Stg-234i23r9-hpw.com is a new search engine that belongs to a relatively new family of infections of its type. This search engine can mainly show up in your browsers after a browser hijacker manages to slither onto your computer. This browser hijacker is not the only one on its server. In fact, we have found that there are several identical infections on this server, including Startpage-home.com and Webhome-page.com. It seems that this search engine does not generate much web traffic yet but with time this could exponentially grow. In any case, this browser hijacker might present to you possibly modified search results, which could pose a threat to your virtual security. Another danger factor is that this malware infection can travel the web along with other malware installers, which could mean multiple security issues for you. This is why we believe that it would be best for you to remove Stg-234i23r9-hpw.com from your browsers as soon as possible.
We have found that this browser hijacker was published by Bontio, Inc. whose website, bontiomedia.com, is rather tight-lipped since there is no information whatsoever on the main page except a photo of some snow covered trees. And, of course, the same legal documents you will find on the search page. This is quite suspicious for starters. This infection follows suit in the sense that it uses the same distribution method as its predecessors. You can mostly get infected with this hijacker without your knowledge if you are not careful with your clicks.
Although most browser hijackers are actually installed by the users, the installers could be quite misleading; even more so when you install it from a freeware bundle. You can easily download a bundle that is packed with all kinds of malware infections, including adware programs, fake alerts, Trojans, and browser hijackers. One click on an unsafe third-party ad that could be presented to you by an adware app on your system or by a questionable file-sharing website, and you could end up with a malicious bundle on your machine.
However, if you pay close attention during the installation, usually you could still cancel the whole process or deselect the unwanted components. It is possible that the real contents of the bundle are only revealed when you choose the custom option. Therefore, it is always safer to go for that option when offered. In any case, you need to be extra careful whenever you are installing a bundle not to end up with malware infections that could seriously increase the vulnerability of your computer. But, if you are in doubt right now, we suggest that you delete Stg-234i23r9-hpw.com and use a reliable online malware scanner to figure out about your malware situation.
This questionable search page seems very simple on the surface. The page practically only contains a search box in the middle, a few hyperlinks in the top-left corner (Web, Images, Videos, and News), and a Settings button in the bottom-right corner. You can actually change the background color or choose a photo as well as modify the language. At first sight, this all looks legitimate and working just fine. The questionable part comes when you send your queries. Your request is forwarded to a Google search results page. The danger in this is that this browser hijacker might alter the results to contain third-party advertisements and sponsored links to generate web traffic to affiliates' websites and thus make some easy-earned income. It is also possible that this malware infection can collect information about you and your online habits to set up a profile to customize the contents you may see. However, this gives cyber criminals a great opportunity to send relevant-looking ads to your screen and take you to their malicious websites once you got tricked into clicking on them. It is never safe to click on third-party ads; even more so when it comes to search results presented by browser hijackers. If you want to feel safe while surfing the web, we suggest that you delete Stg-234i23r9-hpw.com right now.
The easiest way to eliminate this threat is to reset all your browsers. You need to keep in mind, though, that this way your preferences and installed extensions will be lost. But still, this is the quickest and most secure way to get rid of malware infections that reside in your browsers. It is also likely that you will hit more than two flies with one stone by resetting your browsers. Please follow our instructions below if you need assistance with this process. This all should not take more than a few minutes even if you are not an experienced computer user. But do not forget about the possibility of being infected with other malware programs as well. If you do not want to wage this war with your "bare hands," i.e., manually, we recommend that you download and install a decent anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter, and let it do what it is best at by keeping it always activated and updated.