Searchlock(.)com is the official domain of the browser hijacker SearchLock. Read the whole article carefully on why you should remove it. The hijacker can change the homepage, new tab setting, search engine of your browsers and set an add-on. The add-on is also available at Google’s Chrome web store. You might be redirected. Search results display adverts and could be incorrect.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage, new tab setting, and search engine of your browsers are changed.|
|Symptoms||Your browsers will have their homepage, new tab setting and search engine modified. A browser extension can be added. You will see ads and incorrect search results.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages, Chrome Web Store|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by SearchLock(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss SearchLock(.)com.|
SearchLock(.)com – Distribution Methods
An effective distribution method for SearchLock(.)com is via third-party installs. Without you being aware, the hijacker can invade your computer. It resides in free installation setups and bundled packages. Additional components for installation are selected by default in such packs. The components often remain undisclosed, and SearchLock(.)com can be installed. Looking for a Custom or an Advanced option in setup is good way of preventing unneeded installations.
Above you can see that there is even an extension related to SearchLock(.)com. It is offered at the Chrome Web Store and is helping it spread further. Another distribution method for the hijacker is via advertisements, like banners and pop-ups or from visiting sites that are unknown. Those sites can be partnered with the hijacker’s makers. Affected browsers are: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
SearchLock(.)com – More Information
SearchLock(.)com is the domain of the browser hijacker of the same name. If SearchLock is installed on your computer, you will see certain settings changed. Your browsers will have their homepage changed, as well as the search engine and new tab setting. It claims to be useful by making your searching private, but the information is collected by the hijacker instead.
A browser extension is available for installation. One of the locations is on the Chrome Web Store. It might also come bundled with other apps on your PC. The extension is also named SearchLock(.)com and can redirect you to business partners of the hijacker. You might get redirected and see targeted ad content. The browser extension does the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Change your privacy related settings
All input typed in the SearchLock(.)com search engine will be filtered from it. So, if you type personal data, it will be collected by the hijacker. The search results delivered by the unwanted program can be misleading. Around the search results, there are many adverts and links, unrelated to the searches. This can be seen in the image here:
Browser redirects can come from the new tab setting, the homepage, or from advertisements. Pop-ups, pop-unders, banners or even in-text links might show as part of the adverts content. The redirects may have the goal to generate more traffic to domains which get money by pay-per-click.
The information that is clearly stated to be collected is the following:
- Web browser (type and version)
- Operating system
- Numerical count of daily searches, ad and result clicks
- Search terms
- Date you installed SearchLock
- Where you heard about SearchLock (example: Facebook)
If the hijacker makers know if you heard about their application through Facebook or other social media, they may know from which social account you ended up on their site. Tying your social media account will make any information you have on that account gathered by the hijacker as well.
As search terms are collected, using the services and site of SearchLock, gives your consent for any data typed in to be collected. Also, don’t be fooled by the TRUSTe certificate. You should remove this unwanted application.
Remove SearchLock(.)com Completely
To remove SearchLock(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software can keep your PC secure in the future.