AtoZManuals is a rogue application that supposedly helps users with various manuals like Computers, Printers, cars and so on. The domain lures users to download the application by claiming to provide thousands of online user manuals for free for popular brands including Sony, Samsung, Canon, Dell, Microsoft, Ryobii, Cuisinart, Garmin, Dyson, Toshiba and many more. However the domain is a malicious Browser extension in disguise.
The nasty system infection targets popular web browsers like internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and Runs on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP operating systems. The Browser Hijacker is distributed via various hoax techniques like spam email attachments, software bundles, malevolent ads and pop-ups. Once malicious code is downloaded the infection undergoes stealth installation and targets windows registry to automatically launch the infection when the system is booted.
The pernicious browser extension modifies browser settings and replaces the browser homepage, search engine and new tab with its own. This ruins user browsing experience as all user searches are redirected to https://search.myway.com- a site that has nothing to do with manual guides. Attempts to change the url goes in vain as it reverts back to malicious domain. The site also hosts a ”myway” logo in corner and claims to be “enhanced by Google”. However it is not a good idea to use this search engine as the search results are inaccurate and promote sponsored web pages.
AtoZManuals Browser Hijacker is designed with the sole motive to swindle users. The malicious program is configured to steal user confidential information and use the compromised data to extort them or sell it to the third parties.
The malicious browser Hijacker once installed changed the browser home page that follows a typical template that looks similar to popular search engines and Internet portals to deceive users. It is comprised of following toolbars:
Menu bar: Menu bar consists of a search box and several links. The links are sponsored and redirect users to malicious web pages.
Main Search Bar: It presents a Google enhanced search Engine. Queries entered here direct users to https://search.myway.com domain. The search results are inaccurate and aim to promote sponsored web pages that may be malicious.
Links Bar: The bar shows icons to sponsored web sites. The web page that appears may be illegitimate and aims to trick users into entering their account details. The information collected is used to carry malicious activities.
Users therefore need to be cautious and refrain from clicking on any suspicious link, ads and pop- ups to avoid the nasty infection from invading the system.
The cyber criminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
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 https://search.myway.com domains.
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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