Search4musix by Aztec is another extension that uses bad ads to advertise itself and acts like a search hijacker by needlessly changing people’s search settings to direct them to Yahoo.
Search4musix Hijacker quicklinks
- Search4musix spreads with bad ads
- Search4musix functionality and hijacking
- How to remove Search4musix
- Automatic Malware removal tools
This browser add-on promotes a fake search engine called Blpsearch.com.
The extension has a few issues visible even before installing it:
- There are very few reviews of this add-on, despite thousands of users.
- Multiple versions of Search4musix exist, some only accessible by direct links.
- The developer is known for releasing browser hijackers.
- Search4musix is advertised by adware, notification spammers like verifycaptcha.com, and other shady sites.
This doesn’t mean that the extension is bad, but it isn’t the best choice for audiophiles to add to their browser.
Search4musix spreads with bad ads
When landing on Search4musix.com, you’re greeted with:
Looking for a favorite song?
This page is where people land after being redirected from various adware sites and pages infected with malicious code. All kinds of illegitimate sites promote Search4musix, among other hijackers. If you see such pages often, time to check your browser and scan your computer for adware.
The page that this add-on uses to present itself is vague but it does have a big, bright “Continue” button — so you can bet that a few poor souls installed it accidentally when they were sleepily browsing the web and followed the site’s instructions without thinking.
Of course, bundling can be used, too — it’s a way for free downloads to be monetized that is kind of hostile to the user: you’re installing a program like normal, only to see that a few totally unfamiliar applications have been installed on your computer, too. The included programs are usually spyware, search hijackers, various PUPs.
Search4musix functionality and hijacking
We know that malicious browser extensions definitely exist, the worst of which are installed by malicious processes without the user’s knowledge. Luckily, Search4musix is not nearly as bad.
This simple search-redirecting extension directs people to aztmusic.com when they search for music. Aztmusic.com is one of those websites that “stream” music by playing Youtube videos with the song as a soundtrack. You can use the site whether or not you have the Search4musix extension so this browser add-on is kind of pointless.
Another modification that this extension makes is setting blpsearch.com as the new search engine. For me, it redirects to Yahoo. Both of these search engines are promoted by various browser hijackers and the goal seems to be for Search4musix to make money from injecting additional ads into the search results.
Depending on how you install Search4musix, Cinemabits by Aztec might come bundled with it. This one replaces your home page and looks like the various newtab hijackers.
Search4musix can see what you search for, so it’s good that it promises to not give information about you to any third parties. Hijackers usually say they use private data, like location and search history, to improve advertisements.
How to remove Search4musix
I’m not saying that you need to remove the extension — if you like it, that’s great. But you can get comparable functionality and more choice by simply setting aztmusic.com as a bookmarked page and deciding for yourself which search engine you want to use.
Search4musix can be uninstalled manually and its settings undone by following the guide below this article. the extension targets only Chrome and Firefox.
It is advisable to scan your computer for suspicious software (Combo-Cleaner (Mac), Spyhunter (PC)) and to look at what other extensions you have installed, as well as what pages can send you notifications. If adware can affect your browser to display more bad ads to you, this won’t be the last or the worst infection.
Automatic Malware removal tools
TopHow To remove Search4musix Hijacker from Google Chrome:
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
- Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
- Select Manage Search engines
- Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
- Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
- If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
- Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings
If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search4musix Hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
- Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
- Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
- Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.
How To remove Search4musix Hijacker from Firefox:Top
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
- Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Search4musix Hijacker related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
- If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
- ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
- Click on theReset Firefox button.
- Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.