Nowadays, peer-to-peer file sharing online is not only illegal – it can be dangerous too. Surfvox.com is a browser hijacker that hides in fake torrent files. Users, who are not used to downloading files via torrents, can often fall prey to this infection. You will not see any prompt informing you about the oncoming installation, and Surfvox.com will enter your system silently. The next thing you know your default homepage and search engine will be different. It is important to remove Surfvox.com from your computer as soon as possible. Browser hijackers often allow other computer infections to enter target computers, so you need to take care of this issue immediately.
The reason we said you had to be careful about peer-to-peer file sharing is that torrent downloads are the main Surfvox.com distribution method. According to our security research, currently this browser hijacker travels with Game of Thrones S0409 HDTV x264-KILLERS[ettv] torrent, but there might be more than just this one. Surfvox setup file enters your system with a fake torrent file. When the download is complete, you will find a zip file or video file with an executable code within the Downloads folder. Surfvox.com gets installed on your computer when you launch the aforementioned codec file.
The name of this codec file could be communitycodecs.exe or DivX Player.exe. It makes an impression that the codec is legitimate, and there is no risk in clicking it. The reason users are forced to click the setup file is that a fake torrent file comes with a broken video. If you try to play this broken video file, your media player crashes within several seconds. Then you are told that you need to update or install a new codec in order to watch the video. Although the codec installation may work correctly, by clicking a codec file you automatically install Surfvox.com on your system.
After installation, Surfvox.com changes your default homepage and search engine to Surfvox.com. Take note that this browser hijacker makes use of custom Google search engine. It means that it may display a lot of sponsored links to commercial websites among search results. Needless to say, that you cannot keep Surfvox.com on your computer. Browser hijackers are often exploited by cybercriminals to promote malware or corrupted content.
Hence, in order to protect your computer from serious security issues, you need to remove Surfvox.com right now. The best way to get rid of Surfvox.com is to reset your browser settings to default and then delete all the browser hijacker’s files from the system. You may also have to scan your PC with a licensed antimalware tool to make sure that there are no other potential threats on board. Do all you can to safeguard your system against dangerous infections.
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