The SearchZilla Search redirect is a new web threat which we have received security reports about it. It is being spread using a multitude of delivery mechanisms and once it is installed on a given computer it will execute a lot of malicious actions. It can hijack data, modify system settings and deploy other threats.
|Name||SearchZilla Search redirect|
|Short Description||SearchZilla Search is a web page, caused by a browser hijacker. It is unwanted, because it may lead you to dangerous sites.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser may start to behave in a strange way. You may receive redirects and other types of ads and your PC’s performance may sharply decline.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by SearchZilla Search redirect |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SearchZilla Search redirect.|
SearchZilla Search Redirect Overview
The SearchZilla Search redirect is a malicious version of a browser extension which is distributed by an unknown hacking group. While there may be a legitimate and safe extension many copies of a malicious version are being uploaded on various Internet sources. The threat is classified as a browser hijacker — it will modify the settings of the installed web browsers and also possibly install various malware. The main goal of these type of threats is to manipulate the users into thinking that they have installed a safe plugin into their browsers. According to the information we received at the moment the main infection strategy is to upload the necessary plugins on extension repositories and download sites. This is often done with fake developer credentials, user reviews and an elaborate description promising new feature additions or optimizations.
Other distribution methods can be the sending or linking the SearchZilla Search redirect in phishing and social engineering campaigns. This is usually done via email messages or websites where various companies and services can be impersonated. The files can be linked or directly served to the visitors. Many of these virus sources are hosted on domain names that sound familiar and may even include self-signed certificates which gives a false sense of security. Furthermore the files may be spread on file-sharing networks as well where pirate and legitimate data is freely distributed between Internet users.
When the SearchZilla Search redirect is installed on a given browser its settings will be changed: the default search engine, new tabs page and home page. In many cases what follows afterwards as malware actions will depend on the individual hacker instructions or the local machine conditions.
The most common consequence of having such a threat installed on a computer is the deployment of tracking cookies — they will monitor the users actions and report all of their interactions automatically to the owners of the redirect. The SearchZilla Search redirect will also mimic legitimate search engines and attempt to fool the visitors that they are using a safe page. The links posted on the home page may lead to affiliate (ad-sponsored) or even phishing sites and landing pages.
Interaction with such sites will also have a high risk of installing other malware threats. The most frequent type of virus is the cryptocurrency miner — a small script which can be executed from within the browser session. It will download a sequence of resource-intensive tasks which will be run on the local computers. They will take a heavy toll on the system’s performance: the CPU, memory, hard disk space, graphics card and network speed. For every completed and reported result the hackers will receive cryptocurrency reward directly in their wallets. Alternative infections include ransomware which are file-encrypting viruses. They target user data and certain system files which they will lock and rename with a certain extension. The victims will then be blackmailed and manipulated into paying the hackers a certain sum to access their data. Advanced infections can also lead to Trojan infections — they will connect the compromised machines to a remote server and allow the criminals to take over control of the computers, steal valuable data and take over control at any time.
How to REMOVE SearchZilla Search
The removal of SearchZilla Search may be a very tricky process, because of the fact that the unwanted program introducing this scam page may have files spread all of your hard drive. This is the main reason why we strongly advise you to follow the removal steps below. They are made so that if the problem persists after step 1 and 2, you can use a powerful anti-malware software(recommended). Be advised that security professionals often advise victims to remove this adware via an advanced anti-malware program. This will help save you significant time and will make sure that all of the persistent files and objects of SearchZilla Search are fully gone from your PC.