What is Wizesearch.com?

If your browser’s homepage has been changed to Wizesearch.com, then rest assured that your PC has been infected with a browser hijacker, and you should remove it. It only appears as if it is a legitimate search engine but the fact that it is distributed in a dishonest manner makes it an infection. Not only that, but it is set to redirect web traffic and subject you to promotional links of unverified legitimacy. It is part of a web monetization campaign, and its primary objective is to generate adverting revenue for its developers and their advertising partners. To find out more about this seemingly reliable yet malicious search engine, please read this whole article.testtest

Where does Wizesearch.com come from?

While gathering information about this hijacker, we concluded that it was developed by the same developers responsible for creating search.snapdo.com and Bazzsearch.com. The company that created all three of these browser hijackers is called Resoft Ltd. This company is based in New York City, New York, USA. This company is known for creating browser extensions for Google Chrome that injects the hijackers into the browser. This also holds true with Wizesearch.com because it comes with an extension called Wizesearch.

However, you cannot get this extension from the Chrome Web Store as it is being distributed using software bundles. We have received information that this extension is bundled with malicious software installers that do not give you the opportunity to deselect the installation of additional software. So if you do not have a powerful anti-malware program and like to get your software from shady freeware sharing websites, then this is how you got this browser hijacker.

What does Wizesearch.com do?

You might think that Wizesearch.com is legitimate dues to its minimalist design that includes a picture of an owl on its main page which looks really neat. However, it is not even a real search engine because it redirects all of the search queries to Yahoo.com. Yahoo is a legitimate search engine, but it is often used by browser hijacker developers because it offers a custom search option that allows them to customize the search results to include links that otherwise would not be included.

We are concerned that this hijacker’s developers can make arrangements with shady advertisers and force Wizesearch.com to promote illegitimate content that can pose a danger to your computer’s security. In the worst case scenario, this hijacker can redirect you to websites that feature malicious software downloads. So your computer can become infected with spyware, Trojans, ransomware, adware, and so on. Needless to say that the first line of defense is an antimalware program that can prevent the installation of such malware. So if your computer has become infected with this hijacker, then we suggest that you scan it because there is no way of knowing whether it has not opened the floodgates to more malicious software.

We would also like to point out that this hijacker as been configured to collect information about you that, according to its privacy policy, includes "type of browser, the type of the user's device and technical information pertaining to the user's device, language preferences, time stamps, clicks and visited pages, search logs, the operating system, utilized internet service provider and other similar information.” This information is allegedly used for all kinds of “noble” purposes such as “To improve and enhance our Service and recommend content based on your preferences,” “To detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues,” and so on. However, you might not want to share this information given that it can be set to promote malicious software.

How to remove Wizesearch.com

We hope that the information we have provided in this article was useful. this hijacker can be easily mistaken for a legitimate search engine because of its neat and clean design and absence of intrusive advertisements because they are presented as search results. There is no way of knowing whether they are legitimate and safe, but more importantly — this search engine is distributed in a deceptive manner, so we advise that you remove Wizesearch.com and scan your PC for any malware that may have also entered your PC.

Delete Wizesearch from Chrome

  1. Launch the browser.
  2. Hold down the Alt+F keys.
  3. Click More tools and click Extensions.
  4. Locate and remove Wizesearch.
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