|Name||Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval. The user may experienced heavy advertisements linking to suspicious third-party sites, some of which may be dangerous.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker.|
Seach.searchitknow.com is a dangerous ad-supported search engine that is observed to lead users to dangerous websites that contains scams or malicious links. Such indirectly malicious PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) may administer advertisements of all sorts (pop-ups, sponsored searches, redirects, banners) and those advertisements may lead to hazardous online locations. This is why experts advise to immediately take actions to remove this browser hijacker from the affected PC, instructions for which you can find after this article.
Search(.)searchitknow(.)com – How Did I Start Seeing It?
The most likely way of you seeing this suspicious search engine on your browser set as your home or new tab page is by having an unwanted browser hijacker on your computer. Hijackers come in many forms. They may arrive on your browser in the form of browser extensions, but they might also come in the form of bundled downloads. You may have clicked on an online ad and downloaded the extension directly to your browser. The most likely way of you seeing this ad-supported search engine however is by installing its browser hijacker by downloading programs via a third-party software providing websites. Such online locations usually make profits at users’ expense by adding browser hijacker programs in the form of toolbars or other ‘free extras’ to the installer of the freeware downloaded. This is why users are always advised to only download software from reputable sites and if available from the official download pages of the program itself.
Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker Description
This particular hijacker sets Search(.)searchitknow(.)com as your home page as well as new tab page. It is very dangerous due to the fact that upon search it displays ad-supported search results:
When clicked on, the search results lead to suspicious sites, such as this buzzfeed copycat that has unusual amount of information collecting technologies:
This particular third-party site also displays many interesting news that may make a lot of users curious and therefore likely to click on. When clicked on, they may immediately redirect to an official news articles, or suspicious websites such as this one:
This particular suspicious money making video featured a pop-up wanting an email address for registration along with a promising video that if the user follows the woman’s advices, he/she will become a milionaire in 100 days. When registered in the website, it featured a timer that asks the users to open a free account which may want different financial information from them, such as their credit card details.
What is more, some of the links in this third-party site may lead to malicious sites that may infest the PC with malware, such as ransomware, for example that encrypts user files, asking ransom money for decrypting it.
Back to the suspicious search engine, we have also discovered that it does not support encryption and does not have its own search engine database, instead may use yahoo search results or other as official provider – both of which are highly untypical for a legitimate search engine.
These are just few of the indirect dangers that may be associated with Search(.)searchitknow(.)com browser hijacker on your computer. Cyber-criminals continue to increase the methods of scamming users out their information as well as their funds. And when it comes to browser hijacker adware such as this one – its developers do not mind what it is they advertise, as long as they make profits via pay-per-click schemes or affiliate marketing.
Removing Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Completely from Your PC
In order to manually remove this browser hijacker from your entire system, not only your browser, you should make sure to follow the step-by-step instructions below. For full removal, however it is recommended to scan your PC with an anti-malware software because in this case you ensure the successful removal of any cookies and malware that you may have come across using Search(.)searchitknow(.)com browser hijacker.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Search(.)searchitknow(.)com Browser Hijacker will be removed.