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Search.searchlson(.)com is the search page of the browser hijacker Live Sports Online Now. This hijacker is developed by SaferBrowser – a company known for creating such programs. The page that appears when you access your new tab, homepage or search engine is the same and is changed by the hijacker. You will be redirected. Text-links or adverts may show as well upon browsing. A related extension might be added to your browsers. To remove this hijacker and all its files, you should read this article to the end.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.searchlson(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe hijacker will change the homepage, search engine and new tab setting on almost every browser you have installed.
SymptomsThe new tab, homepage and search engine will lead to the same page, modified by the hijacker. An extension doing some or all of these changes might be present. You will get multiple redirects.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.searchlson(.)com – Distribution Ways

Live Sports Online Now is distributed with many third-party installers. Before you become aware, you could install the hijacker via free software or a bundled pack. These types of installations might add more content, selected to be installed by default. Preventing programs with hijacking capabilities from being installed, you should search for Custom or Advanced options.

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The extension connected to Search.searchlson(.)com is distributed with ads and sites across the Internet. The extension can be directly downloaded from the site LiveSportsOnlineNow(.)com. Another way the hijacker could enter your computer is through links, redirects, adverts or by visiting unknown websites. Browsers that are affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

Search.searchlson(.)com – In Depth

Search.searchlson(.)com is the search engine page of the browser hijacker Live Sports Online Now. The hijacker advertises links to famous sports sites, but the links will first redirect you to domains of the hijacker. Most of the links are situated on a toolbar, placed on top of the main page.

If this hijacker is on your computer system, it might slow it down considerably. Your browser settings will be changed as well. All of your browser software will have a modified new tab, search engine, homepage and possibly bookmarks. The unwanted application is developed by the company SaferBrowser. You can see that many browser hijackers are developed by this same company.

This is how the main search page of this hijacker looks:

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A browser extension or an add-on tied to the hijacker can be put inside your browsers and change settings and preferences. Applications such as those are mainly delivered with bundled or free software and get on your computer without real permission. That paves way for the generation of redirects, especially ones which land you on the Search.searchlson(.)com page or on other websites, usually affiliated or partnered with the hijacker.

The browser extension loosely related to the hijacker can do the following:

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

Having Search.searchlson(.)com on your computer can be very annoying. You get redirected, and your privacy is invaded. Sponsored adverts and misleading content can show in search results. Other advertisements can be displayed as banners, in-text links or pop-ups. Further advertising is not excluded.

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In the above screenshot, you can see how the Search.searchlson(.)com search engine redirects to Yahoo search results page. What you might not see is how before that every query goes through the address query.searchlson.com/s?:

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Every single search query you make will be filtered by that address and the information sent to a server of the browser hijacker.

Search.searchlson(.)com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of Search.searchlson(.)com clarifies that both personally and non-personally identifiable information can be obtained by the hijacker. Almost each application developed by the SaferBrowser company will use that Privacy Policy. All of the acquired information might be disclosed to third party affiliates and partners.

According to the Policy, the following information could be collected:

  • 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 (and other related data)

View a picture of the Policy:

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Using any service or associated software of the Search.searchlson(.)com website, you automatically give your consent for the company SaferBrowser to collect personal and technical information. The cookies used on that site, including other tracking technologies like web beacons, might acquire further information regarding your browsing habits.

Remove Search.searchlson(.)com Completely from Your PC

To remove Search.searchlson(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker efficiently, you should search for and remove all leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove Search.searchlson(.)com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.searchlson(.)com

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Search.searchlson(.)com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.searchlson(.)com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.searchlson(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Search.searchlson(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Search.searchlson(.)com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchlson(.)com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Search.searchlson(.)com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Search.searchlson(.)com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Search.searchlson(.)com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Search.searchlson(.)com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Search.searchlson(.)com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Search.searchlson(.)com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.searchlson(.)com, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Search.searchlson(.)com from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Search.searchlson(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Search.searchlson(.)com from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Search.searchlson(.)com from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.searchlson(.)com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Search.searchlson(.)com from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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