Deceiving domain - burstsearch.com

Type: Browser Hijackers

Burstsearch.com is a search site that is promoted via Burst Search extension. This tandem is internationally recognized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and browser hijacker due to misleading behavior and lack of user's choice regarding the removal. 

The Burst Search malware is spread via Chrome Web Store. However, it can also be found spreading bundled with freeware and that's the main reason why so many people complain about its stealthy installation. Right after the install, the extension injects itself into Chrome and sets burstsearch.com as a default start page and search engine. Such browser's alterations allow the hijacker to display sponsored content (links, ads, etc.).

However, this browser hijacker is more intrusive than others because it misuses the legitimate "Managed by your organization" feature. This feature is a legitimate policy introduced by Google to assist enterprise users, though unwanted third-party apps found a way to enable this feature to prevent removal. Consequently, people can't get rid of Burst Search hijacker without a complete system's reset. 

Name Burstsearch.com
Related Burst Search extension
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type Potentially unwanted program (PUP)
Main dangers Promotes sponsored content by initiating redirects and generating intrusive ads
Other Enabled "Managed by your organization" feature to prevent people from uninstalling it

burstsearch.com violations

2CR-004: The site stealthily alters the start page and search site

2CR-015: The search engine is dubbed as malware by cyber security experts

ACR-117: The site misuse legitimate browser's features to prevent elimination