www-search.net is the site claiming to be a useful search engine, but in reality, this is a page that redirects to ad-supported sites and affects every online search attempt with injected commercial content like pop-ups, banners, hyperlinks and other material that triggers more redirects to affiliated pages, sites where more of these PUPs get promoted and even distributed.
www-search.net is focused on blackhat Seo and pay-per-click revenue techniques that rely on misleading content and pop-ups, banners, redirects, hyperlinks injected on sites that user commonly visits. This fake search engine delivers altered online search results, so the user is not accessing the wanted material but visiting related sites. This is how views and page visits get collected and generated - the main goal of such potentially unwanted programs.
While the victims use this search engine, additional programs and extensions can get installed without permission required. Such behavior and additional PUP lead to speed and performance issues that cannot be easily eliminated unless the PUP itself gets deleted.
|Type of malware||Browser hijacker|
|Damage||PUP exposes users to questionable commercial content online and leads to automatic installations of shady tools, applications, and other programs. Also, all the ad-supported pages involve tracking functions and other intrusive behavior|
|Distribution||Freeware installations including PUPs in the setup load those questionable apps automatically when particular steps get skipped by the user during the downloading process|