The search engine is available online simply by typing its name in the URL address bar. However, this, so-called, browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program (PUP) typically gets installed via software bundles and replaces the start page, search engine, and new tab window on a default web browser.
Although the term Search.optimum.icu virus is not correct, this search cannot be trusted due as it can deliver altered search results, generate ads, and attempt to download rogue Chromium browser. Moreover, it can install tracking cookies and harvest browsing history and other non-personally identifiable information without the user's consent.
|Related||Optimum Search extension, search.yahoo.com, OptimumSetup, Chromium|
|Type of malware||Browser hijacker / Potentially unwanted program (PUP)|
|Distribution techniques||Freeware download websites are spreading it bundled with free applications. It may also get installed via phishing websites containing automatic downloads of in-browser threats|
|Danger||The website does not exhibit malicious traits. Nevertheless, it can expose users to potentially dangerous websites, as well as track browsing history and share it with third-parties|