A browser hijacker extension that is reported to set a suspicious search engine called search.emaildefendsearch.com has been outlined as indirectly dangerous by virus researchers. The questionable extension performs various activities on the user PC. The extension is believed to collect different user data from the affected computer via cookies and other tracking technologies. What is more, Search.emaildefendsearch.com may closely cooperate and display ads by third-parties that may be dangerous to the user (scams or malware) and this is why it is highly recommended to remove this application, tutorial for which is prepared for you after the article.
|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval and witness heavy advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or direct downloads.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search.Emaildefendsearch.com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Search.Emaildefendsearch.com.|
Search.emaildefendsearch.com Extension – How Did I Get It?
The most probable method of distribution of this browser hijacker, except direct downloads via ad clicking, may be bundling downloads. Imagine the following scenario – you are browsing the web for your favourite media player and you find a website that provides software downloads. The website looks legitimate and you download the virus free installer. However, after installing it you see an unfamiliar extension on your browser or an icon on your desktop of a product you didn`t want. This is how bundling works.
Most users tend to miss installation steps in the ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ installation option that may include various PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) added ‘as free extras’.
Search.emaildefendsearch.com Extension – More about It
Once activated on your computer the extension hijacks your browser in the sense that it may change your home page as well as your new tab page. What is more the suspicious search engine set by the extension does not provide web encryption – something which is highly uncommon for search engines. A non https connection is open to all sorts of attacks and it may include third-party services or advertisement storing different tracking technologies, such as cookies, for example.
What is more, the suspicious search engine may collect personal user information from the user:
What is more, this particular browser extension may take over banner spaces, display pop-up advertisements, ad-supported search results via a third-party search engine. In some cases, some web pages may insert malicious code and crash either the web browser or the OS of the user.
This particular hijacker is regarded as unsafe due to that it may cooperate with various third-party sites in different pay-per-click and affiliate schemes. Suspicious third-party sites may conceal different dangers from users, varying from simple online scams, via fake software all the way to directly infecting the user PC with malware.
Removing Search.emaildefendsearch.com Extesnion Completely
In order to remove this extension successfully from your PC, you should first, follow the step-by-step tutorial provided below. In case there are left over files after manual removal or your PC has already been infected with malware, experts strongly advise to scan your computer with a powerful anti-malware scanner in order to detect and remove any threats and protect yourself in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Search.Emaildefendsearch.com in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Search.Emaildefendsearch.com.
Step 2: Remove Search.Emaildefendsearch.com from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Search.Emaildefendsearch.com and click “Remove”
After Search.Emaildefendsearch.com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Search.Emaildefendsearch.com to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Search.Emaildefendsearch.com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Search.Emaildefendsearch.com
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Search.Emaildefendsearch.com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Search.Emaildefendsearch.com will be removed.