When you roam the Internet, you should be careful to avoid the likes of Searchvaults.com. It is a search engine that could be set as your default homepage if you add some unnecessary application. As of now, this search engine is not very popular, but if you happen to encounter it, be sure to remove Searchvaults.com for good. We believe that such search engines are not immediate system security threats, but it could be associated with a number of undesirable complications. Hence, the sooner you remove all the potentially unwanted programs from your system, the better.
What’s more, if you have this search engine added to your browser, you probably have several other freeware programs installed, too. Now, why does this happen? This happens because these search engines obviously do not have direct distribution sources and they often travel in software packages. For instance, if you often download freeware from file-sharing websites, it would not be surprising to find Searchvaults.com on your browser. After all, freeware apps often come bundled with additional programs and features, and users often want to be done with the installation as quick as possible to notice information about these additional programs. Hence, even if you do not remember adding Searchvaults.com to your browser, it was probably your doing.
Now, you might think that it is not such a bad idea to keep Searchvaults.com on your browser because the search engine looks like a decent tool. It has shortcuts to such popular sites as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn, Booking.com, and others. So in a sense, it saves you the trouble (?) of keeping a bookmark bar on your browser. What’s more, you can also customize it because Searchvaults.com comes with the “Customize” menu. So at first glance, it might look like you have gotten yourself a rather useful tool (quite accidentally).
But this is where our security concerns creep in. The truth is that this search engine can employ tracking cookies to collect data on your web browsing habits. Of course, it is not sophisticated enough to steal your personal information, but Searchvaults.com can soon figure out the sites you frequent. And if you use the engine for your online searches, it can also log your search keywords. The more information about you it collects, the more custom advertisements you will see later on.
Of course, custom advertisements or modified search results are not evil by themselves. In some cases, they might also offer you something you need or want. But you can never be sure that the outgoing link you click leads you someplace safe. In other words, Searchvaults.com could be misused by cyber criminals to promote malicious content, and you need to avoid that.
Please remove Searchvaults.com right now, and then stay away from suspicious websites that could distribute corrupted freeware. If you think you may need some help and you cannot protect your system on your own, you can always invest in a legitimate security application that will safeguard your computer from various threats. Please bear in mind that your computer’s security should be one of your top priorities.
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