You might think that Search.searchfaa.com is a unique new search engine, but we want to inform you that this search engine is actually a browser hijacker dedicated to replacing your browser’s homepage address in an effort to make you use it for searching the web. If you use it, then your computer’s security can be compromised because this search engine’s search results are bound to contain links to shady websites that can turn out to be malicious. Apart from that, we have found that this hijacker can collect non-personally identifiable information about you and use it to customize the ads you see. All In all, this search engine is no good, so we recommend that you remove it from your PC entirely.
Search.searchfaa.com is a browser hijacker, so its primary objective is to hijack your browser’s homepage address and new tab page settings. Our research has shown that it can do that for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Its owners want you to use it to search the web, and if you do, then you will be subjected to many promotional links featured in its search results. The links are supplied by unknown sources, and there is no way to tell whether they are legitimate and safe. As with each browser hijacker you should be careful because some of the promotional links you see can be deceptive and redirect you to infected websites featuring malware, or phishing or scam sites. We want to note that this particular search engine was configured to redirect all entered search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine because it does not have its own search algorithm.
We also want to inform you that Search.searchfaa.com was configured to collect non-personally identifiable information about you automatically. Our research has revealed that this search engine can automatically obtain information such as your IP address, approximate location, browser type, operating system type, browsing history, entered search terms, and so on. The hijacker collects this information using browser cookies and web beacons. The collected information can be used for shady purposes such as customizing the search results you see as well as personalizing the promotional links. As you can see, this search engine is all about generating ad revenue, so do not expect it to deliver you a useful and reliable service.
As far Search.searchfaa.com’s distribution methods are concerned, we have found that its creator — Polarity Technologies — distributes it using software bundles. According to our research, you can get Search.searchfaa.com accidentally by installing bundled software from websites such as Filewon.com, Filewin.com, Malavida.es, Descargar.es. Software hosting sites such as these do not shy away from bundling freeware with browser hijackers and other malware to make some extra money. As a result, you can get a browser hijacker such as Search.searchfaa.com accidentally. Furthermore, the bundled installers might not allow you to deselect the installation of this hijacker and inject it into your browser by default.
In closing, Search.searchfaa.com is a highly unreliable, malicious search engine whose objective is to make money by subjecting you to promoted links that generate revenue when clicked. This hijacker also collects information about you to improve the ad campaign. However, you ought to decline Search.searchfaa.com and remove it instead. Please see the guide below on how you can do that.
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