Search.mynewswire.co is a search engine that, as we found, is currently being dishonestly distributed. As a result, it can enter your computer without your knowledge or consent and, therefore, we advocate for its removal. However, it does not hijack your browser’s settings without a reason. Our research has revealed that it comes from a well-established browser hijacker developer known as SaferBrowser, which means that it is bound to feature promotional links in its search results. In fact, subtle advertising is this fake search engine’s primary objective as it makes money for its developers.
There so doubt about the fact that SaferBrowser is a company that is in the online advertising business. Since first observing this company we have seen nothing other than browser hijackers coming from it. As a result, this company has now close to a hundred browser hijackers. The older ones may not be active now, but Search.mynewswire.co has many simultaneously distributed clones that include but are not limited to Search2.searchlson.com, Search.searchtrmypa.com, and Search.searchlen.com. Now, on that note, let us take a look at how this recently released browser hijacker is being disseminated.
However, before we move on to its malicious distribution method, we would like to point out that it is officially featured on a dedicated distribution at Mynewswire.co, a website that hosts the download of an extension called MyNewsWire, but it only works on Internet Explorer even though you can initiate its download for Firefox and Chrome. We think that the extension is simply not compatible with these two browsers, so it does not install at all, which is just as well. When you install it on Internet Explorer, it does not appear in its list of browser add-ons but rather as an application that you can uninstall via Control Panel. When you install this extension at your initiative, then it is all good. However, our research has revealed that certain adware-type applications promote this hijacker’s browser extension using pop-up ads. If you click the pop-up advertisement, then MyNewsWire’s download will initiate automatically, without your consent.
Once on your computer, regardless of the distribution method, MyNewsWire will interact with Internet Explorer and set Search.mynewswire.co as the default homepage and new tab page, actually forcing you to use it. Now, you can change the homepage address and, by extension, the new tab page address via the browser’s settings, but if you fail to do that, then we want to inform you that you might experience undesirable consequences.
Testing has revealed that, like its clones, this browser hijacker is configured to redirect all search queries to a modified Yahoo.com search engine. So you will essentially be using Yahoo.com but with the added “benefit” of additional promotional links that will are displayed among the regular search results. The additional promotional links should be featured at the bottom of the search results which is where the regularly promoted links are displayed. However, there is no way to tell whether a promoted link comes from Yahoo or Search.mynewswire.co. We want to clarify that this hijacker is capable of promoting shady websites that feature downloads of malicious software. So, when it comes to its search results, you can never be too careful.
As you can see, Search.mynewswire.co is not a real search engine as it uses the services of Yahho.com to process the search queries. It is an advertising tool and, above all, a browser hijacker set to modify your browser’s settings without your approval. Without a doubt, Search.mynewswire.co is a potential security threat, but never fear because you can remove it quite easily. Please follow the instructions below that involve uninstalling MyNewsWire and setting a new homepage address.
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