If you find yourself on a Yahoo search results page after running a web search, it is possible that Searchy.info has managed to sneak onto your system. This is a browser hijacker that may redirect you to possibly modified Yahoo results pages. Although, it seems that currently this questionable search engine is down, we believe that it is important to share with you what we have found out about this hijacker so that you can possibly avoid the next malicious attack. Since this infection may bring other malicious software installers on board and it can also introduce you to potentially unreliable third-party content, we suggest that you remove Searchy.info from your browsers. Please continue reading our report to learn more about this hijacker and ways to avoid it.
We cannot tell you with certainty which browser extension could be responsible for this browser hijacking; therefore, we cannot provide you with an official website in this case. However, it is more likely anyway that you infect your computer with this threat via questionable methods. It is possible, for example, that you click on a corrupt third-party advertisement or a modified search result link and you directly install these browser changes. Unfortunately, it can be worse, too. You may click on third-party ads that can drop a whole bundle of malware threats onto your system.
It is important for us to mention that you can be exposed to such ads in a couple of ways. First of all, there could be adware programs, browser hijackers, or even potentially unwanted applications on your system that may all be capable of displaying questionable third-party content or even redirect you to malicious websites. This is why it is essential that you regularly run a reliable malware scanner on your system to have up-to-date information about the level of vulnerability. Another way for you to encounter such ads is to land on a suspicious website that hosts them. Such pages include file sharing, gaming, dating, and porn sites. You should stay away from any of these if you do not want to drop bundles of threats onto your machine even by accidentally clicking anywhere on the page. We suggest that you run a trustworthy malware scanner after you delete Searchy.info from your browsers in order to detect all other possibly harmful programs as well.
It seems that Searchy.info is down temporarily so instead of ending up on a modified Yahoo search results page, you get redirected to freshy.com, which is also a webpage that is not functioning. In any case, you should know that this browser hijacker changes your home page settings in all your major browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer as well. All your web searches will be redirected through Services.Searchy.info to a Yahoo search results page when this web server is working properly. Unfortunately, you could be introduced to questionable third-party advertisements and links when landing on a manipulated search results page even if it is as reputable as Yahoo is. If you click on unsafe content however, you could drop further infections onto your system or open malicious pages on new tabs or in new browser windows. If you want to protect your PC, we suggest that you remove Searchy.info as soon as possible.
If you want to eliminate this annoying threat, you should reset all your affected browsers. It is possible that you have never had to do this before and you do not have a clue how to proceed. Therefore, we have included the necessary steps below. If you follow our instructions, you should be done in a few minutes. Keep in mind that when you reset your browsers, you actually set them to factory default; therefore, all your preferences and extensions will be gone. If you want to defend your PC from similar or even worse malicious attacks, we recommend that you download and install a powerful anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter. But even if your computer is protected with an up-to-date security tool, it is important that you remember to update all your programs and drivers for best results.