BitcoinPricesearch redirect is a malicious browser extension that initiates its inbuilt behavior pattern once infiltrated in the system. The threat is customizable and adapts its actions depending on the host. For instance this malware is configured to collect user confidential information which comprises of:
Personal Data: Personal identifiable data comprises of username, passwords, address, phone number, areas of interests etc. This data can be used to exposes victim’s identity and extort them.
Campaign Metrics (Hardware): This includes information about installed hardware components, Operating system, system settings, regional settings etc. of victimized PC. This information helps attackers to optimize the ongoing and any future attacks on the system.
The Browser Hijacker is configured to establish a network connection of the infected PC with hacker server. This allows cyber criminals to spy on the users in real-time and deploy additional threats or take over control of the vulnerable machine at any given point of time.
This information is sold to third parties who could use it to display engaging ads or pop-ups to promote their brands or websites and earn revenue. Victim’s personal details could also be used to exploit their identity or extort them.
Hackers utilize all common distribution tactics in order to install BitcoinPricesearch in the system and increase the number of target hosts.
Infected Software installers: Developers make use of popular software installers to distribute the malware. The virus code is embedded in the payload of legitimate popular installers. When the users click on the attachment to download the installer, their system becomes a victim of this nasty software infection.
Infected Documents: Macros by default is disabled in Microsoft files. When users without paying attention to email specs download spam email attachments that comprise of text files, excel, word, spread sheets etc, they are prompted to enable macros. When this is done the pernicious system infection follows.
Once the browser plug-in is downloaded, an inline notification appears that seeks for the following permissions from the users:
It is therefore advised to remove the malware from the system as soon as it is detected to avoid your system from being invaded.
Browsers Affected: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox
Targeted Operating System: Windows
Category: Browser Hijacker
Symptoms: Homepage, new tab and search engine are replaced with BitcoinPriceSearch. Appearance of sponsored ads and pop-ups, Registry Modification, unnatural network activities, occasional sluggishness of the infected device.
Note: Before we begin, try to remember how the extension got downloaded on your computer system. Generally, these programs come bundled with free applications that we download off the internet. It is a good practice to locate and uninstall such programs while removing the Browser Hijacker/ Extensions.
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