Do not be shocked if you are redirected to SearchShock.com when you open your browser. If that happens, it means you are infected with a browser hijacker that modifies your browser settings without permission. It does not mean that your computer is infected with dangerous malware applications. However, browser hijacking is often employed as a mean for malware promotion and distribution. Therefore, you need to remove SearchShock.com from the system as soon as possible to avoid even more serious threats. As an ultimate prevention tool use a licensed computer security application to scan your PC.
The disturbing fact about SearchShock.com is that this browser hijacker usually enters target computers with user’s permission. You may not be informed about the additional installation, but since there is no direct download link for SearchShock.com, this infection obviously travels bundled with freeware. Hence, unless users download and install bundled setup files or open adware-related websites, this browser hijacker would not enter the PC. Consequently, users need to be extremely careful when they download various applications from third-party file hosting sites. You always have to consider the fact that the program you are about to download might be bundled with additional software. If you must download an application, do it via its official homepage.
When SearchShock.com enters your system silently, it changes your default homepage and search engine. Some users may not even realize that they have been infected with a dangerous application because SearchShock.com looks like a genuine search engine. It even has such options as Web, Images, Video and News, but clicking them is not advisable. Based on our security research, sometimes when you click these options SearchShock.com randomly opens a new tab or window with commercial survey or adware-related website.
It is only part of the annoying activity you might expect from SearchShock.com. This browser hijacker will collect information on your web browsing habits. Such applications do that in order to expose you to custom commercial advertisements. What is more, SearchShock.com cannot even provide you with original search engine because, if you perform a web search via this browser hijacker, the search results are displayed via Couponsbar (search.coupons-bar.com). It only proves that SearchShock.com is closely related to adware and other potentially unwanted and dangerous software.
You need to restore your browser settings immediately and then delete SearchShock.com files from your system. It might be hard to do if you are not an experienced computer user. In such a case, you are strongly recommended run a full system scan with SpyHunter free scanner, and then invest in a powerful antispyware application that would terminate all the potential threats currently present on your system.
Do all it takes to protect your system from harm, and should you have any further questions about computer security, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment below.