Has the homepage of your web browser been replaced by Search.searchuts.com? If that was done without your knowledge, you must recognize it as a threat immediately, but what if you agreed to replace the homepage yourself? That does not matter because the reasons for removing this browser hijacker stay the same regardless of how it slithers in. Based on the research that was conducted by our malware analysts, we can say that deleting Search.searchuts.com is the smartest move. The problem is that this hijacker has a pretty convincing interface which makes the infection look like a genuine and useful search provider. In reality, that is not the case, and it appears that the hijacker only poses as a useful search tool to conceal silent activity, which is what we discuss in this report. Keep reading to learn all about the hijacker and its elimination.
The first thing you see when you face Search.searchuts.com are the easy-access links. They represent amazon.com, turbotax.intuit.com, navigation.nsgnav.com, mail.google.com, mail.yahoo.com, facebook.com, filebistro.com, and virustotal.com sites. Are these links malicious? Will you be routed to malicious sites when you click them? The good news is that these links are legitimate, and you will not get in trouble by interacting with them. That being said, we do not recommend interacting with them because we do not recommend interacting with the hijacker itself. Every single move you make is recorded by the data trackers employed by it, and, unfortunately, sensitive personally-identifiable information could be recorded as well. That would not be so bad if unknown parties were not given access to this information, and that is something we worry about the most. Note that other browser hijackers created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. (e.g., Search.searcheasysta.com or Search.searchbuscar.com) can be just as intrusive, and, therefore, also deserve removal.
You cannot ignore the fact that Search.searchuts.com redirects to search.yahoo.com either. Although Yahoo Search is a well-known search provider, the hijacker can add sponsored links, which makes the search results shown to you unpredictable. What if you click on a link representing an advertisement? Intrusive cookies could be installed, and you could be tricked into visiting more unreliable websites, downloading malicious software, or sharing private information. Although these are worst-case scenarios, you cannot dismiss them. Also, if you enjoy Yahoo Search, why don’t you replace Search.searchuts.com with it? After all, the hijacker only redirects to this search engine, and the links it promotes can be attached to your bookmarks bar. If a piece of software you install is not providing you with beneficial services, what is the point in using it? That is another good reason to remove the hijacker right away. If you are still not convinced that the hijacker should be eliminated, you can start a conversation in the comments section stating your concerns and questions.
Even if you are the least experienced user, we are sure that you can remove Search.searchuts.com because all it takes is a change in your homepage URL. The guide below shows how to eliminate the hijacker from the browsers it usually corrupts, and if you are trying to delete it from a different browser, you can mention this in the comments section so that we could add an additional guide for you. Also, it is important to inspect the operating system before eliminating the hijacker because it could be linked to a malicious threat. If you delete that threat, the hijacker might disappear along with it. In general, Search.searchuts.com usually travels bundled with malware, and it is important that you identify it before you initiate removal. Needless to say, you have to start the operation with the most dangerous infection first. You can make things easier for yourself by installing a trusted anti-malware tool. If you do, the protection of your operating system will be taken care of as well.