Default-search.net – old hijacker which is ready to take over your web browser

The powerful default-search.com virus is back

Browser hijackers are not only annoying to deal with in the first place. They also tend to cause removal issues, and are, in general, a serious threat to computer’s security because of their redirects to porn-related websites.

However, some hijackers are more powerful and dangerous than others. One of those that you don’t really want in your system is Default-search.net. This powerful browser hijacker was created by Aztec Media which is also responsible for releasing Linkey virus.

It has been designed for the sole malicious purpose – to infect PCs and hijack web browsers to create web traffic to its developers’ websites. It was first noticed in 2014 but it is obvious that it is active again. Beware that its search results are not reliable and that it can lead you to a serious malware on your computer.

Dangers of default-search.net

As a browser hijacker, Default-Search has the same standard “features”: it changes your home page to default-search.net, sets your default search engine to Yahoo search and alters your bookmark list.

To start its redirections to predetermined websites, it increases the number of ads that are injected into your favorite websites. The majority of these ads contain price comparisons, deals and similar offers. That’s how they trick users. However, beware that malware-infested links can also be found among these links. If clicked, they can cause a significant damage to your PC.

Additionally, defaul-search.net virus can redirect you to Aztec Media websites and track your browsing data. Everything from your search terms and browsing history can be collected and sent to a remote server. As a result, its developers design personal ads so that they could increase their clicks.

How does it spread?

The major distribution method of this malware is free software. Linkey and Delta-Homes, which are viruses themselves, can install this hijacker as well. However. you can also find default-search.net virus after downloading any other freeware to your computer. Make sure you monitor installation of the freeware to prevent unwanted programs on your computer.

If encountered, you should take Default-Search.net virus off your computer. Of course, keep in mind that your computer can also be infected with Linkey and Delta-Homes, which can cause re-appearance of this malware on your system.

Ugnius Kiguolis