Do you know what Search.hgetsports.net is?
You always need to be careful about the software, extensions, and search tools you let in because you might end up with something malicious. Search.hgetsports.net is not classified as a critically dangerous infection, but it is a browser hijacker, and removing it is strongly recommended. Unfortunately, because it showcases useful links to third-party sites and because it offers a seemingly reliable search service, not all users realize right away that it is best to delete Search.hgetsports.net. In this report, we answer all questions regarding this suspicious hijacker. We also discuss the elimination of this threat, and so if you are interested, just continue reading.
You might have downloaded Search.hgetsports.net on its own, but that is very unlikely. At the very least, you downloaded it along with Get Sports, an extension that was created by Polarity Technologies Ltd., who is also the creator behind the hijacker. It stands behind other hijackers too, including Search.searchgtp.com, Search.weatherradarforecast.co, and Search.hmylocaltransit.co. The suspicious Get Sports extension is presented at http://getsports.net/ (for Firefox and Internet Explorer users) and https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/get-sports/kilmgdjnepppejpgejangmgahhnjjjkj (for Chrome users). Unfortunately, in many cases, users acquire the extension as they download a software bundle that might be promoted via unreliable sites or even using misleading pop-up offers. This is unfortunate because the strange add-on might slither in along with malware. Without a doubt, if that has happened, you must remove all malicious infections immediately.
When you install Get Sports, Search.hgetsports.net immediately changes the homepage, new tab, and default search provider on that browser (only changes new tab on Google Chrome). The interface of this hijacker is that of a search engine with easy-access links to third-party sites at the top and the bottom. The links route to news.mynewswire.co, espn.com, nfl.com, amazon.com, and google.com/gmail sites. These links are legitimate, and you can use them to visit authentic sites. The same cannot be said about the search engine. First of all, Search.hgetsports.net does not work as a search tool. Instead of showing results corresponding to your queries, it redirects to search.yahoo.com, where the results can be modified by the hijacker’s creator to ensure that you interact with sponsored links. That is not all, the hijacker also uses tracking cookies to spy on you and record sensitive information. Due to these reasons, we suggest finding a better search tool. First, of course, you need to delete Search.hgetsports.net.Search.hgetsports.net screenshot
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You want to remove Search.hgetsports.net from your browser as soon as possible, and, hopefully, you can do that by eliminating the Get Sports extension. The instructions below show how to do it manually. This method of elimination is best in case no other threat exists. Run a full system scan using a legitimate malware scanner to learn if your operating system is clean or if you are dealing with multiple threats. What if multiple threats exist? If that is the case, and you still want to erase all of them yourself, you need to do some research and analyze every infection separately. Alternatively, you can install a legitimate anti-malware program to automatically erase them all at once. Without a doubt, this is the best option for anyone dealing with malicious threats and hijackers.
- Launch the browser, tap Alt+T, and choose Add-ons.
- Remove the undesirable Get Sports extension.
- Launch the browser, tap Alt+F, select More tools, and choose Extensions.
- Click the trash bin next to Get Sports and then select Remove.
Internet Explorer (Windows)
- Open the Start menu and then move to Uninstall a program.
- Uninstall the undesirable application representing Get Sports.
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Was your browser corrupted by Search.hgetsports.net? Most likely, an extension called Get Sports has been installed onto your PC or your browser. If you eliminate it, the hijacker should be erased as well. The instructions above show how to remove Search.hgetsports.net using this method. Although erasing one threat manually does not take much skill, experience, or time, cleaning the system from multiple threats can be challenging and time-consuming. Please scan your system using a legitimate malware scanner to check if you need to erase anything else besides the hijacker. If you do, consider utilizing a reliable anti-malware program instead of cleaning the operating system manually. Keep the program installed – if you choose to use it – to have the operating system and browsers protected at all times.