If you have noticed that your browser’s homepage address was somehow changed to Polarisearch.com, then we want to inform you that you probably got it when you were installing a shady software bundle because that is how it is distributed. We consider this search engine unreliable and suggest removing it because it was created by an infamous company known to develop browser hijackers. However, this search engine is not a browser hijacker but, nevertheless, it was designed to show promoted links in its search results. Indeed, its search results are ad-supported, and our research suggests that some of its promoted links can come from shady sources.
Let us jump right into it. Our research suggests that Polarisearch.com is distributed using third-party software installers that inject it into your browser while installing other software. We think that it should be compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. We have found that the third-party installers inject his search engine if you fail to deselect its installation when configuring the installation wizard. As a result, it will replace your browser’s homepage address. If you use it as a regular search engine, we want to inform you that it was configured to process the entered search queries through a modified Google Search engine. Our research suggests that the search result can sometimes include unreliable promotional links that redirect you to scam websites or sites that feature malicious software. It is important to understand that Polarisearch.com was created for adverting purposes, so it will not provide you with search results that will benefit you.
We have found that it can gather non-personally identifiable information about you and use it to modify the ad campaign that would generate more advertising revenue. Our research shows that Polarisearch.com was configured to keep tabs on you by collecting information such as your IP address, approximate geographical location, browsing history, search queries entered, browser type, operating system type, and so on. It uses browser cookies to obtain this information and collecting it is entirely legal, but harmful to you since Polarisearch.com is a malicious search engine.
This search engine is malicious because it can promote links that can redirect you to scam and infected websites. But where does it come from in the first place? We have found that it was developed by Polarity Technologies LTD based in Cyprus, a company that develops browser hijackers and distributes them via malicious software bundles that install them without the user’s knowledge. However, Polarisearch.com is different because you can deselect its installation. Hence, it is not a browser hijacker, but an unreliable search engine nonetheless.
We hope that you found this short description informative. As you can see, Polarisearch.com only poses as a safe and reliable search engine (as they always do). However, our research has made it clear that it comes from an unreliable source and is prone to showing shady promotional links in its search results and gather information about you to improve the ad campaign. We recommend that you remove Polarisearch.com from your browsing and if you do not know how to do that, we recommend that you remove this search engine ASAP.
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