If your browser’s homepage was changed to Searchgoog.ru, then we have some bad news for you. Your browser has been infected with a browser hijacker, and you need to remove it in order to restore your computer’s security. Luckily, getting rid of it is not difficult at all, but if you believe that there is nothing wrong with this allegedly legitimate search engine, then we invite you to read this article, and you will see just how untrustworthy it is and how it can compromise your computer’s security. Therefore, we invite you to read this article in its entirety.
The company that made this hijacker is unknown and Searchgoog.ru does not feature its name on any of its legal documents. Therefore, it is evident that it comes from a shady bunch of developers that intentionally hide in the shadows to avoid responsibility for promoting malicious content. We have discovered that Searchgoog.ru has a clone known as Mysearchengine.ru which leads us to believe that we will see more similar hijackers being released in the near future.
Additional research has revealed that this new browser hijacker is currently being distributed through malicious bundled installers that apart from installing the primary software, also install additional software, but do that in secret and that is how Searchgoog.ru could have ended up as your browser’s homepage. We have received unconfirmed reports that it might come with a dedicated browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Browser extension or not, the way this hijacker is being distributed is nothing short of malicious because you cannot decide whether you want it or not by yourself. Now, these malicious bundled installers that can feature Searchgoog.ru are most likely featured on low-grade, lesser-known software hosting websites, but it looks like this hijacker is not distributed on one for too long and is moving from site to site constantly.
We argue against using this hijacker as a search engine not only because it is designed to replace your browser’s homepage address in a deceptive manner, but also because its search results are bound to feature promotional links and commercial advertisements. This fact could not be any more obvious because Searchgoog.ru already features a banner ad below its search box. This banner can also feature links to shady and even malicious websites, so we do not recommend clicking it. Now, even though this hijacker is designed to use Google Custom search (and even looks like Google to deceive its users), its search results can be customized to accommodate additional and possibly dangerous promotional links that can redirect to scam sites, fake online shopping sites, and websites that host malware along with pirated content. Therefore, we conclude that Searchgoog.ru is a potential security threat to your PC.
Not only that, but it can also pose a threat to your privacy as well because we have found that this hijacker is designed to collect certain information about you. We have discovered that like all browser hijackers, Searchgoog.ru was configured to gather certain information about you in an effort to present you with more relevant advertisements that reflect your personal interests. However, this is of no benefit to you as the advertisements can still be unreliable. The motivation behind customizing the advertising campaign is to generate as much income as possible. In short, Searchgoog.ru is set to gather anonymous information such as your browsing history, entered search queries, IP address, and so on. Nevertheless, you should not allow it to collect this information as it is used for dishonest advertising practices.
That is all of the information currently available about this newly released hijacker. As you can see, it is distributed through deceptive distribution channels, it is designed to generate income by showing you ads and promotional links and is also designed to gather information about you to make more money. If you have it in your browser and want to remove it, follow the guide below.
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