Airfind Corporation, which actively was flooding the internet with browser hijackers known as Browserhome.net, Iexplore.co, Securesearch.site and etc. in 2017, has recently came back with another release called search.swiftsearch.co. Like many other predecessors search.swiftsearch.co browser hijacker gets into victim’s browser through malicious add-on/extension and modifies default homepage, new search tab page and search engine to its own. Needless to say it does it all without user’s consent.
If you open your browser and instead of your usual homepage, whether it is Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo or any other, see a suspicious looking search.swiftsearch.co website – be careful with the further internet surfing because that means that your Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari is infected by search.swiftsearch.co virus. Although don’t worry because in this article 2-viruses team will help you understand the cause of the infection and the best ways to remove the unwanted browser hijacker.
How does the search.swiftsearch.co spread and affect your system?
For inexperienced or unaware internet users search.swiftsearch.co may not seem like a threat, but rather just a new update, which is why they can even start routinely using it, but in reality there are more harmful things behind this ‘new’ browser than it looks. In the Terms of Service Airfind corporation bluntly states the malicious activity they are performing on its service users. That includes tracking users’ internet browsing activity, location, collecting personal information, allowing persistent untrustworthy ads, installing software without user’s permission, redirecting to advertisements or infected website and etc. What is more, once search.swiftsearch.co infection gets an access to your browser it can easily lead not only to valuable information leaks or so, but also to further virus, crypto-miner infections that will be much harder to remove than just a simple browser hijacker.
Worst thing is that by using search.swiftsearch.co you automatically agree with their Terms, therefore if something bad happens, there is not much you can legally do because you presumably read and understood what you are getting yourself into.
There is a bright side – Search.swiftsearch.co is easy to remove
No matter the type of your browser, the initial step is to find all of the installed extensions. Can access it by going to custom browser’s Settings and then Extension/Add-ons page. There you should be able to spot the malicious add-on and delete it. After that simply reset your default settings. There is also a more detail description for each web browser here.
If this doesn’t work or you cannot find search.swiftsearch.co extension, we advise to try using an adaptive malware removal tools like SpyHunter or any of your choice (but be aware of PUPs). These anti-spyware programs easily find the threats and remove them when user is unable to do it manually. Great thing about this automatic virus removal is that it targets not only Search.swiftsearch.co browser hijacker which is already bothering you, but also the rest of ‘bad guys’ floating in your computer. After a quick scan, product should be able to identify the “root” of search.swiftsearch.co and delete it completely.
It is always advised to have some trustworthy malware removal, antivirus program in your computer to start taking care of viruses as early as they get in. Despite being the most aware internet user you never know when you may press the wrong button and download bunch of unwanted surprises. Furthermore if you are still having problems with your machine you can reboot the system prior the infection from the backups (if you have them). We also have a detailed article on how to manually restore your system for the better understanding.
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