Search.mpc(.)am is the site of an unwanted program. The program is called MPC (More Powerful Cleaner). The site allegedly aims to offer you a safe navigation through the Web without ads, but in reality, you see many advertisements generated by the MPC program.
The MPC site acts as a browser hijacker, and it can modify the search engine, new tab, and homepage. To remove it, you should carefully read the article to the end. You can see advertisements on every page you browse.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The program modifies various settings on your PC, including the browser homepage and new tab page. You will see advertisements when you browse, generated from it.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, new tab and search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search.mpc(.)am |
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Search.mpc(.)am – Distribution Ways
Search.mpc(.)am is distributed via third-party installers. You can get the hijacker on your computer, without knowing, because it hides in freeware installations and bundled packages. In such packages, additional components for installation aren’t disclosed properly, and you can install Search.mpc(.)am. Avoiding that is possible, if you find the Custom or Advanced settings in the setup installation.
The hijacker can be distributed via the MPC program. The program can be downloaded from the official site at www.mpc(.)am. Undesirable software that can get you the hijacker can be spread via advertisements, pop-ups, banners, and from visiting suspicious internet sites. Partners and affiliates of MPC could try distributing an install setup with the unwanted application inside. The hijacker might install a browser extension as well. Browsers that can be affected are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Search.mpc(.)am – In Detail
Search.mpc(.)am is the domain for a browser hijacker. You can also get a related program that will show you advertisements from the site. If inside a computer, the program can make several changes to your settings. That will mostly affect your browsers. The hijacker can modify the homepage, the new tab page, and the search engine of affected browsers. An extension or an add-on is not excluded from being added. Its main site is Search.mpc(.)am and you your search queries will go through that same site.
When you do a search, it can show sponsored results and commercial content and redirect you to affiliate sites of Search.mpc(.)am:
Other advertisements, like pop-ups, pop-unders, and banners can be seen in search results and on web pages. The redirects are to probably affiliate and partner sites of the hijacker. Such sites make revenue based on pay-per-click.
The information that may be collected is the following:
- Search queries and all data you type in searches
- Search data and specifics of searches
- Browser (version and type)
- URLs and clicks
- IP address
- Country of residence, home address
- Name, education, interests
- Machine ID
- Credit Card ID
- Operating System (and other related data)
All the data, which may be collected by Search.mpc(.)am may be shared with third parties. By using their software and services, you give your consent for that. Your internet activity can be tracked by using browser cookies and other technologies.
Search.mpc(.)am – Removal Options
To remove Search.mpc(.)am and all of its contents manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions down below. If the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software will also keep your computer safe from future threats.