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Posted: October 21, 2011

Zwankysearch.com Screenshot 1Its sleek template may give Zwankysearch.com a trustworthy appearance, but, unfortunately, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that Zwankysearch.com's self-proclaimed ability to 'Search the web' is highly-overrated. Unlike the real search engines that Zwankysearch.com imitates, Zwankysearch.com provides fake search results that include advertisements and other methods of driving affiliate-based money right back to Zwankysearch.com. Since Zwankysearch.com can't provide useful search functions, you're not likely to be exposed to Zwankysearch.com, unless you've been infected by a Zwankysearch.com browser hijacker. Such browser hijacks often occur as a variant of the Google Redirect Virus, redirecting you to Zwankysearch.com when you try to use another search engine site. You can remove Zwankysearch.com-affiliated infections with anti-malware programs that are capable of deleting Trojans, rootkits, and similar forms of high-level PC threats.

What to Keep an Eye Out for in a Zwankysearch.com Infection

Zwankysearch.com tries to lure in visitors with a friendly-looking background and a simple but professional interface, but SpywareRemove.com malware researchers had little trouble in linking Zwankysearch.com to other search engine scam sites like ZinkWink.com and WinkZink.com. These websites are simple copy-paste duplicates of each other that hope to avoid notice by using different names to lure in a maximum amount of victims, and should be considered functionally-identical. Exposure to Zwankysearch.com, WinkZink.com, Zinkwink.com, or a malicious program that's affiliated with them can cause your PC to experience the symptoms of browser hijacks as noted below:

  • Being redirected to Zwankysearch.com or one of its duplicate websites whenever you try to use a search engine (an attack that's clearly reminiscent of Google Redirect Virus infections). Zwankysearch.com redirects can occur when you try to access Google, Yahoo Search or Bing, when you click a link from one of these search engines or when you enter a search query.
  • Having Zwankysearch.com set to be your homepage when you launch your web browser.
  • Suffering through browser settings that undo any changes that you try to make or refuse to be changed at all.

Lengthy exposure to Zwankysearch.com and affiliated sites can also be a source of contamination by other forms of harmful software. SpywareRemove.com malware experts strongly encourage you to delete Zwankysearch.com infections as soon as you have an adequate anti-malware program for the job.

Identifying Zwankysearch.com's Trojan Horse Prior to Opening Your Gates for It

Although it's possible to run across Zwankysearch.com strictly by accident, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that the majority of Zwankysearch.com's traffic is a result of its use of browser hijackers. Browser-hijacking Trojans from Zwankysearch.com and similar websites have been noted to be included in the installation procedures for unscrupulous file-sharing programs and movie-streaming programs, even if all optional add-ons aren't installed. Vshare and Zshare are just two examples of confirmed Zwankysearch.com partners that will install Zwankysearch.com-related browser hijackers regardless of which installation settings you select. Always research a program before you install it to make sure that it's not compromised by Zwankysearch.com or another form of adware.

Zwankysearch.com browser hijackers have been known to attack Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, and can function in most versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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