Search.hemailaccessonline.com address may be seen by users who accidentally or deliberately installed a browser extension Mail Access Online by Eightpoint Technologies Ltd SEZC. However, the hijack may also be associated with other potentially unwanted programs, which, without being removed, will continue the unwanted behavior on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers.
Search.hemailaccessonline.com hijacker is usually installed unintentionally, as its primary distribution technique is software bundling. Optional components are not adequately disclosed during the installation process of third-party software, so users think that the unwanted app appeared on their machines seemingly out of nowhere. Once installed, users' web browsers' settings are altered, and the search engine, new tab address, and homepage are swapped to http://search.hemailaccessonline.com.
Besides displaying sponsored links at the top of search results, Eightpoint Technologies Ltd also claims that it collects web browsing-related data, which is later used for marketing purposes. This activity enhances the chances of the information being delivered to insecure parties or even cybercriminals. Search.hemailaccessonline.com also gathers personal information like email or other details, if the user chooses to provide it.
|Type||Browser hijacker - changes new tab functionality, homepage and the search engine of the installed browser|
|Purpose||Search.hemailaccessonline.com incorporates multiple sponsored links when showing search results via the Yahoo search engine. The affiliated content brings revenue to PUP developers|
|Developer||Eightpoint Technologies Ltd SEZC|
|Related browser extension||Mail Access Online|
|Detection||ESET blocks an extension from being downloaded and marks it as JS/Spigot.B|