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Search.searchsmg(.)com is the search engine of a gaming application called SuperMegaGaming. The program is developed by SaferBrowser and can hijack the browsers found on your computer. The company is infamous with their activity of creating such programs. To remove the hijacker app and everything related to it, you should read the article in full.

The hijacker changes settings of every browser you have on your computer – the home page, new tab, search engine, etc. Sometimes extensions and add-ons can also be modified, and thus, you could be redirected. Ads and in-text links might show up as you browse. The hijacker could add an extension.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.searchsmg(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers will have their homepage, search engine and new tab settings modified.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab, and search engine of all your browsers are changed. An extension of the hijacker can be set in your browsers. You could get redirected.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.searchsmg(.)com – Ways of Distribution

One of the popular distribution ways for Search.searchsmg is via third-party installer setups. Without knowing, you could install the hijacker on your PC along with a bundle package or freeware installations. Those setups might have additive components set for installation. Avoiding such unwanted installations of hijacker software such as this one can be done if you find Custom or Advanced settings. Inside, you should find check boxes to deselect all items you do not want.

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An extension connected to Search.searchsmg is called SuperMegaGaming. Above you can see a picture of it on the Chrome Web Store. That extension might be downloaded from other locations as well. There are other ways of distribution for this hijacker like advertisements or visiting suspicious websites with low reputation. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

Search.searchsmg(.)com – More About It

Search.searchsmg(.)com is a website that also serves as the search engine for a browser hijacker. If the hijacker is inside your computer, changes to lots of browser settings will happen. The settings are the homepage, new tab, extension/add-on, and search engine. The new search engine put in all of your browsers might be different. The unwanted software is developed by the SaferBrowser company. The developers have made dozens of such hijackers.

This is how the main page of the website looks:

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A browser extension and an add-on could be set-up in each browser. These additional apps probably come bundled with software stored on your computer. Because of that, you might see all sorts of redirects to Search.searchsmg(.)com or other websites that are its affiliates.

The extension 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

Searching the Internet, while having Search.searchsmg(.)com is going to use the site as a filter for all searches. You can see sponsored advertising or misleading search results when you browse. Advertisements show as pop-ups or in-text links. However, other kinds of ads might appear as well.

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In the above snapshot, you should notice, that this hijacker utilizes a search engine which looks like Yahoo. All information about your search queries is sent to servers tied to the hijacker. You could be redirected to other search engines, depending on the browser you have and your country.

The Privacy Policy of Search.searchsmg(.)com indicates that information which is personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable is to be collected by this hijacker. Browser hijackers developed by the same company, SaferBrowser, have the same privacy policy. All this data may be shared with third-parties.

From the Policy it becomes clear that the collected information is:

  • 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
  • Communications preferences
  • Telephone number
  • Operating System (and other related data)

You can preview the Privacy Policy right here:

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Just the usage of any services and related software to the Search.searchsmg(.)com website, you give your consent to SaferBrowser to collect your personal information. Cookies are also used, among other tracking technologies such as web beacons as well, so they can extract some of the data.

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

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

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Search.searchsmg(.)com or other threats.
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To remove Search.searchsmg(.)com follow these steps:

1. Uninstall malicious programs from Windows
2. Clean your Browser and Registry from Search.searchsmg(.)com

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Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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