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Remove Search.getsports.co Redirect

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Search.getsports.co main Web page and default search for the browser hijacker which is also called Get Sports. SaferBrowser is the software developer for it. The company is notorious for its browser hijacker programs. The unwanted application changes the new tab, homepage, and search engine of the browsers you use. A toolbar will appear on top of your browsers. An add-on tied to this hijacker can install, too. You will experience redirects. To remove the hijacker and all its files, you should read the article through.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.getsports.co
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe hijacker can change the homepage, search engine and new tab on each of the browser applications you use.
SymptomsThe homepage, search engine and new tab of all your browsers will be changed to Search.getsports.co. You will be redirected and could see advertising content.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.getsports.co – Ways of Delivery

Get Sports has multiple ways of delivery, but they are all quite popular. One of those is with third-party install setups. Without proper notification, installers found inside freeware, and bundled packages could place the hijacker in your computer system. Installer setups such as these could be set to add more components, by default. Preventing of getting any unwanted features installed, is doable if you find Custom or Advanced settings. You should be able to deselect every additional component from there.

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Get Sports could be delivered with the extension found on the GetSports.co main domain of the website. On the above screenshot, you can view the Google Chrome Web Store page of the extension, which is used as one of the primary download directories. The browser hijacker redirect can show up from redirecting links or advertisements loaded by dubious websites. Browsers that could get affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

Search.getsports.co – More About It

Search.getsports.co is the primary Web address for a browser hijacker that is also called with the name Get Sports. The website claims to give its users a one-click access to sport matches and live sport sessions like ESPN and NFL. Those services can be accessed from a toolbar placed in your browsers. Beware of the redirect links, and the multiple advertisements spreading from them. The default search engine for your browsers is going to be set to Search.getsports.co.

That is how the search engine looks like:

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When your computer has the hijacker, you will constantly be redirected to its search engine. Other browser settings will be altered from the unwanted software, such as your default homepage, new tab setting, themes, including a few minor ones. The developer of the hijacker is the SaferBrowser company. There are many redirects that the company has made, but this one is the most similar to it – Search.searchglnn.com hijacker redirect.

Browser extension related to the hijacker could be found inside your browser applications and could have modified the homepage, new tab, default search, and other settings. A direct result from that is the multitude of redirects which display while you are browsing. Information is acquired from you and sent to servers of the Search.getsports.co developer. Third party affiliates and partners might receive a big part of that information, too.

The extension can do the following:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

The Search.getsports.co page will filter every single search query you make through its servers. Sponsored contents and targeted advertising could show up in the search results each time you browse. The advertising content can be of many different types, such as in-text links, pop-ups, pop-unders, or similar ones.

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The picture above reveals that a redirect is used in the search results of the Search.getsports.co page. This redirect link is a sub-domain of the hijacker, and it shows briefly, under a second. Your search queries will get filtered, and data acquired from them is going to be sent to the sub-domain in question. Next, you get to see the search results page of a legitimate search engine. From the below snapshot you can see an example showing the search results page of Yahoo:

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You should be careful with every search term you write inside search spaces, especially if its credentials, account data or personal details. Read on to find out what information exactly is collected about your online activity and you.

Search.getsports.co – Privacy Policy

In the Privacy Policy of Search.getsports.co is stated that both personally and non-personally identifying information will be obtained by the hijacker. The SaferBrowser company has not yet made any changes to the Privacy Policy of its programs with browser hijacking capabilities since the start of the year. Any data which is gathered from you could be shared to third party companies that might be partners of SaferBrowser.

The policy describes that the information which is collected is:

  • Search queries and all data you type in searches
  • Search data and specifics of searches
  • Country of residence, home address
  • URLs and clicks
  • IP address
  • Browser (version and type)
  • Name, education, interests
  • Communications preferences
  • Telephone number
  • Operating System (plus other related data)

You can see the policy from this screenshot:

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Reading the whole Privacy Policy reveals a statement of how any usage of an application or service connected to the Search.getsports.co website will automatically be considered as approval for your data collection. The SaferBrowser company collects information about you and your browsing habits. The website utilizes browser cookies, plus other tracking technologies, such as Web beacons, for further information collection. You should be careful while using the search of the hijacker and when you are browsing the Web.

Remove Search.getsports.co Fully

To remove Search.getsports.co manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker entirely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer secure in the future.

Manually delete Search.getsports.co from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the Search.getsports.co threat: Manual removal of Search.getsports.co requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1. Remove or Uninstall Search.getsports.co in Windows
2. Remove Search.getsports.co from Your Browser
3. Fix registry entries created by Search.getsports.co on your PC

Automatically remove Search.getsports.co by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Search.getsports.co with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Search.getsports.co in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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