Imali Media is at it again, and they have recently released a new browser hijacker and they called it — Easysearchit.com. Contrary to what its developers would like you to believe, this search engine is not safe to use because it features shady links in its search results. Furthermore, it can get onto your computer without your knowledge or authorization because it is disseminated in a highly malicious manner. This hijacker is part of a larger web monetization campaign that aims to generate advertising revenue. The developers make a fortune while you are stuck with viewing modified search results that are set to benefit someone else and not you.
From the outset, it was evident with what we are dealing with. Easysearchit.com was created by the infamous Imali Media, a web monetization company that offers its clients advanced web monetization possibilities, or so it is claimed. In reality, Imali Media is a malware developer, and its products should be treated as such. You can check this company’s website at Imali.media if you want to take a look at how they present themselves.
This company bundles its hijackers with malicious third-party software installers hosted on various questionable free software distributing sites. Our researchers have revealed that the bundled installers it can come with were configured to inject Easysearchit.com directly or via a browser extension secretly while installing other software. As a consequence, it replaces the browser’s homepage address without warning or permission. It can do this for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, so it can and has infected many computers.
Easysearchit.com comes from an established browser hijacker family. Therefore, there are many similar hijackers such as Search.newtab-mediasearch.com, Funkytvtabssearch.com, and Toptvtabsearch.com. All of them have been designed to replace the browser’s homepage. They work as search engines rather well. However, the problem is that their search results were set to include a lot of promotional links that were disguised as regular search results. The promoted content comes from unknown entities, and there is no reason to believe that it is safe. Shady advertisers and web monetization companies work hand in hand to generate revenue, subjecting you to questionable and even dangerous content in the process. In some cases, your PC might become infected with spyware, ransomware, and so on.
“The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, the type of browser you used to visit our site (such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox), the time at which you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.”
This information does not look like much to go on, but it is rather useful in determining what ads to show to you. Also, this hijacker will collect information you provide voluntarily. Information such as your “name, email address, country of origin, and, if you choose, your nickname, telephone number, website, company, and title.” It can also be collected if you agree to provide it. We urge you not to, however, and suggest removing this hijacker as soon as the opportunity arises.
In summary, Easysearchit.com is an unreliable search engine that comes from an established browser hijacker developer. It is distributed in a manner that gets it on your PC secretly. It presents ad-supported search results that can redirect you to shady websites and it can collect personal and non-personally identifiable information about you to customize the ad campaign to make more money. If you want to remove it from your PC, you can make use of the guide below.
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