This article aims to help you with the removal of Search.searchfstn.com redirect from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide to remove this nasty website completely from your PC.
Search.searchfstn.com website pushes a hoax search engine that is able to obtain your search queries and send them to its servers. It could land on the system unnoticeably with the help of shady distribution techniques. As a typical browser hijacker Search.searchfstn.com alters essential browser settings to replace the default search engine, homepage and new tab page with its main page. Afterward, you could experience redirects to Search.searchfstn.com during each browsing session.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The suspicious domain Search.searchfstn.com can be set as homepage and new tab page in each affected browser. Its rogue search engine replaces the default one.|
|Symptoms||The homepage and new tab page of affected browsers display the main page of Search.searchfstn.com hijacker. Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search.searchfstn.com |
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Search.searchfstn.com – Methods of Distribution
Search.searchfstn.com could infiltrate your system with the help of some shady techniques know to be used for the distribution of potentially unwanted programs like this one. Often the infection lands unnoticeably on the system by being part of a software bundle. Many vendors of free apps implement this practice as a way to monetize their projects. It allows them to incorporate additional potentially unwanted apps into the installers of their apps and set them to install by default. Such free and supposedly useful apps with extras are available for download on various websites across the net. During the installation process of such an app, you may unnoticeably install all extras along with the desired app. An efficient prevention of their installation is to choose the Advanced or Custom configuration options where you could find them and reject installation.
Search.searchfstn.com is likely to hijack frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
Search.searchfstn.com – More About Its Impact
Search.searchfstn.com redirect configures your new tab page, homepage and default search engine without asking for your permission. Afterward, the website starts to appear during each browsing session.
When you land on Search.searchfstn.com for the first time you may think that it provides a reliable search engine. In addition, it offers you an option to run a speed test and to see your current IP address.
However, Search.searchfstn.com is designed to use different tracking technologies to spy on your online behavior so it can then deliver you a lot of annoying advertisements that may be of your interest. So after a while your browser may become sluggish and at times completely unresponsive. You need to be very careful with all the banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links and all other kinds of ads you see in the affected browser as just a single click may land you on compromised web page that is set to deliver additional malware directly on your PC.
As stated in the policy the redirect is designed to collect both personally and non-personally identifiable information from all its users. So as long as you are using Search.searchfstn.com‘s services your consent for data collection is taken for granted. Which are the details about you, your system and browsing behavior stored on Search.searchw3w.com‘s servers? See bellow:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Search queries on the visited web pages
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
- Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system
The company owner of this annoying hijacker is Polarity Technologies. In fact, the company is a well-known distributor of websites with identical design all of which aim to hijack frequently used web browsers, acquire data and deliver advertisements.
Thier policy reveals that they can use the records of your data for advertising purposes or disclose them to third-parties of unknown origin. How these third-parties plan to use your data is not clear. Chances are that they are going to send yet another wave of intrusive ads in your browser or cause serious issues related to your privacy.
Remove Search.searchfstn.com Browser Hijacker
The steps listed below will help you to remove Search.searchfstn.com hijacker completely from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Safari browsers. In the guide that follows, you will also find how to remove this nasty program from your Windows system. There are two removal approaches – manual and automatic. In case that after the manual removal you still experience redirects to Search.searchfstn.com, you need to scan the system for some leftovers. With the help of an advanced anti-malware tool, you can easily locate and eliminate all leftovers.