A suspicious software called iMesh and other unwanted programs have been reported to be associated with the search engine Search.iMesh.net. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) sets the search engine of the web browsers of the user PC it is installed on and may collect information via cookies, display advertisements and cause numerous browser redirects to the user PC. Since the software may collaborate with third-party content, malware researchers advise affected users to immediately remove it using the instructions like the ones in this article, since software like Search.iMesh.net browser hijacker may be indirectly harmful the computer.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Modifies the web browsers, changing the default homepage and new tab page.|
|Symptoms||Changed home page or new tab page. Slow PC.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
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Search.iMesh.net Browser Hijacker – Distribution
To slip past users unnoticed, the browser hijacker may take advantage of third-party websites that provide free programs for installation. One of those programs may be your favorite media player, for example. When you google this media player software and want to download it for free, sometimes you may enter third-party websites that offer a lot of programs at one place. Since such websites make a profit on bundled installers (that include programs like iMesh), you may have accidentally installed the Search.iMesh.net browser hijacker on your computer. Programs like this one can be noticed in the Advanced or Custom installation options of such third-party installers, in a form similar to the below-mentioned image-example:
To avoid this, experts advice not only to have protection software and be careful when you install programs but to also seek to download freeware programs from their official websites as well.
Search.iMesh.net Browser Hijacker –More Information
Once installed on your computer, the Search.iMesh.net browser hijacker may immediately drop its files in the following Windows locations:
It may also situate files in the %Program Files% folder. Once the software runs automatically, it may also set up a tray icon on the bottom right of Windows:
The Search.iMesh.com browser hijacker then may modify your web browser, changing the home page and new tab web page to what appears to be it’s hoax search engine:
Not only is the search engine ad-supported, but it also does not support HTTPs encryption and does not have it’s own ad-supported search results, both of these are highly untypical to search engines and potential risks to your computer:
In addition to this, we have discovered multiple types of cookies that may be used to collect different user information, like your online clicks, browsing history as well as other information that may be used to target you with advertisements:
Search.iMesh.net Browser Hijacker – Conclusion and Removal
As a bottom line, the iMesh hijacker is a program that is created for one purpose. To enter your computer and use it to generate profits automatically by modifying your web browsers settings. This allows the people behind this suspicious application to make profits via pay-per-click schemes and other affiliate strategies. In addition to this, Search.iMesh.net may cause browser redirects to dangerous websites, that may even infect your computer with malware, all in the name of profit. This is why malware researchers strongly advise to remove this potentially unwanted application from your computer and make sure it stays gone, by downloading an advanced anti-malware program. We recommend that you follow the removal instructions below to remove Search.iMesh.net browser hijacker from your computer efficiently and correctly.