A new browser hijacker, connected with the suspicious search engine Searchgenius has been reported to take over browser home pages and insert custom search results linking to different websites some of which may redirect to or be malicious for the end user. Security researchers strongly advise removing this PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) from your computer, since it may eventually become indirectly dangerous to the computer and the information in it.
|Name||Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The domain may present a custom search engine that may provide several ad-supported search results.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness his home page as well as his new tab page to be changed with a custom one that is not HTTP secured.|
|Distribution Method||Distributed online via bundled downloads|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker.|
Searchgenius(.)com – How Did I Get It
One way to become affected by this browser hijacker is by simply downloading a free program from the web and installing it. Some websites that provide different software at one place usually bundle the installers users download from there.
This is the main reason users are strongly advised to download freeware only from the official website or to seek reputable software providing websites that do not market other ‘free extras’ in the installers so that they do not end up with unfamiliar icons on their desktop and with their home page changed by a browser hijacker, such as searchgenius(.)com
Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker – More about It
Once installed on your computer, Searchgenius(.)com browser hijacker hijacks your web browser with one and only purpose – profit. Whether it is motivated via by pay per click schemes or affiliate marketing, the hijacker may use different tracking technologies to determine what the user searches via the search engine. Then, since searchgenius(.)com does not provide secure HTTP connection his searches may determine the ad-supported search results that might be generated on the go. Once clicked on, they may redirect to various third-party sites, some of which may be malicious.
Furthermore, the browser hijacker may modify some of the web browser`s settings to make itself more difficult to uninstall. What is more, this browser hijacker is reported to affect mainly Google Chrome users. However, it may be visible on other web browsers as well.
The main reason Searchgenius(.)com browser hijacker is reported to be dangerous, mainly because of the links to various third-party websites it may display via custom searchers into the end users` faces. Once clicked on some of those websites the user may be linked to:
- Scamming sites aiming to steal information, most often personal and financial.
- Malicious URLs that may or may not infect the user PC with malware.
Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker – How To Remove It
To be rid of this particular browser hijacker fully from your computer, it is important to follow the step-by-step instructions that we provided below. However, this program may leave leftover files which may make it harder to remove or even reappear after deletion. This is why it is strongly advisable to employ a powerful anti-malware program that will erase all objects associated with Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker from your computer.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Searchgenius(.)com Browser Hijacker will be removed.