Searchmarquis.com is the deceptive/misleading site that can get categorized as a potentially unwanted program or a browser hijacker because it changes settings of the web browser by setting its own domain as default search engine, new tab, or homepage. This is how the search engine can get used and expose the visitor to more commercial material, cause tons of advertising redirects and load results injected with links, in-text ads, and other redirects triggering components.
Even when the promotional content claims about useful features and improved search results the searchmarquis.com engine can provide you, there is no need to keep using the site as your go-to search provider. You can get exposed to malicious material or end up surfing on dangerous domains and lead to data loss or more severe malware infections.
It may seem that searchmarquis.com is a harmless search engine like many other sites, but keep in mind the constant advertising material that appears at the beginning of search results or loaded between normal sites and in-text. All these redirects and banners, pop-ups or even pop-unders are generating views and revenue, so advertisers, third-party companies can access your data and misuse that for malvertising.
|Type of malware||Browser hijacker/ Redirect virus|
|Danger||Potentially unwanted programs can expose users to possibly dangerous material, malicious sites, or install malware directly on the machine. Advertising services can collect browsing data and misuse that for various purposes that put users' privacy in danger|
|Distribution||Freeware installations and misleading sites lead to the infiltration of PUPs|