to your safe web surfing. This program affects two of the major web browsers, and no one should tolerate such insolent behavior. In this article, we will tell you more about this infection, how it is possible to avoid browser hijackers, and what you should do to remove Searchjourney.net for good. The most important thing users have to understand is that they have to invest in computer security in order to avoid malicious infections. Cyber criminals are mostly aiming for the financial profit these days, and no one is 100% safe.
Where does Searchjourney.net come from?
This browser hijacker comes from the SuperWeb family of potentially unwanted programs. Previously, this group of applications was notorious for its adware programs because there were tons of them and all of them were practically identical. These days, however, SuperWeb is rearing its nasty head once more by developing and distributing browser hijackers. What’s more, it makes it look as though these programs are reliable by adding them to the official add-on stores of the appropriate browsers.
However, you might say that you did not add this search engine to your browser yourself, and you have no idea how it managed to get into your computer in the first place. That can be explained by taking a look at the potential distribution methods employed by browser hijackers. Just like most of the other borderline software, they get distributed via bundled downloads. In other words, users download third-party installers from freeware hosting websites, and they launch the installation willingly. Sometimes, it is possible to avoid installing unwanted applications if you go through the installation wizard step by step. However, skipping the steps as you guy would eventually result in having several unwanted applications on-board.
What does Searchjourney.net do?
When this browser hijacker enters your system, it will change your new tab settings and default search engine settings. Do not be surprised to find nt.searchjourney.net set as your new search engine. These settings will be modified on the Chrome and Firefox browsers. What’s more, the program has the cheek to present you with customized search engine results.
You see, the point is that this browser hijacker does not have an original search service. It employs Yahoo! Search for your search queries, and all the search results it displays are checked and monitored in order to figure out your likes and preferences. Needless to say, Yahoo! Search is not part of the Searchjourney.net getup, and the hijacker makes use of the services without anyone’s permission. What we are trying to say is that just because you see a familiar logo when you encounter your search results, it does not mean they are reliable.
In fact, some of the search results could redirect you to unfamiliar and potentially harmful websites, so you need to be sure that you prevent that from happening by deleting Searchjourney.net today. In the final part of this description, we will tell you why Searchjourney.net is more dangerous than you think, and how to remove it.
How do I remove Searchjourney.net?
Computer security experts can assure you that browser hijackers are not malicious by nature. They will not log your keystrokes or infect you with malware on purpose. Nevertheless, they can be exploited as malware distribution tools by third parties. Browser hijackers do not check whether the third-party content they promote is reliable or not. Hence, this allows cyber criminals to make use of Searchjourney.net if they want a free promotion space for their malicious programs.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to remove Searchjourney.net via Control Panel, but even so, it should not be too complicated to get rid of this program if you follow the instructions below carefully. Please note that after manual removal you should still scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. As mentioned, bundled programs travel in packs, so you are bound to have several unwanted applications on your computer. And when it comes to potentially unwanted programs, you definitely need to destroy them all.
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Manual Searchjourney.net Removal
- Press Alt+F and open More tools.
- Go to Extensions and delete Search Journey.
- Press Alt+T and go to Add-ons.
- Disable and remove SearchJourney NewTab from Extensions.
- Restart your browser.
- Press Win+R and the Run prompt will open.
- Type %LocalAppData% in the Open box. Click OK.
- Navigate to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions.
- Remove the hjbibgljoicfolbpfbjeflfiemiojcfo folder.
- Press Win+R and enter %ProgramFiles%. Click OK.
- Remove the Search Journey folder.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the %Programfiles(x86)% directory.
- Press Win+R again and type %AppData%. Click OK.
- Go to Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[USERPROFILE]\extensions.
- Delete the searchjourney.xpi file.
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