Most users like memes for a quick laugh; therefore, they may not even mind Search.memethat.co emerging in their browsers as new home page and new tab page. However, this search page is not all fun; unfortunately, it may pose a threat to your system security. Although this threat cannot be compared to major attacks, such as ransomware programs and the like, it may still cause some headaches for you. In fact, we have labeled this malware infection as a browser hijacker due to its basic trait. It is quite possible that you do not even recall installing this hijacker as your home page because it usually spreads through questionable channels and most likely not alone either. If you are planning to keep your virtual world safe and sound, we suggest that you do not hesitate to remove Search.memethat.co along with all other related and non-related malware threats as well. Please read our full article to find out more about this browser hijacker and how you can defend your system from similar attacks.
This browser hijacker comes from a family of hijackers that contain clones and very similar search engines, such as Search.searchrs.com and Search.searchemaila.com. These are not distributed through official sites as standalone applications but rather, via free software packages. Such third-party installers that pack several malware infections, including adware programs, hijackers, Trojans as well as potentially unwanted applications, are mostly spread by questionable websites related to file sharing, gaming, gambling, and porn. If you are not familiar with such pages, it is very easy to click on content that could result in your downloading a bundle of threats. Our research shows however, that this browser hijacker may come from other sources, too.
We have found that it is more likely that you install Search.memethat.co by clicking on third-party banner and pop-up ads that are generated by certain adware programs hiding on your system. This simply means that you must have let adware infections onto your computer previously. These infections are not only dangerous because they can display unreliable ads while you are browsing the net, but they can also hijack legitimate advertisements and take you to malicious websites. Clicking on such questionable ads could directly install this hijacker in your browsers but you may also drop a whole malicious bundle onto your system. If you want to make sure that your computer is safe for you to use again, we suggest that you scan your system with a proper malware scanner to find all other malicious applications after you remove Search.memethat.co from your infected browsers.
This malware infection tries to appear useful by giving you access to local weather forecast information as well as different pages of a meme-related website, memes.com, on a fake toolbar. Although there are four buttons assigned to seemingly different functions, such as "Featured Memes," "Most Popular," "Random," and "Meme Generator," these are all linked to the same meme website. We can say that this search page does not give you anything extra since you can simply use the built-in bookmarking function of your browsers if you want easy access to such pages. There is yet another feature this infection offers you below the main search field. This is a link labeled "Create Meme" that helps you build your own meme based on uploaded files. Obviously, you can do the same if you visit any official meme-related sites.
However, the worst thing about this malware is definitely its search engine. You need to know that whenever you send a keyword to this engine, it will redirect you to a modified Yahoo search results page that could contain unreliable content, such as unsafe third-party ads and links. These may come from cyber criminals who want to lure you onto their malicious websites to scam you in all kinds of ways. This is how a lot of users end up losing money from their bank accounts or infecting their computer with more malware programs. If you do not want to be one of the next victims of cyber criminals, we advise you to delete Search.memethat.co from your computer.
If you install this annoying browser hijacker from a bundle, it is quite likely that you will find an uninstaller in the installed programs list in your Control Panel. But it seems that this uninstaller does not remove Search.memethat.co from all affected browsers, namely from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. In order to make sure that there are no leftovers on your system, we suggest that you follow our instructions below that will give you the assistance you need to succeed if you decide to tackle this threat manually. When your system is infected with multiple threats, it is very important that you do not leave a single one on your computer. If manual removal could be difficult for you, we recommend that you employ anti-malware software to protect your PC automatically from all possible malware attacks.
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