2Search is the name of a spyware (although some would argue that it’s adware) product which hijacks your web browser, redirecting it from the site you want to another site. 2Search has been recently found to be employing a particularly devious and nasty tactic. According to Webroot, 2Search is managing to insert fake Google results in a Google search, enticing you to visit that link, which you think is a legitimate result for the search you entered. Nasty!
And as if that isn’t slimy enough, the good researchers at Webroot found that those Google results in turn lead to eBay listings (we’ve all seen legitimate, if not annoying, eBay listings are results to Google searches), and they believe that the products listed on eBay are likely to be more spyware.
The bad guys are doing this because, explains Paul Piccard, Director of Threat Research for Webroot, “If you had a Web site that said, “‘Hey, get your spyware here,’ no one would go to it. So they look for ways to confuse or fool the user and make sure they are willing to download the spyware.”
Of course, you weren’t really willing to download it. And so if you have it, you probably want to know how to get rid of it. You can find all sorts of instructions with this Google search for how to remove 2search. If you aren’t sure whether you have it, you’ll find information about how to determine that, too.
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