CheetaSearch(.)com the main web page for a browser hijacker. The Imali Media Ltd. company is the creator of the unwanted program. Every search query you make will go through another hijacker named SafeFinder, as well. The hijacker will change your browser settings, such as the homepage, search engine, and new tab to Search.CheetaSearch(.)com and might even add a toolbar or a plug-in to your browsers. Advertisements can appear when you browse. To remove the hijacker and the files tied to it, you should read the article carefully.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter each of your searches.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and new tab, browser plugins and a toolbar. You could see third party content and advertising.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss CheetaSearch(.)com.|
CheetaSearch(.)com – Distribution Tactics
CheetaSearch(.)com can utilize several distribution tactics to get in your browsers. Usually, this happens with third-party installations. Software bundles, along with freeware installer setups, can put the hijacker inside your computer. This kind of setups might have additional components selected for installing, by default. Lots of settings could be modified without prior notice so the unwanted program could be in your computer and you might not know about it. To prevent such installations can happen if you find Custom or Advanced settings inside the setup to deselect the unwanted components.
CheetaSearch(.)com can be distributed to your computer system through the use of advertising content, like banners, pop-ups or similar advert types. The hijacker could also be distributed with the aid of suspicious websites hosting redirecting links. These websites could be partnered with CheetaSearch(.)com. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
CheetaSearch(.)com – Detailed Overview
CheetaSearch(.)com is the official web page and search engine of the browser hijacker with the same name – CheetaSearch. The company which made it is Imali Media Ltd., known for the production of other browser hijacker applications in the past. You can learn more about Imali Media Hijackers from our blog.
You can see a screenshot of the main page below:
If any extra applications connected to CheetaSearch(.)com enter your computer machine, like a browser extension or plug-in, then you will see more changes made to your browsers. More programs like that could install on your PC with bundled software setups. Add-ons, plug-ins, and extensions can generate advertisements, show up more third-party content and land you on suspicious web pages. These pages could be in a partnership with CheetaSearch(.)com.
From the above picture, you can see the search results page of CheetaSearch(.)com. Or at least the page it redirects to, which in this case is that of Yahoo. The page might redirect to other reputable search engines now or in the near future. This particular redirection tactic is triggered, so it can try to trick you into trusting the hijacker. Its effectiveness remains to this very day. A closer look reveals that with each of your search queries, the data goes through the following redirect:
Through Safe Finder service, the browser hijacker CheetaSearch(.)com gathers and sends more information about you.
The search engines are intertwined and possibly exchange all information related to your searches and browser history. They might be partnered up or affiliated. You should be careful with their websites for rogue search engines and do not give any personal details about you on their platforms.
Information, collected by Imali Media from all victims of the hijacker:
- Your IP (internet protocol) address
- The type of browser you use
- The time at which you visited the site
- Which pages you visited throughout the site
Information you provide that can be collected:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Country of origin
- Your nickname
- Telephone number
- Job title
Information collected when you download and install the plugin:
- Demographic information
- Your gender
- Your age
- Household income
- Zip code
- Your country
- Mobile telephone number
- Your E-mail address
As stated in the policy, information may also be obtained if you complete or fill a questionnaire, subscription form or a contest entry form.
Information collected automatically from the plugin:
- Searches you perform using Imali Media domains
- The ways in which you use various features
- Pages you view on those domains
- Page view count
- Impressions and clicks
The automatically gathered information will be sent to servers of Imali media and its partners when your web browser accesses the hijacker’s site and when you use its plug-in. Cookies accumulate that type of information.
Check out this interesting quote from the policy, which is about external links on the site:
Our Site includes links to other third party Web sites (such as Google, Facebook, Youtube etc.) whose privacy practices may differ from those of Browsing Product. Our service may also be linked to sites or services operated by the Browsing Product affiliates or third parties, and may carry advertisements or offer content, functionality, games, rewards programs, newsletters, contests or sweepstakes, or applications developed and maintained by third parties including, any online store.
Imali Media basically states that any link, redirect or additional content you come in contact with, through their hijacker software, is not their fault, and more privacy policies will be in place. Thus, other websites will be held responsible for that kind of content. Be wary of all these sites and do not click on anything showing from them. Also, be careful with what you enter in search engines, in general. Take note that the Safe Finder service gathers additional information about you.
Remove CheetaSearch(.)com Completely from Your PC
To remove CheetaSearch(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal guide given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove CheetaSearch(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of CheetaSearch(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove CheetaSearch(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase CheetaSearch(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall CheetaSearch(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove CheetaSearch(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate CheetaSearch(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove CheetaSearch(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CheetaSearch(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall CheetaSearch(.)com and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by CheetaSearch(.)com on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by CheetaSearch(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of CheetaSearch(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall CheetaSearch(.)com and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove CheetaSearch(.)com via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove CheetaSearch(.)com from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase CheetaSearch(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall CheetaSearch(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove CheetaSearch(.)com from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the CheetaSearch(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate CheetaSearch(.)com from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.