Search(.)pch(.)com is a browser hijacker that also goes by the name PCHSearch&Win. To remove this application and everything about it, you should read this article. The hijacker may change the homepage, search engine, and new tab of all of your browsers. You might experience redirects. Search results can mislead you and be full of advertisements.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers may have their homepage, search engine and new tab setting changed.|
|Symptoms||Your browser homepage and new tab page are replaced. Browsers also have a new search engine set. You might get redirected. Searches are filled with ads and misleading results.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search(.)pch(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Search(.)pch(.)com.|
Search(.)pch(.)com – Distribution Ways
One of the ways that Search(.)pch(.)com gets distributed is via installations from third-parties. The hijacker can gain access to your PC without your knowledge, because it hides in freeware installations and bundle packages. Inside the packs, additional components for installation are selected by default. These components are improperly disclosed, so you could end up with Search(.)pch(.)com. Pressing the Next button continuously will have that result. To avoid unwanted installations, check a setup for Custom or Advanced settings.
Other ways of distribution for the hijacker are via advertisements, such as pop-ups, pop-unders and banners or by visiting unknown websites. Such websites, usually have a low reputation, and are probably affiliated with the hijacker’s developers. Affected browsers can be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Search(.)pch(.)com – More Information
Search(.)pch(.)com is the search page for a browser hijacker with the same name. It is also known as PCHSearch&Win. Once the unwanted application hits your PC, various settings get modified, including your browsers’ homepage, new tab page and search engine. The hijacker is presented by Publishers Clearing House on the site.
A browser extension or add-on may be set inside your browsers, which come bundled with applications installed on your computer. It can redirect you to web domains that are partnered with the PCH website.
Whatever you input into the search engine Search(.)pch(.)com is data that can be gathered by its developers. And the results of those searches can be misleading. With the search results, there are different advertisements as links, text, banners and pop-ups. You can see for yourself in the image:
You could also be redirected from the advertising content, whatever if it is a pop-up, banner or some in-text link. The redirects can generate traffic to domains for them to get revenue by pay-per-click.
Information that can be collected according to the policy:
- Your age
- Your gender
- Your income level
- Your IP address
- Your e-mail address
- Your domain name
- Your name
- Your land address
- Your telephone number
- Your password
Using the services of Search(.)pch(.)com gives your approval for personal information and data about search queries to be collected. That data may be shared with third parties.
Remove Search(.)pch(.)com Completely
To remove Search(.)pch(.)com manually from your system, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program will keep your system secure in the future.