It seems that there is no day passing without another risky search engine like Search.searchlff.com appearing on the web. No matter how new and fresh this search engine is, to us it is very well-know already because it comes from an endlessly growing browser hijacker family that includes Search.searchdp.com, Search.directionsandmap.com, and Search.searchlivesp.com among dozens of other similar as well as identical malware threats. Practically, this browser hijacker does not give you anything useful even if it displays its earmark, the fake toolbar featuring quick-links to popular mail servers and websites. We always advise you to use the built-in bookmarking function of you browsers if you want quick access to certain preferred sites. This infection may also introduce you to unreliable third-party content through the search results it shows you. If this were not enough, it is possible that this hijacker enters your system in a company of malware threats, which could mean multiple security issues. We advise you to remove Search.searchlff.com from your browsers as soon as you notice this search page.
Although most users may think that such a malware infection spreads in mysterious ways and shows up out of the blue, this is partly true. In fact, it can actually feel like it sneaks onto your system without your knowledge, but you need to know that you are indeed the one who infects your machine with a click on the wrong content. It is possible not to notice the moment of the infection because you may simply click on a third-party pop-up ad, such as a fake update notification, or a modified search result link generated by a browser hijacker, and directly install this threat. Another more worrisome possibility is that you would install it in a freeware bundle because that way you can let a number of malware infections onto your system. Such bundle installers can be so tricky and deceiving that you would forget or fail to see the option to say no to browser setting changes or the installation of additional applications. This is why we emphasize that you need to read all the steps of an installation wizard carefully and always go for the custom option if there is one.
The most likely way for you to end up with a malicious bundle on your system is to try to download free programs and files from suspicious sources, such as torrent and shareware pages. These are the sites that mostly promote questionable installers packing malicious programs alongside probably working free software. Another bit of bad news about landing on such pages is that these are filled with questionable third-party content, too. Should you make the mistake of engaging with such content, you could easily infect your system with a package of browser hijackers, adware programs, fake alerts, and more. If you want to be on the safe side, you should delete Search.searchlff.com right now and do the same with the rest of the potentially harmful programs on your PC. If you are not able to find these manually, you can always use a free online malware scanner that you can trust.
You can easily spot this browser hijacker and all its siblings because they have the same fake toolbar at the top of the search page. Of course, most of the time the offered features, i.e., the quick-link buttons are different or mixed, but it is also possible that these are totally identical. In any case, this toolbar is completely useless to you because you can easily bookmark any preferred page using the reliable related function of your browsers. This infection also offers you, as its main feature, a search engine, which could introduce you to questionable content. Below the search box you can also see a new feature that has emerged only recently on the main page of these hijackers, i.e., a panel of thumbnails you can either hide or show with one click. This panel promotes taxation-related pages as well as popular sites, including Facebook and Amazon.
Returning to the questionable search engine, we must tell you that this hijacker redirects your queries to a modified Yahoo search results page that can contain promoted third-party ads and links that may be unreliable and thus risky to engage with. You will not be able to tell the difference though between a legitimate ad or link and an unsafe one. This is why it is not safe to click on anything that comes from this browser hijacker. In fact, as we have already emphasized, we recommend that you remove Search.searchlff.com from your browsers.
Our tests show that this hijacker may only modify your home page settings. This makes it sort of obvious that you simply need to change your home page settings in the browsers this threat affects. Please follow our instructions below if you plan to take care of this issue manually. But do not forget about the rest of the malware infections that could be still endangering the normal operation of your system. We advise you to apply a reliable anti-malware program to handle this automatically and to safeguard your PC from future malware attacks.