When users need to deal with potentially unwanted programs, they seldom realize there might be quite a few threats installed on their systems. Take Explorealways.com, for example. This “search engine” belongs to a browser hijacker that enters your system without your permission. If your default homepage was modified, you can be sure that there are many other unwanted apps on board, so this browser hijacker is a good sign that something has to be done about it. When you remove Explorealways.com from your computer, you should also look for other potential threats. The most efficient way to deal with that would be investing in a legitimate antispyware tool.
This browser hijacker is rather generic. It means that it employs the most common distribution methods, and there is nothing unexpected about it. Nevertheless, users still do not understand well how this program manages to enter their computers.
Our security researchers suggest that this browser hijacker can come bundled. It means that Explorealways.com gets distributed in software packages where at least several programs are bundled in one third-party installer. These installers can be downloaded from file-sharing websites.
The problem is that users often visit such sites when they look for particular applications. Free apps are always a lot more attractive than programs you need to pay for. So users think they can easily get away with downloading freeware from third-party sources. Unfortunately, these programs often come with additional software, and some of it could be quite dangerous.
Usually, it is possible to avoid installing Explorealways.com on your browser. You should be able to deselect this search engine if you were to check every single step of the installation wizard. However, we think that the tendency is to rush through the installation steps because they all seem to be either redundant or default.
As a result, the likes of Explorealways.com enter your system and change your default homepage on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Then the program starts collecting data on your web browsing history. You will not be aware of that because at first the aspects of this infection are not too clear. Some users may also think that it is a genuine search engine that works just fine, but that is very far from the truth. Although it may look like this engine provides you with relevant search results, most of those results will be processed through third-party servers, and they will be modified according to the data collected about your web browsing history.
In other words, Explorealways.com will try to expose you to custom content that you would feel obliged to click. For instance, if the content is related to your likes and preferences, perhaps you would find those links attractive. By clicking third-party links you help this browser hijacker make money, but the problem is that you get nothing in return. Worse: some of the outgoing links might lead you to malware-related websites because the browser hijacker does not review the third-party links and content that is promoted via its advertising space.
It is clear that you have to remove Explorealways.com from your system if you wish to restore your computer to the original order. Please do not forget to run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner because you will have to terminate other undesirable intruders, too.