Search.instantnewsnow.co looks like a legitimate search engine, but it is not. We have classified it as a browser hijacker because of the way its creators distribute it. It can replace your browser’s homepage address, new tab page, and search provider without your authorization. The fact that it does that makes this search engine inherently malicious. However, there is more to this hijacker than meets the eye. Our analysis has shown that it may show promotional links in its search results. We believe that some of those links can be unreliable and outright dangerous to your computer. Furthermore, this hijacker can collect information about you to customize the links you see. Indeed, this hijacker is all about generating web traffic to promoted sites to make money. Therefore, it is of no use to you, and you should remove it to avoid negative consequences.
Search.instantnewsnow.co functions like a real search engine but only because it redirects all entered search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine. We say modified because the search results can feature promoted links in them. Apart from that, this hijacker has a toolbar with links to various game-related websites. However, the promoted links featured among the search results can redirect you to shady sites that can feature content that may jeopardize your PC’s security. It is important to note that Search.instantnewsnow.co is hosted on two other URLs that include Search.instantnewsnow.co and Home.instantnewsnow.co. All three of these search engines are one and the same search engine. However, the reason for cloning them is unknown, but it may be an attempt to avoid getting detected by anti-malware scanners.
Our analysis has also shown that this particular browser hijacker has been configured to collect information about you and use it to show customized, personalized search results. The downside, however, is that the potentially malicious links are also tailored in an effort to generate more clicks that, in turn, generate more revenue. Our research has shown that this hijacker can collect information such as your browser type, operating system type, IP address, Internet Service Provider, approximate location, search terms entered, search history, and so on. It collects this information with the help of browser cookies and web beacons. All of this non-personally identifiable information can be quite useful as it can help this hijacker show you better promotional links you are more likely to click.
We have come to the conclusion that Search.instantnewsnow.co can come with and without an accompanying browser extension. We have found that you can get this search engine from the Chrome Web Store that installs this hijacker along with a dedicated browser extension. However, for Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox there is no browser extension. In any case, you can get this hijacker on all three previously mentioned browsers as a result of installing a malicious software bundle that was configured to inject Search.instantnewsnow.co into a browser secretly.
That is all of the information we currently have on Search.instantnewsnow.co, but it is sufficient enough to say that it is a malicious search engine and a browser hijacker set to subject you to questionable search results that can jeopardize your PC’s security. Therefore, we recommend that you remove this hijacker using the guide provided below.
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