As you may be able to assume from its name, Searcheo.fr is a French search engine; however, what may not be that obvious at first sight is that this addition to your browsers could put your virtual security at risk. We have discovered that this is indeed a browser hijacker that is very similar to Yougoo.fr, Wibeez.com, and Iadah.net, which are also hosted on the same server. This French hijacker may introduce you to unreliable third-party contents through the search results it may show you. But this is only one part of your problems because this infection may also come on board along with other malicious software installers. This means that finding this hijacker in your browsers could indicate the presence of other infections as well. If you want to restore your virtual safety, we suggest that you remove Searcheo.fr and all other potentially harmful applications, too.
A lot of users do not even notice that a new home page appeared in their browsers because this hijacker may not be the first one they have encountered. Therefore, if you do not consider such search engines a real threat, you may simply ignore that “yet another search engine” thought. You may not even remember how or when you installed this browser hijacker. This is only possible because this malware infection spreads via freeware bundles. Of course, it is also possible that you install it directly after clicking on the wrong third-party content, but we have found that it is more likely that this threat enters your computer in a bundle. This software package could contain a number of malware programs, including adware applications, Trojans, fake warnings, browser hijackers as well as potentially unwanted programs. Imagine letting such a package running amok on your system. This is why it is so important to know how it is possible for you to end up with a bundle.
Our experience indicates that the direct reason for this browser hijacker to appear in your browsers is that you click on unreliable third-party content. This content could be an advertisement or any fake button (download, next-page, and previous-page) and fake system alerts. You can be exposed to such contents in two possible ways. First, if you have previously let malware infections such as adware programs and browser hijackers onto your system, you could be presented with a flow of unsafe ads whenever you go surfing the web or use a questionable search engine promoted by a hijacker. Second, whenever you are searching the web for anything “free” (software, movies, books, and music), there is high likelihood that you will find a number of fake and malicious websites right on the first page of results even if you use a reputable mainstream search engine, such as Google. Imagine what can happen when you use a totally no-name engine such as Searcheo.fr. If you find yourself on an unfamiliar file-sharing site, you can easily click on something that is not what it seems and you could download a bundle of malicious installers. For this reason, we believe that it is very important that you scan your system with a reliable malware scanner after you delete Searcheo.fr from your browsers.
This French search page can appear in your browsers after this hijacker changes your home page settings. In addition to the main search box, you can also find eight thumbnail links that seemingly lead to popular websites, including Facebook, Orange, and Deezer. However, clicking on these images will only redirect you to a page like searcheo.fr/conseil/sfr that contains a number of links in the related topic and, of course, a search box. We do not advise you to use this search engine because the results it may show you could contain unsafe third-party ads as well as unreliable links pointing to malicious websites. This is possible because cyber crooks may exploit this browser hijacker. Unfortunately, this search engine may also be able to collect information about your browsing habits, which can be used to target you with customized ads and links. This is what makes it even more dangerous because seeing ads and websites that would seem relevant to you or important could make you want to click on them. However, you will not know whether they come from reliable or malicious sources. If you do not want to let more infections on board or get scammed by criminals, we suggest that you remove Searcheo.fr ASAP.
It seems that it is enough for you to change the home page settings in the affected browsers to get rid of this potential threat. If you are unfamiliar with the necessary steps, please use our guide below as a reference. This should not take more than just a few minutes even if you are not an experienced computer user. Since preventing malware programs from entering your computer is extremely important if you want to use your PC in security, we recommend that you install a decent malware remover so that your system would be automatically protected.