A search engine, pretending to be Google has been reported to have associations with a browser hijacker. The hijacker also known as PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) is reported to heavily advertise content to users, collect different user information. In addition to that, a lot of third-party content may be displayed to the user in the form of different types of advertisements on the web browser. Since some third-parties may be dangerous, we advise users to read the tutorial for removing Searchvay(.)com Browser Hijacker in this article and implement it.
|Name||Searchvay(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|Type||Adware, Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers will have their homepage, new tab and the search engine changed. Sponsored adverts appear in your search results.|
|Symptoms||Shows ads, redirects and modifies a browser’s homepage, new tab and search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Searchvay(.)com Browser Hijacker |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Searchvay(.)com Browser Hijacker.|
Searchvay(.)com Hijacker – How Is It Spread
To be installed onto user systems, this program may pose as a useful application along with the installation of other free programs downloaded online. Such freeware is usually available on websites that provide many different programs in one place. Some of those third-party websites may use bundling and do not mind what type of programs they bundle, even if they advertise heavily, like the Searchvay(.)com browser hijacker.
Searchvay(.)com Hijacker In Detail
Once it has been installed on a computer, the program may modify the following registry keys of the unsuspecting user’s computer:
→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Folders] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
Besides those keys, it may target the registry entries of your web browser as well, because it may immediately change your home page to Searchvay(.)com:
In addition to those details, the suspicious search engine does not have its own database, and instead it redirects to a modified third-party. In this case, this is most likely Google Custom Search with Ads.
Not only this but this suspicious software may conceal several dangers from the user. The first danger is associated with the cookies it uses. Such can be utilized to collect different type of information from the user’s computer, like what you search for, where you click and what you browsed previously.
Since this information may be used by the hijackers to display different types of advertisements by suspicious third-party websites, it is considered indirectly dangerous. The content displayed might assume different kinds:
- Ad-supported search results.
- Intrusive browser redirects.
Since these advertisements may lead to different online locations, some of which may turn to be harmful(scams or malicious URLs), researchers recommend getting rid of this ransomware from your computer.
Remove Searchvay(.)com Browser Hijacker from Your System
In case you want to delete this hijacking software from your device, you should make sure to methodologically follow the instructions below. The manual instructions will help you discover and delete files associated with Searchvay(.)com hijacker from your computer, however, there may be some leftover objects because such programs usually create objects and files with random names and in different locations. This is why experts recommend following the automatic removal instructions illustrated below for maximum effectiveness. It is also advisable to choose an appropriate anti-malware software because it will not only remove the threat but will also protect you from future intrusions.