StartFenster.de is the fake search engine domain that offers various features to encourage people using the engine as the search service. This domain is German-based because it is delivered by the media company named Aller Media. However, the company itself and this site have a bad reputation online for deceptive techniques and PUP delivery.
The site startfenster.de is considered to be a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program that focuses on redirecting online traffic to ad-supported pages. Such programs are all relying on ad-tracking and malvertising techniques when all the in-browser searches get injected with advertising materials and additional redirects to affiliates sites.
The page shows features related to social media, known shopping platforms, and other sites to fake the legitimacy and usefulness. When the user tries to search for anything using the bar displayed on the page, altered results interfere with the content and keeps the person from getting useful online searching service.
|Name of the site||StartFenster.de|
|Type of the threat||Browser hijacker|
|Symptoms||The PUP hijacks online browsing tools and interferes with important settings of the browser, changes default homepage, search engine and new tab to needed sites, advertising services. Additional pop-ups, banners, and links get injected in search results and keep the person visiting shady sites|
|Distribution||PUPs get delivered with the help of freeware bundling technique and deceptive pages that trigger automatic infiltrations|
|Danger||Potentially unwanted programs and other browser-based intruders can track data about the user and interfere with the system performance with advertising and possibly malicious content showing redirects|