There is a gray zone in computer security, where we have to deal with programs and applications that are neither here nor there. Take Volunteercentre.org, for example. On its own, this website is a search engine that can function as a relatively decent search provider, but it is far more often that it is used by browser hijackers to redirect you to affiliated third parties. If you have found that your default search engine was changed to Volunteercentre.org, then it is obvious that your computer’s security has been breached, and you have several unwanted and potentially dangerous programs installed.
When you open the site, it first looks like a blog dedicated to volunteering. However, you may also be redirected to this page if you get infected with the Searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net hijacker. It does not matter which browser is set as your default web browsing tool. The browser hijacker associated with this search engine affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Although we did not see the engine appear on the Edge browser, it might be only a matter of time until the newest versions of this browser get affected as well. Therefore, you have to nip this problem in the bud and get rid of all the potential threats the moment you notice them.
According to our research, it seems that this search engine is mostly region-specific. In other words, it usually affects users in certain countries and regions. For the most part, the main infection countries have been Poland, Algeria, Pakistan, and Egypt. Naturally, it does not mean that you cannot get infected with the browser hijacker, but it clearly shows that the distribution methods applied mostly work in these countries. It might be that Volunteercentre.org and the associated browser hijacker are mostly distributed via pop-up ads that appear in particular websites in those countries. For example, it may come with such adware applications as Search Know and Results Hub.
One of the reasons this search engine does not look dangerous is because of its content. However, if you were to look closer, you would see that the page does not offer original content. For the most part, the articles published in Volunteercentre.org have been taken from other blogs and websites. Not to mention, the search results you may get after going through the web search via this engine might be questionable, too. Even if this site uses the Google search engine, you have to realize that the results have been customized according to your web browsing habits, pushing associated and sponsored content to the top of the results list. Consequently, there is no guarantee that the targeted content will be reliable because almost anyone could make use of Volunteercentre.org as long as they know how. And if we are talking about cyber criminals here, they definitely know how to do it.
Therefore, you need to prevent any potential harm by removing this search engine, and everything related to it from your computer today. Reset your browser settings and then run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. You need to determine which programs must be deleted from your system, and when you do that, be sure to safeguard your PC against similar intruders in the future.