Posted: July 22, 2013
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 5/10
Infected PCs 2,230

Websearch.searchboxes.info Description

Websearch.searchboxes.info Screenshot 1WebSearch.Searchboxes.info is a search site that doesn't have any actual Web-searching features of its own, preferring to redirect any visitors to a sub-domain of Smartshopping.com. SpywareRemove.com malware experts don't classify either WebSearch.Searchboxes.info or Smartshopping.com as malicious websites, but do warn that searches through WebSearch.Searchboxes.info may include advertisements and potentially inaccurate search results that aren't optimized for your safety. Because some instances of browser hijacks involving WebSearch.Searchboxes.info have been observed, you also should be prepared to use all appropriate anti-malware tools to prevent WebSearch.Searchboxes.info browser hijacker-related infections and, if needed, remove a WebSearch.Searchboxes.info browser hijacker before it can expose you to any potentially dangerous Web content.

WebSearch.Searchboxes.info: a Search without an Engine Behind It

With a slightly modified Google icon to tempt random traffic into using its services, WebSearch.Searchboxes.info seems to be a search site, but SpywareRemove.com malware experts easily verified that WebSearch.Searchboxes.info doesn't have any functions besides redirecting you to a real search site – Smartshopping.com. In the process of doing so, WebSearch.Searchboxes.info or its affiliate sites also may monitor your basic Web-browsing behavior, including which sites you visit, which search terms you use and how you use popular social networking services. WebSearch.Searchboxes.info states that this 'feature' allows WebSearch.Searchboxes.info to customize your online advertising experience by sending you advertisements targeted to your interests, but SpywareRemove.com malware experts personally don't see any reason why you'd want to subjects yourself to WebSearch.Searchboxes.info's advertisements in the first place.

Other than the advertisements that WebSearch.Searchboxes.info may include in your results, WebSearch.Searchboxes.info is not a very dangerous site to visit and has not been categorized as an infection vector (a site that distributes malware or related PC threats). SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend using common sense precautions when browsing content related to WebSearch.Searchboxes.info, but don't consider a brief visit to WebSearch.Searchboxes.info or sites related to WebSearch.Searchboxes.info to be harmful to your PC by default.

Busting Out of a WebSearch.Searchboxes.info Hijacker's Browser Box

WebSearch.Searchboxes.info mostly is of concern to SpywareRemove.com malware researchers for its indirect part in browser-hijacking campaigns. These attack campaigns usually are caused by specialized browser hijackers that redirect your browser to WebSearch.Searchboxes.info or similar sites (Websearch.greatresults.info, Websearch.homesearch-hub.info, etc.) without your consent. The attacks may directly redirect your online searches, change your homepage or create pop-ups, amongst other possible issues.

A browser hijacker always is a danger to both your Web-browsing experience and the overall safety of your computer, and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers personally suggest removing them ASAP even when they redirect to apparently non-malicious sites like WebSearch.Searchboxes.info. Anti-malware products always should be used to uninstall WebSearch.Searchboxes.info browser hijackers, since such PC threats typically may resist a normal uninstallation method that would take care of any benign application or browser add-on.

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Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Registry keySoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\searchboxes.infoSoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\smartaddressbar.com
Home Malware Programs Browser Helper Objects Websearch.searchboxes.info

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