Metasearch.com is the shady search engine that provides results filled with advertisements and useless material and deceives visitors with useful offers and alleged valuable features. The site provides a search bar that is not working and starts redirects to ad-supported pages where commercial content promotes other shady software.
The page itself appears as a redirect from other shady content online, and clicking on the site leads to the installation of additional MetaSearch browser plugin or different in-browser threat. Introducing claims about social media, popular sites trick people into using the search engine and clicking more on the page. In most cases, the security system blocks the installation of fake plugins or PUAs, but using the search engine can trigger various content continuously.
|Malware type||Browser hijacker|
|Danger||The page shows advertisements and other possibly malicious content that triggers redirects and downloads of PUAs, in-browser content. Anything related to advertisers can access the information about users' habits online|
|Distribution||Freeware bundling is the main method used to spread these programs with shady purposes|