Dozensearch(.)com is a natural browser hijacker. The unwanted software can make various modifications to browser settings like the home page, search engine, and new tab. You could get redirected. When you browse, you may see advertisements. An add-on or extension supporting the hijacker may also be present in your browsers. To remove this browser hijacker, you should read the whole article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers can have the homepage, search engine and the new tab settings changed.|
|Symptoms||You will see changes made to your new tab, homepage and search settings. You can see ads and get redirected while browsing.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Dozensearch(.)com |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Dozensearch(.)com.|
Dozensearch(.)com – Distribution Methods
Dozensearch can be distributed with third-party installation setups. The unwanted program can enter your computer without your awareness. That is because it can hide in freeware installations and bundled packages. These packs usually include additional components selected to be installed by default. To avoid installing unwanted apps is doable by checking for a Custom or an Advanced menu within the install setup.
The Dozensearch hijacker can distribute via adverts, like banners or pop-ups, and by visiting unknown sites that are suspicious. The websites are likely to be partnered up with the hijacker’s creators. Browsers that are affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
Dozensearch(.)com – A Closer Look
Dozensearch(.)com is the main address of the browser hijacker bearing the same name. If this hijacker is found inside your PC, a few basic browser settings are probably going to be changed. Settings that change every time the hijacker installs are the homepage and new tab. Modifications are made to the search engine of all browsers as well. A toolbar might be present in some instances. The search engine setting might differ from browser to browser or depend on your country.
An add-on could be set in your browser or an extension. They regularly come with bundled software installed on your computer. Such extensions could easily redirect you to the Dozensearch(.)com search page or other sites when you browse.
Searching with the Dozensearch(.)com present in your browser software might be slow, and the results will be sent to its server. Whatever you write in the search bar, new tab, and homepage will usually redirect the searches to one place. You could see sponsored content, misleading search results or advertising.
You can see from the picture shown above, that sometimes the search engine used is Google. That can be a tactic of the hijacker to let you think everything is still alright, but information about your searches will be sent to the hijacker owners instead of Google. You could get redirected to other search engines depending on your geo-location or the browser you use.
Down below you can see what information may be collected, according to the policy. (Note that the Policy states that any information you provide will be gathered, and your name and email address will be collected in case you contact the owners of the hijacker or register with them somewhere).
- Search queries and data you type in searches
- IP address
- Your name
- Email address
- Other information you provide
You can see a snapshot preview of the Policy down here:
By using services provided by Dozensearch(.)com not excluding any related applications, you grant permission for your information collection by these apps and services. Cookies or other tracking technologies could be used to acquire data from you.
Remove Dozensearch(.)com Completely
To remove Dozensearch(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and get your settings back, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program helps keep your system secure in the future.