You have to be careful about every single piece of software you let into your operating system, even if it looks like a normal search tool. Surf-live.com is represented as a search tool as well, but it was found that it is a browser hijacker that also can be used for the purposes of data tracking and third-party promotion. While even well-known search tools use tracking cookies to record information, and they can show advertisements, not all of them are as questionable as this one. If it has hijacked your browser without any warning, you must need no explanation as to why this search tool is classified as a potential threat and why removing it is recommended. Of course, if you have let it in yourself, you might still believe that it is harmless. Well, if you have found this report, you must know that something is up, and the information we present in this report should help you decide whether or not deleting Surf-live.com is necessary. As always, we want to remind you that you can use the comments section to add questions and start discussions.
If you know how Surf-live.com hijacked your browser, you can probably tell whether or not other potential threats are active. If you are not really sure about this, scan your operating system to check if malicious infections are active. A free and up-to-date malware scanner is available via the Download link below. Hopefully, your operating system is not infected by serious threats, and you can dedicate your attention to the hijacker. According to our research, the primary way into your operating system for this threat is via bundled installers, which means that it is most likely to be downloaded along with other infections. Another thing that was revealed during research was that the suspicious Surf-live.com is most likely to affect users who live in France. It could potentially target users in other regions where French is used as well. That is not surprising, considering that the interface of the search engine is in French. Regardless, the interface of this hijacker has been found to change, and so we cannot guarantee that the language will not change as well. That being said, the clones (e.g., Planet-surf or Secury-surf.com) are all targeted at those speaking French.
As mentioned previously, Surf-live.com can be employed as a promotional tool. Third-party advertisements are likely to be introduced to you along with normal search results, and that requires attention. Although the ads might correspond to your search queries or recent browsing history, interacting with them is not a good idea because you do not know what kind of content could be shown. Unfortunately, malicious parties often use inconspicuous-looking advertisements to expose users to unreliable installers, fake surveys, and useless offers. Considering that the advertisers associated with Surf-live.com are unknown, the chances of being bombarded with unreliable and misleading ads are pretty high. This is why interacting with these ads is not advised and why removing the hijacker is recommended.
Resetting browsers is not a complicated task, and we are sure that you can handle it all on your own. If you are not very confident about this, use the instructions below. They show how to reset the most popular browsers that are affected by the hijacker, and if you are trying to remove Surf-live.com from a different browser, be sure to add a comment below so that we could add the instructions you need. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you will be done after this. Since the hijacker is most likely to come bundled with other suspicious pieces of software, you might have to spend time analyzing and deleting them as well. Of course, there is a quicker way to get rid of multiple threats. All you need is a legitimate, automated anti-malware tool, and all threats running wild will be deleted from your operating system at once.