You cannot underestimate Chromesearch.win. While it does not look like a malicious threat – in fact, it looks more like a normal search provider – it has the ability to expose you to potentially unreliable content. Also, it could take over your web browser in an illegal manner. Our research team has recently analyzed this threat, and this report shows what was found. First and foremost, we have to note that this search tool is classified as a browser hijacker, which indicates that it modifies the browser in some way. The chances are that you will find this threat to have corrupted the homepage and/or the default search provider. Whether that is done with or without your knowledge, you need to consider deleting Chromesearch.win, and if you are not sure how to do that, please continue reading. This report can also help you understand why this seemingly-harmless search tool cannot be trusted.
According to our research, Chromesearch.win could be exposed to users in different ways. It is possible that some users will experience it as they are redirected to it. Unauthorized redirecting is illegal, and that should help you realize right away that this search tool is unreliable. Redirecting to this page could be initiated as you click on corrupted links or visit malicious websites, but it could also be linked to malware running on your operating system. This is the first reason to install a legitimate malware scanner and perform a complete system scan. You should also scan your system if you find the hijacker to have corrupted your web browser (most likely, Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer). This will help you figure out where the malicious components are, as well as if there are other threats linked to this devious browser hijacker. Needless to say, all threats detected by this scanner must be deleted from your operating system. Although we are focusing on the removal of Chromesearch.win in this report, much more dangerous threats might be active on your system, and that is what you need to keep an eye out for.
If you enter keywords into the search field presented via Chromesearch.win, you are automatically routed to Google Search, where search results corresponding to your keywords are shown. As we discussed already, unauthorized redirecting is illegal, so you should not ignore this fact. You should not assume that the results shown via this search provider are trustworthy either. Although the hijacker employs Google Search, a well-known and well-respected search tool, it can adjust the results to include sponsored content. Interacting with this content could be dangerous if the added links were representing unreliable websites. Needless to say, that is too big of a risk for a search tool that does not even work beneficially. If you enjoy Google Search – and it is a very good and reliable search provider – you should set it as your default search provider and/or homepage instead of Chromesearch.win. Of course, first, you need to remove this browser hijacker, and that might be easier said than done.
The instructions below show how to delete scheduled tasks and reset web browsers. Hopefully, that will be enough to successfully remove Chromesearch.win. Even if you were only redirected to this page once, you still should reset your browser, or, at least, clear the browsing data to ensure that the cookies that might have been placed by the hijacker are eliminated. You can clear browsing data via a menu that you launch by tapping Ctrl+Shift+Delete keys. This shortcut works on all three browsers that are represented in the guide below. What about other threats? As discussed previously, it is likely that Chromesearch.win has slithered into your operating system along with other threats. If that has happened, a legitimate malware scanner will help you find more about them. Or you can install an anti-malware tool straight away and have it scan and remove existing threats automatically. Do you know what to do? If you are still not sure as to what your next step is, start a discussion in the comments section.
Delete scheduled tasks:
Reset Internet Explorer:
Reset Google Chrome:
Reset Mozilla Firefox: