Posted: May 2, 2014 Description is a general advertising domain that has had previous, recurring associations with questionable activities, including browser hijacker campaigns and possible efforts to distribute threatening software. While not every visit to may cause any visible damage to your PC, malware experts recommend that you scan your computer after contact with or any other site with an equally suspicious history. Redirects to, when inappropriate, should be considered possible signs of browser hijackers that should be removed by the proper security tools.

The Web-Searching Counter that Keeps on Ticking

While legitimate search engines should have no need of third party programs that force you to use their services, is one of the numerous search domains that prefer to acquire traffic through these browser hijackers. In the least harmful of cases, a browser hijacker may be installed as a toolbar or other, semi-legitimate application, but malware experts have noted that hijackers typically are symptomatic of the presence of threats that will be installed automatically and in formats that attempt to conceal their files.

Other, equally standard characteristics of a typical hijacker, as seen for over half a decade, include:

  • Your Web searches may be redirected to or to other websites that purport to include search features. Malware experts often found that the related sites may not offer any real Web-searching features, but, instead, display preset lists of affiliate links.
  • Your browser also may be redirected when it attempts to load other websites, particularly sites related to well-known PC security companies.
  • New tab and homepage settings also may have modifications to redirect to's probability of being involved in the threat industry also takes place from the distribution end. Malware experts have confirmed some variants of threats initiating communications through or using as part of a multiple-site attack, which could install other threats onto a vulnerable computer automatically. Contact with, whether deliberate or accidental, recurring or temporary, always is a good prompt for scanning your PC with anti-malware utilities.

Countering a Search Hijack

Malware analysts most recently confirmed the existence of hijackers for Chrome, but most Windows browsers may be expected to be vulnerable to the same attacks, to varying degrees. Like any website that could serve as an infection vector, you should avoid when possible, but when this is not possible, strong browser settings, security software and regularly-installed updates all can help block the attacks most likely to originate from On the other side of the hijack campaign, since hijackers may try to block their removal, regardless of their other quirks, anti-malware products always are preferred for deleting a hijacker as safely as possible. hijacks have continued to be a problem for Web surfers from at least 2009 up to the modern day. Although does little to dispel the poor security reputation of Russian-based Web services, malware researchers note that does show how non-consensual installation exploits for small-time threats have continued to be a problem, and likely will continue to be for the future.

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