A new browser hijacker associated with a suspicious search engine, known as slightsearch(.)ru has been reported to intrude users with advertisements. The browser hijacker is also reported to perform other activities such as redirect users to third-party websites and collect different types of information. Everyone who has experienced the abovementioned symptoms should immediately orient towards removing this cyber-threat.
|Name||Slightsearch(.)ru Browser Hijacker|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||May hijack the web browser of the user, changing its settings and displaying advertisements.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness various advertisements, PC slowdowns, system freezes and other types of content as well as changes in certain settings.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Slightsearch(.)ru Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Slightsearch(.)ru Browser Hijacker.|
How Is Slightsearch(.)ru Hijacker Spread
This browser hijacker may come in your computer in two forms:
- As a browser extension.
- As a program directly installed on the computer.
If it has arrived as an extension, you might want to consider the possibility of other malware or PUPs(potentially unwanted programs) that may have escalated privileges to manage your browser extensions. Not only this but you may also consider that you may have installed the extension believing it is useful.
The other method of arrival is directly on your PC via installers. Such installers are known as bundled, and they usually install free software users often search online. The software is usually represented as “A free extra to help you with…” problems that may exist for you. Most users tend to fast-click their way through the installer and hence miss such applications.
Slightsearch(.)ru In Detail
Once activated on your computer, the software may not be noticed initially. However, it may create multiple files in your ordinary most used Windows folders:
In addition to that, this program may also modify the Windows Registry Editor to prevent users from changing their home page, run on startup, deny uninstall and other activities.
When the website itself is analyzed, it has been established that it immediately causes browser redirect through another website, called searchtds(.)ru via a custom URL to go.mail.ru with no search results displayed for a given search:
Judging by the website searchtds(.)ru itself, it is most likely a paid web link, because the website is a pay-per-click advertiser:
Not only this, but both sites searchtds(.)ru and slightsearch(.)ru utilize different types of cookies that may collect certain system information.
Not only this, but the software may also display advertisements to third-party websites which may slow down your computer significantly.
Slightsearch(.)ru Browser Hijacker – Conclusion and Removal
The bottom line for this software is that it was most likely created for one and only purpose, profit via advertising. This includes pay-per-click schemes and generating hoax traffic to third-party sites. Since such websites may be risky to the user and may infect your PC with malware and more ad-supported applications, we strongly advise you to follow the step-by-step instructions below and get rid of this software.