Home Malware Programs Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) FirstSearchBar


Posted: August 28, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 3,315
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 29,370
First Seen: August 28, 2013
Last Seen: October 16, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

FirstSearchBar or the FirstSearch Toolbar is a browser hijacker that redirects your online searches and resets your homepage. Some sites that have been promoted by threats related to FirstSearchBar (such as Browserseek.com) have been classified as malicious. Given this hazard, you usually should interact with sites provided by FirstSearchBar with heavy caution, and the use of anti-malware software for deleting FirstSearchBar (along with the browser changes that are caused by FirstSearchBar) is highly recommended.

When Searching the Internet with an Assistant Backfires

FirstSearchBar is packaged as a generic Web-searching tool that helps your browser find what you're looking for, but FirstSearchBar's functions more closely resemble those of a malicious browser hijacker than those of any legitimate browser add-on. A typical installation of FirstSearchBar will modify your homepages and default search engines for most popular brands of Web browsers, regardless of the settings you're using for your individual browsers. These functions are, in turn, used to redirect you to other websites that FirstSearchBar's makers apparently consider profitable, such as Browserseek.com.

Browserseek.com is a malicious search site that distributes various PC threats while Browserseek.com pretends to offer you legitimate search results. This site is particularly associated with fake anti-virus programs and similar scamware, and any extended browsing through sites related to FirstSearchBar is ill-advised. If temporary contact with sites promoted by FirstSearchBar is unavoidable, you should consider appropriate protections like turning off JavaScript, disabling Flash and keeping an anti-malware program open and running.

How to Keep FirstSearchBar from Barring Your Way to a Clean PC

Removing FirstSearchBar, like removing most browser-hijacking PC threats that barely bother to hide their attacks behind facades of helpfulness, is difficult to accomplish without all relevant anti-malware and security tools available. Switching to Safe Mode and keeping all browsers closed while your PC is scanned with anti-malware equipment is the most effective way of guaranteeing FirstSearchBar's deletion, and with FirstSearchBar, the browser changes that force you to sites of poor repute.

Typical infection methods for FirstSearchBar and similar threats have a tendency to use free download sources of unrelated applications that include bundles for malicious or unwanted programs. Careful attention to the installation processes of these programs may let you opt out of them, although SpywareRemove.com malware researchers personally don't advise your ever installing software from a site that's known for distributing PC threats like FirstSearchBar.

Extended contact with sites related to FirstSearchBar redirects usually should be considered an additional potential infection vector that may install other types of malware, either with your permission or without it. Preventing your browser from loading any exploitable Web content and keeping all software patched for minimizing their vulnerabilities will help defend your computer until you've managed to uninstall FirstSearchBar.

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