There are thousands of different browser extensions out there that are supposed to expand and broaden the capabilities of your main browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome or any other). Some add new features to make your browsing experience better optimized while others improve the security and safety of your browser or help with some other aspect related to your time spent online. However, the truth is that not all browser add-ons are the same and not all browser add-ons are all that useful or helpful. In fact, there’s a whole category of software applications that function similarly to browser extensions, yet instead of helping the user in some way they actually tend to make one’s Internet experience worse by making changes to the browser (replaced search engine, new-tab page, and homepage), flooding the user’s screen with ads and by triggering sudden page redirects to random websites. The name of the applications/browser extensions that belong to this category is browser hijackers. In the next lines, we will try to give you important information regarding this type of software – how it can get on your PC, what it’s typical characteristics are and why it’s better to remove any hijacker from your system as soon as possible instead of allowing the unwanted software to stay on your computer. A highlight of this article will be one particular hijacker – Searchpulse. Although it functions pretty similarly to most other such applications, the reason why we will be focusing on it is because it is one of the more recent hijackers and recently many users have complained about getting Searchpulse “Virus” installed on their computers and being bothered by it. In fact, it’s highly likely that a lot of this article’s readers have come to this page because their browser has already gotten invaded by the Searchpulse hijacker. If that’s your situation as well, we have some good news for you – after the actual article, we have added a removal guide manual for this browser hijacker. Just scroll down after finishing the article and take a look at the instructions in the guide – follow them and complete all the steps and the hijacker should no longer be inside your computer’s system.
Browser hijackers and web-promoting
Nobody likes having to sit through irritating and annoying adverts while browsing the Internet. Still, obviously, this is next to impossible nowadays as the online marketing industry is one of the most profitable businesses right now. As for the browser hijacker (also known as page-redirect) software category, such applications are basically tools that take Internet advertising to the next level. In most cases, you’d see an online add or you’d get redirected to some sponsored page if you visit sites that have add components in their code. If you don’t visit those sites, no ads should come to you. However, it’s different of you have a hijacker on your PC – in such a case, the online adverts and the redirects to random pages would be present all the time and it won’t matter if you are on a site that has adverts or on one that doesn’t since the promoting content would be coming directly from your PC. As we already mentioned, a hijacker could also change the default search engine as well as the new-tab and/or the homepage of the browser in favor of new, sponsored ones. All of this is done wit the purpose of promoting something and the more users are exposed to the hijacker’s advertising agenda, the greater the revenue earned by the pesky software’s developer. Although such activity is typically harmless to your PC, it’s still quite irritating which is why most users want to remove hijackers from their machines. Also, there is always the chance that a certain advert or page you could get redirected to might be used by hackers for spreading malicious viruses such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc. – another good reason to remove and uninstall Searchpulse ASAP if it’s currently in your system.
Spam letters, shady sites or sites with low-reputation, pirated software, misleading web offers and illegal torrents are the most commonly employed methods for hijacker distribution so make sure to avoid those if you don’t want to land another such application in future. Also, if you want to install a new program, especially a free one, make sure to check the settings in the setup wizard – see if there are any optional clauses for added/bundled software. If you see that there are bundled applications, opt-out of the installation of the ones that look like they could be unwanted or the ones that you simply don’t need. Bundling is another common method for distributing hijackers like Searchpulse so be on the lookout for it the next time you are about to install anything on your machine.
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