Browser hijackers are the most annoying malware you can encounter. They are distributed in a malicious manner and designed to hijack your browser’s homepage and other settings. Seargoo.com is also a browser hijacker, and you should remove it because it can replace your homepage address. In this article, we will cover everything from its functionality to distribution, to removal. The reason we find it malicious is that its distribution method involves modifying your browser’s settings without your consent. Furthermore, we find it dangerous because its search algorithm may be modified to include promotional links of unreliable nature. In other words, it is a threat to your computer’s security, and it should be dealt with accordingly.
While some browser hijackers are distributed with the help of dedicated browser extensions that host them, others rely on third-party installers to get them on a computer. The latter is true of this particular hijacker because it does not have a browser extension to be distributed with. Our research suggests that it comes in shady software installers. The installers that feature this hijacker are nothing short of malicious because they can inject Seargoo.com into your browser without your knowledge or consent. Indeed, we have found that installers featured on freeware hosting websites do not allow you to deselect its installation. This is a common practice among malware browser hijacker developers to arrange their hijackers to be hosted on shady software distributing websites.
Evidently, the software installers it comes with interact with your web browser while it installs the main software package and sets this hijacker as the homepage address. To our knowledge, this particular hijacker is compatible with Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. Interestingly, you cannot visit Seargoo.com directly as it is the type of hijacker to which other browser hijackers redirect. In other words, when you enter a search query in the search box of Fasttoonew.com or Stadsear.com/newsearch and click Search, then they will redirect the search query to Seargoo.com. However, it is not a real search engine because it uses Google Custom Search to process the search queries you have entered to present results.
Now, Seargoo.com would not be a proper browser hijacker if it did not modify the search results to display ads which it does. Indeed, it is all about advertising revenue because otherwise there would not be a reason for this hijacker to exist. We have found that its search results are modified and designed to accommodate promotional links that generate advertising revenue when clicked. The links come from unknown sources and might be unreliable and even malicious. Truth be told, you cannot be certain whether the links are safe to click until you click them. However, browser hijackers are more than likely to promote shady content and Seargoo.com is no exception.
Now, in order to make more money, this hijacker’s developers have configured it hijacker to collect information about you. This information is of anonymous nature, so no personal information is collected. However, you should consider that it can obtain your IP address and, by extension, your approximate geographical location, Internet Service Provider, search queries entered, browsing history, and so on. This and other information is used to customize the ads to fit the interests of the unique user and make more money as a result.
As you can see, Seargoo.com is a mere browser hijacker that replaces your browser’s homepage address with its own address to force you to use it to search the web. Unfortunately, its search results are apt to feature promoted links, and some of them may be malicious in nature and put your privacy and you PC’s security at risk. Therefore, we advise that you delete it as soon as you can. Please consult the removal guide below.
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