You might think that Searchme.com is an average search engine, but the truth is that it is a browser hijacker whose purpose is to hijack your browser’s settings and replace its homepage address and possibly even the new tab page address. Its purpose is to impose itself on your browser to make you use it to search the web. Therefore, we recommend that you remove it from your browser as soon as the opportunity arises because the purpose of replacing your browser’s homepage is to make you view and compel you to click promotional ads featured in its search results. To generate more income, this hijacker is also set to gather anonymous information about you that is used to customize and tailor the links for each unique user.
A browser hijacker would not be a browser hijacker if you were allowed to choose whether you want it on your PC or not. We have classified Searchme.com as a browser hijacker because it comes bundled with malicious bundled software installers. These installers can be found on various shady free software-disseminating websites that bundle freeware with adware and browser hijackers to generate income. These installers have been designed to interact with your web browser while installing other software and place Searchme.com as the homepage and new tab page address.
We have found that Searchme.com is set to replace the homepage address of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Also, it should change the new tab page for Google Chrome as well. Take note that this particular hijacker does not hijack the browser shortcut’s Target line. Therefore, you can get rid of it rather easily. However, before we move on to its removal, we need to discuss some of its most concerning features.
In all honesty, you can use it as a regular search engine, and it will work as you would expect. However, we have a problem with the fact that it redirects all of the search queries you enter in its address box to a customized Yahoo search engine. It is customized because this hijacker’s developers can alter the search results by connecting to its advertising server. As a consequence, the search results feature promotional links. Since there is no information about its developer, we believe that Searchme.com’s search results can contain links to shady websites that can feature undesirable content such as adware, potentially unwanted programs, and dangerous malware. Also, it could even redirect to fake online shopping websites and clone websites that try to extract user passwords and logins. Therefore, we believe that using this hijacker as a search engine poses a risk to your computer’s security and your privacy.
We hope that this article has shed some light on the issues relating to Searchme.com. Evidently, this so-called search engine is bad news and will not help you to get better search results. Our research suggests that its search results can contain links to undesirable, shady websites that can feature potentially malicious content. Coupled with the fact that it replaces your browser’s homepage without your authorization and that it collects and shares information with third parties, we highly recommend that you remove it from your PC.
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