Redirect Removal Guide
THREAT REMOVAL Redirect Removal Guide is the domain of a fishy website that forces users to install a recommended application called Search App or Searchfort Plus as presented further in the Chrome web store. The redirect may occur due to a potentially unwanted program on the computer or another suspicious browser add-on installed on the browser. and the browser extension associated with it aim to change essential browser settings so that their creators can gather information from users.

The goal of this article is to help affected users to remove redirect from the computer and restore browser settings.

Threat Summary
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionEvery browser application which is on your computer will get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you lots of advertisements.
SymptomsBrowser settings that get changed are the start page, search engine and the new tab page.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Spread Techniques of Browser Redirect

Several ways may be used for distribution. The most common one is via the so-called method bundling. It is practiced by developers of various free applications as a way of monetization. What they do is including potentially unwanted programs in the installation setups of their apps. These PUPs are usually the reason of all redirects to homepage during your browsing. If you want to avoid such intrusions next time you install a freeware be advised to select the Advanced/Custom install settings. There usually is stated what else is to be installed along with the primary software and you can easily unmark all unwanted apps.

Another way of distribution is via Google Chrome web store where the browser app is described as follows:

Chrome default Search by search fort pro lets you search the web from your address bar faster than ever before!

More аbout Browser Redirect

When opens in the browser it automatically displays a pop up that recommends you to add App Search to the browser. If you do not take an action within a few seconds second pop up appears. It asks the question “Are you sure you want to leave this page without installing the extensions?” even though you do not clicked the cross to close the page. The picture below visualizes how looks like: redirect home page

By installing this app associated with you agree with changes of your default search engine, new tab page, and search engine. Furthermore, the extension communicates with its servers to deliver records on the websites you visit and other online activities that are reviewed in the next paragraph.

Each time a search query is entered through search engine, it redirects to Yahoo search. A potentially unwanted feature of the browser hijacker is that is designed to collect all entered searches and keep them on its servers. Thus the presented Yahoo search results may be modified to display targeted content and advertisements which limits the access to the most reliable sources and information on the net.

Privacy Policy of

When we accessed Privacy Policy we found out that it is created by Aztec Media. Actually the Privacy Policy of another reported browser hijacker we reported –, is where the Privacy Policy section of points to. So as long as you are using any of the Aztec Media’s services they will obtain and store the following information:

  • Your IP address
  • Your E-mail address(es)
  • Browser type and version
  • Internet Search Provider (ISP)
  • Webpages you visit
  • Cookie information
  • Other information you provide

In conclusion, you should be careful of what information you give out to hoax search engines and websites, such as If you do not want personal information to be gathered from the browser hijacker, you should consider removing it.

Remove Redirect Effectively

In case that you have noticed redirect in your browser, it is better to reset the browser and make sure that your PC is malware free. You can remove all potentially unwanted programs by following the removal instructions below. For maximum efficiency, it is good to scan the system with an advanced anti-malware tool that will detect and remove all unnecessary and malicious files.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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