Search.alivesearch.com is not a new ordinary search provider. Specialists have noticed that it is another sub-domain of eAnswers. It is very similar to Searchtheweb.today, which was analyzed by our malware researchers some time ago. Search.alivesearch.com might appear on your web browsers out of the blue, but we do not call it a browser hijacker because, usually, users agree with the changes themselves. Most probably, Search.alivesearch.com has been set on your web browser because you have installed some kind of application/browser extension promoting it. Also, it might come as a redirect, specialists say. This search provider is not malicious, but you should not use it when there are so many reliable search tools available today. It is advisable to get rid of it if it has changed your browsers’ settings without your knowledge as well. It should not be a very complicated task to remove it from web browsers, but we are sure we would find users who have no idea where to start. We have prepared the manual removal guide exclusively for them.
Specialists working at 411-spyware.com say that Search.alivesearch.com should change homepages and New Tab settings on web browsers. Most probably, it is compatible with all popular web browsers (except Edge), including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, they say, but it might also come as a redirect. In other words, you might be redirected to it from another website. Search.alivesearch.com is not a malicious website, but if you have found it set on your browsers without your permission, we see no reason why you should keep it. Research has shown that this search tool is powered by Yahoo. This means that it should show Yahoo search results only. The search provider it is based on is known to be legitimate, but there is a possibility that Search.alivesearch.com will modify these search results a little and thus will provide you with the modified search results that contain sponsored links. No doubt their presence is one of the main drawbacks of Search.alivesearch.com. Well, technically, they are not considered malicious, but these links might redirect you to shady websites. All the problems begin here.
There is one more thing we believe you should know about Search.alivesearch.com. It automatically collects information about users. Luckily, it promises not to record any personally-identifiable information, including login names, telephone numbers, emails, and names, automatically. It will only automatically receive and record the so-called non-personally identifiable information. It includes such details as IP address, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), cookie information, etc. You will have to get rid of Search.alivesearch.com to make sure it no longer collects any information about you.
To tell you the truth, it is not easy to talk about the distribution of Search.alivesearch.com because there is still not much information available. Of course, specialists are well aware of the fact that a bunch of suspicious search tools are promoted by software users download from the Internet. Also, these applications/extensions might be distributed in software bundles. This is quite a popular distribution method that allows suspicious software developers to reach a wider audience. Of course, Search.alivesearch.com is not necessarily distributed by third-party software. As mentioned previously, it might also come as a redirect. For example, you might get redirected straight to Search.alivesearch.com after opening another website consciously. Also, a domain set as your homepage might automatically redirect you to this search tool every time the web browser is launched. If you are not happy about the presence of Search.alivesearch.com, you have a right to remove it completely. Do not postpone its removal if it makes you nervous.
If you see Search.alivesearch.com when you open your web browser, no doubt your browser’s settings have been altered. The quickest way to undo these changes would be to reset all affected web browsers to default settings. Alternatively, you can perform a system scan with an automated antimalware scanner. The latter is no doubt the quickest way to remove untrustworthy extensions/undo the undesirable changes applied to web browsers, but we can promise you that it will not be too hard to perform the browser reset by following our step-by-step instructions too. You can find the removal guide below.