Esurf(.)biz is the main web address for a browser hijacker. The hijacker redirects you from its main page buttons and when you do a search. You can land on a Yahoo search results page or that of another reputable search engine. Your search queries will go through SafeFinder, which is another browser hijacker. Esurf(.)biz can change the homepage, new tab and the search engine of each browser you have. A browser extension could be installed, too. To remove the hijacker and all of its files, you should read the article to the end.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings that can be modified are the homepage, search engine and new tab, and possibly browser extensions as well. You might see sponsored content and advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Esurf(.)biz.|
Esurf(.)biz – Delivery Methods
Esurf(.)biz can utilize a couple of delivery methods. Third-party installations are usually to blame for the unwanted application of getting to your PC. Software that is in a bundle and some free programs too can place the hijacker on your computer. Freeware setups can have more components for installation by default. Different settings can get modified before you find out how the unwanted app tampered with your computer or browser. To avoid such installations is possible if you find Custom or Advanced options inside the installation.
Esurf(.)biz could use other methods to get the search engine to appear when you browse. One of these methods is via both advertisements and redirects on websites, like banners, pop-ups and the like. The hijacker might be distributed with the helping hand of dubious websites which are hosting redirect links. Such websites might be in a partnership or an affiliate program with Esurf(.)biz. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Esurf(.)biz – Detailed Description
Esurf(.)biz is the primary web address for a browser hijacker. You can take a look at how this online address looks in the image below:
The Esurf(.)biz domain is composed of a search bar and multiple buttons, supposedly leading to notable social media sites. Some of the buttons lead to sponsored or targeted content while using redirects. That web page with the search engine will replace the search engine of your browsers, plus their new tab, and home page. Browser preferences could be modified, too. An extension might be set on top of that.
If an application connected to Esurf(.)biz is somewhere on your computer or browser, then you will certainly see changes made to your browsers’ settings. Applications such as that could get inside your computer with bundled software. Plugins, extensions, and add-ons, as well as other extra components, could all generate advertisements and spread redirects. The redirects could lead you to suspicious sites or ones with third party content. The owners of the pages could be partners or affiliates of Esurf(.)biz.
In the picture above, you can see how the search results of Esurf(.)biz look. As you can see, you can get redirected to the search results page of Yahoo. Redirection could lead you to other known search engines as well. Browser hijackers can use this as a trick to get you to trust them to use their search. But if you look closely, you will see how the search results from your queries go through this redirect:
Esurf(.)biz gets information about you and browsing habits from these search queries that go through the servers of the Safe Finder Hijacker.
Both search engines are associated in some way and probable affiliates. All obtained information from the search queries can be sent to them. You should be careful with any information you input in search bars of these sites, especially if you search for personal things. Read on, to see what data can be acquired from you by Esurf(.)biz.
According to the policy, the information which can be collected is:
- Browser (type and language)
- Operating System (type and language)
- Your name and address
- Geo location and IP address
- Date and time of access
- Your time zone
- Advertisements viewed
- Offers and services that interest you
- Default search
- VPN and Proxy services
- Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Interaction with social networks
- Screen Resolution
- Search quires and browsing history
- Pages browsed and content viewed
If you use any services of Esurf(.)biz or those of Safe Finder, including applications which are related to them, you automatically grant your consent for your personal information to be collected. In the policy, it is openly stated that cookies, web beacons even pixel tags or similar technologies are used for data accumulation.
Remove Esurf(.)biz Completely from Your PC
To remove Esurf(.)biz manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided 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.