Holasearch.com is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program due to the distribution techniques that it uses and the changes the app initiates on the hijacked web browsers. When users are infected with this threat, they are very likely to see that their default homepage, search engine, and new tab URL of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or other browsers have been modified. Besides, the app brings the Hola Search Toolbar to the web browser and can also inject questionable-looking extensions and plug-ins.
Once this happens, the user is forced to use the new search provider and complete search queries that can appear to be misleading. Holasearch.com is capable of redirecting the user to sponsored locations some of which can appear to be filled with potentially malicious components. Furthermore, the app collects income from producing advertising posts that can come in forms of pop-ups and bring misleading offers to the user.
Holasearch.com is usually bundled with freeware and shareware that comes from secondary downloading websites such as cnet.com, download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com. Nevertheless, the browser hijacker itself can bring other potentially unwanted programs and plant them on the computer system unknowingly.
|Changes||This rogue app modifies major browser settings such as the default search provider, search engine, and new tab URL bar|
|Distribution||Bundled freeware and shareware are the main sources that can bring the browser hijacker to the computer system and web browsers|
|Detections||According to VirusTotal, this app has been found as suspicious by Forcepoint ThreatSeeker|