Default Search is a questionable search engine, classified as a browser hijacker due to its behaviour. While many users may refer to it as a virus, that classification would not be correct. The worst it could be called it a redirect virus. Hijackers aren’t particularly malicious infections and don’t really harm the computer. However, they are not harmless either. They make unwanted changes to browsers and set questionable websites as homepages and new tabs. This will not endanger your compute directly, but it will annoy you as these changes are made without your explicit permission. Once these changes have been implemented, the hijacker will then try to redirect you to sponsored pages, not all of which will be safe. These redirects are the main purpose of hijackers. Since you gain nothing by keeping it installed, you should delete Default Search.
Hijackers are usually installed by users themselves. They spread via freeware bundles, which basically means that they are attached to free software as extra offers. When users install the freeware and not deselect the offers, they end up installing the offers as well.
What does the hijacker do?
As soon as the hijacker installs, it will make changes to you browser and set its promoted site as your homepage. The hijacker can attach itself to all popular browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The changes are made without your permission and can be difficult to reverse.
The website that is set as your homepage will be promoting a questionable search engine. Hijackers aim to redirect users to sponsored websites, and they do that by inserting sponsored links into search results. Those results have little to do with what you were searching for and will lead you to potentially dangerous websites. You could be redirected to malware or scams. This is why you should get rid of the hijacker as soon as you notice it installed.
Browser hijacker spread methods
Browser hijackers cannot install without your permission. Users allow them to install, although they generally do that unknowingly. Hijackers, as well as other infections like adware and PUPs are attached to freeware in a way that allows it to install together with freeware. The offers are preselected by default and you not deselecting them is essentially giving them permission to install.
Software bundling is pretty frowned upon because the attached offers are hidden from users, which leads to them being installed in most cases. If you want to make them visible and prevent their installation, you need to pay attention to how you install programs. Most importantly, you need to opt for Advanced (Custom) settings. Those settings will make all offers visible, and you will be able to deselect all of them. After you have unchecked all of them, you can continue installing the program.
Default Search removal
You can remove Default Search both manually and via anti-spyware software. If you have little experience with computers, it may be best if you use anti-spyware software. The program would do everything for you, and would erase all hijacker components.
You can also uninstall Default Search manually. This may be more time-consuming but you can fully get rid of it. If you are not sure about where to begin, you can use the below provided instructions to help you.