Audiovisualizer Search is a browser hijacker that may enter your computer together with a browser extension. It is not a malicious computer infection, but if you want to keep your system safe, you should seriously consider removing it for good. While you are at it, perhaps you should scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner because we believe that you have more than just one unwanted application installed. Potentially unwanted programs travel in groups, and so you will do yourself a favor if you run a full-fledged diagnostic scan. Should you have more questions, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment.
Some users may have gotten this browser hijacker via the Chrome Web Store. We have seen reports that say the extension that carries the hijacker used to be available out in the open. However, when users encounter an unfamiliar application, they are more likely to ignore it. Hence, we believe that the main distribution method employed by Audiovisualizer Search is bundled downloads. Bundled downloads refer to software packages that users can download from freeware distribution websites. It is very common for third-party installers to bundle several applications together, and it is even more often that users download and install more programs than they intend.
Therefore, it is very likely that you added the Chrome extension which brought Audiovisualizer Search along totally accidentally. It is actually possible to avoid such intruders if you remain attentive during freeware installation. Installation wizards usually give you the chance to deselect the unwanted applications, but skipping installation steps and breezing through the setup eventually results in having a ton of unnecessary software on your PC. Of course, we are lucky that for the most part, those programs are annoying nuisances rather than genuine infections. But we have to remember that unwanted applications can always escalate into something more serious.
The main security concern about this browser hijacker is that it modifies your default search engine. All your search queries will be redirected to third-party websites like my-search.com and go2searching.com. It will also look like it is not a big deal because eventually, you will land on the Google Search page, but please bear in mind that you are very likely to see modified search results there. Browser hijackers tend to collect information about your browsing habits, and then they use that information to generate custom commercial content. This content can be presented to you within modified search results.
The point is that Audiovisualizer Search gets paid each time you click the promoted link. And while it might seem like an innocent activity, sometimes browser hijackers could be exploited by malware distributors to promote their content, too. Therefore, there is always a chance that through browser hijackers, you could get infected with severe programs, or your personal information could be stolen.
This is the main reason we strongly recommend removing Audiovisualizer Search today. Since it is not hard to terminate this application manually, please follow the manual removal instructions below. For full system check-up, please consider scanning your PC with a licensed antispyware tool.