A browser hijacking software associated with the website search(.)Xfinity(.)com has been reported by researchers to overload user PCs with advertisements and collect different information from their computers. The web page of the software is related to a company, known as Xfinity, a subsidiary of Comcast Interactive Media which is the digital media division of Comcast Corporation. The people behind the browsing hijacker software may have taken advantage of this search engine to use several browser toolbars which set the search engine as a homepage. This article explains how to remove this potentially unwanted program from your computer.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Modifies the home page of the web browsers installed on the affected machine, may change the page and may collect user information.|
|Symptoms||Sets the web page as a default for one or more web browsers by modifying the Windows Registry. Displaying of various advertisements. Slow PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or other PUPs|
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Search(.)Xfinity(.)com Browser Hijacker – How Does It Replicate
In order to be installed on the computers of unsuspecting users who do not need it, the Search(.)Xfinity(.)com browser hijacker takes different shapes:
- A Xfinity tv toolbar.
- Constant Guard toolbar.
- Xfinity Connect add-on.
These browser extensions may be added unwillingly via free programs downloaded from the web. One of those free programs may be your favorite torrent downloading software, media player or other useful freeware. If downloaded from third-party websites that provide a lot of software in one place, these installers may contain Search(.)Xfinity(.)com browser hijacker added in the form of such toolbars. It can be encountered somewhere along the installation process, for example:
- “Add Constant Guard Toolbar as a helpful tool to protect you online.”
- “Add Xfinity tv to help with your online multimedia experience.”
Users are strongly advised to opt-out of such additional applications while installing free software downloaded from third-party sites. The best method to find them is always to check the EULA agreement of the software they are installing and always choose the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options.
Search(.)Xfinity(.)com Hijacker In Detail
As soon as it has been installed on your computer, Search(.)Xfinity(.)com may be set as a homepage in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome web browsers. In addition to that, it may also hijack the new tab page as well.
In addition to that, the search engine itself displays results by Google and in combination with the browser hijacker, may also display ad-supported search results:
Furthermore, the search engine does not have HTTP’s encryption which presents a hypothetical threat to the user, since it allows not only the injection of scripts by third-party sites but also the usage of tracking software. It can be used to display targeted content and infect the computer with malware in a targeted attack.
And it is not even surprising as to how many third-party hosts collect user information via search(.)Xfinity(.)com:
This is an unusual amount of cookies being used, and those third-party websites who collect this information have their privacy policies, meaning that they may obtain and share your:
- IP Address.
- Online search history.
- Browsing history.
- Other non-personal and system information.
Experts consider software like the Search(.)Xfinity(.)com browser hijacker indirectly dangerous since it may display different advertisements or cause browser redirects to various third-party sites of unknown origin. Such sites may additionally collect information, slow down the computer of the user, different display scams or even redirect to malicious URLs that may infect the computer of the user with malware. This is why the removal of this unwanted program is strongly advisable.
Remove Search(.)Xfinity(.)com Software from Your Computer
In case you have decided that this program needs to be removed from your computer, we urge you to do it methodologically. One method is by following our step by step removal manual which is illustrated below. However, in case you lack the experience in removing unwanted programs, experts always advise using an advanced anti-malware scanning program. It will make sure to find all objects associated with it and other unwanted programs as well and protect your computer against future threats as well.
Manually delete Search(.)Xfinity(.)com from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Search(.)Xfinity(.)com threat: Manual removal of Search(.)Xfinity(.)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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