ChromoSearch.com is a new search engine “on the block” that offers you “fast blazing speed” and “context-based search results”; or so it claims. However, we have found that this is just another unreliable search engine that can put your virtual security at risk. Our research indicates that this malware infection mainly spread in the USA. This search engine may look totally innocent to you until you realize that it can enter your system with other malware infections and may also introduce you to unreliable third-party web content. If you do not want to drop more malware infections onto your system or end up being scammed by criminals and lose money, we recommend that you remove ChromoSearch.com from your affected browser before it is too late. In order to learn more about this infection and how you can stop similar attacks, please continue reading our full report.
The way of getting infected with search engines and browser hijackers is practically identical: It requires a single click on the wrong content. Let us tell you in more detail how you can be presented with such content. First, it is possible that your computer was infected some time ago with malware, such as adware programs and browser hijackers or even potentially unwanted programs. All of these infections are capable of generating third-party ads that could be unsafe to click on. One click could easily drop a package of malicious installers onto your computer containing this search engine as well.
Second, you may visit questionable websites from time to time even if it is totally incidental. You can easily land on suspicious torrent or freeware sites if, for example, you are searching the web for free software to download. What you may not be aware of is that even if you use one of the most popular search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, you could find malicious and fake websites offered as search results. If you are an inexperienced computer user and cannot distinguish between legitimate file-sharing and illegal websites, there is a good chance that you get redirected to a harmful page where one click can again drop a bundle full of malware infections onto your machine. If you are in doubt as to how this search engine appeared on your computer, we advise you to delete ChromoSearch.com and use a free online malware scanner you can trust to detect all other infections as well.
This new questionable search engine has been found mostly spreading in the United States; however, this does not mean it cannot infect anyone, anywhere. We have also discovered that this infection only affects Google Chrome browsers and most likely spreads via bundles containing Chrome browser extensions. While this search engine may appear to be totally fine and innocent, you need to know that it may hold some unpleasant surprises for you. Our tests show that this infection may display third-party advertisements that could be unreliable. Also, whenever you search through this tool, you may end up on a manipulated search results page that could contain potentially unsafe advertisements and hyperlinks.
If you click on a content that may come from cyber criminals exploiting this search engine to promote their own malicious websites, you could be redirected to websites that may not be what they seem. In other words, you may land on a fake webshop site where you could reveal your credit card details in the hope of purchasing a product of your liking for a very cheap price. We hope that you can see now the danger in all this. Of course, there could be a number of different ways how you could be scammed to disclose your personal details, too. If you do not want to become the next victim of cyber crooks, we suggest that you step up now and remove ChromoSearch.com ASAP.
If you want to make sure that no leftovers remain after this malware attack, we recommend that you reset your Google Chrome browser. It is possible that you have never done this before, so we have prepared a guide for you below. This is really not too difficult and you can easily accomplish it in a minute even if you are not an IT expert. Please keep in mind that this may not fully clean your computer of all possible infections. This is why we suggest that you download and install a reliable anti-malware application. It is very important that you make sure that it is a reputable security tool because the web is filled with fake software that could cause even more security-related issues for you.