The Search Anything redirect is a new web threat which we have received security reports about it. It is being spread using a multitude of delivery mechanisms and once it is installed on a given computer it will execute a lot of malicious actions. It can hijack data, modify system settings and deploy other threats.
|Name||Search Anything redirect|
|Short Description||Search Anything is a web page, caused by a browser hijacker. It is unwanted, because it may lead you to dangerous sites.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser may start to behave in a strange way. You may receive redirects and other types of ads and your PC’s performance may sharply decline.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search Anything redirect |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Search Anything redirect.|
Search Anything Redirect Overview
The Search Anything Redirect is a recently reported malware that is distributed as a browser hijacker and redirect to the intended victims. As such the most common way to get infected with it is by downloading a malware browser plugin for a plugin repository site or download portal. The hackers behind the threat will usually use fake or stolen IDs in order to upload the files. Descriptions that promise new feature additions or performance enhancements along with user reviews can be used to lure in the visitors into installing these extensions. The other popular strategy is to create virus-infected files, when they are opened by the victims the malware will be deployed to the users. This can be a macro-infected document which when opened will ask the victims to enable the built-in code. This will launch a script that will download the redirect code and install it in the users browsers. The other popular type is the creation of a virus-infected application setup files — they are of popular software which is often downloaded by end users. As soon as the installers are launched the virus will be deployed.
There are multiple ways through which these files can be spread to more victims at once — an often used tactic is the coordination of phishing strategies. They depend on social engineering techniques to manipulate the visitors and recipients into opening email messages or clicking on website links and download buttons. They are usually hosted on domain names that sound very similar to the actual companies and services which are impersonated. The virus files can additionally be uploaded to various file-sharing networks like BitTorrent.
As soon as the infection is present on a given computer one of the first actions executed will be to change the default browser options — the default home page, new tabs page and search engine to forward to the hacker-controlled site. This is intentional as the first time the visitors open the portals tracking cookies will be deployed — they will monitor the users interactions and relay them to the hackers. The site is designed to look like a legitimate search engine containing similar design and content layout to popular choices.
Any interaction with these sites can lead to common virus infections — they can be ransomware file encrypting viruses. They will search the file system for certain types of data and encrypt them with a strong cipher. The victims will then be blackmailed to pay a ransomware decryption fee. Whn it comes to local virus infections a popular option is to deliver Trojan horse clients. They will start a local client infection that will connect the infected computer to a hacker-controlled server. It allows the criminals to take over control of the systems, steal files and also spy on the users.
Browsing the Search Anything Redirect redirect can install Cryptocurrency miners which can start from within the site. It will download a sequence of performance-intensive tasks from a remote server. When one of them is reported as completed the hackers will receive cryptocurrency assets as reward which will be wired directly to their digital wallets.
How to REMOVE Search Anything
The removal of Search Anything may be a very tricky process, because of the fact that the unwanted program introducing this scam page may have files spread all of your hard drive. This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to follow the removal steps below. They are made so that if the problem persists after step 1 and 2, you can use a powerful anti-malware software(recommended). Be advised that security professionals often advise victims to remove this adware via an advanced anti-malware program. This will help save you significant time and will make sure that all of the persistent files and objects of Search Anything are fully gone from your PC.