What kind of application is BestSportSearches?
After downloading and installing the BestSportSearches application, we learned that it is a browser-hijacking application that makes certain changes in the settings of a web browser. The purpose of this app is to promote the bestsportsearches.com address - a fake search engine. A big part of browser hijackers is promoted and distributed using deceptive methods.
BestSportSearches in detail
BestSportSearches replaces the previous default search engine, homepage, and new tab page with bestsportsearches.com. It forces users to browse the Internet with a fake search engine. We have tested bestsportsearches.com and found that it shows results generated by nearbyme.io (a shady search engine) and search.yahoo.com (a legitimate search engine).
Bestsportsearches.com may also show results generated by other (trustworthy and untrustworthy) search engines. The problem with fake search engines is that they can promote shady websites and show results generated by questionable search engines. Additionally, they can be designed to gather various data.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (bestsportsearches.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (bestsportsearches.com)||188.8.131.52|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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More about browser hijackers
Typically, browser hijackers are promoted as apps that have various useful features. Although, their goal is to promote fake search engines. In some cases, apps of this type can collect information about their users. Either way, it is recommended not to trust browser hijackers. More examples of such apps are BestMapSearch, BestSportSearch, and DigitalConverterz.
How did BestSportSearches install on my computer?
One of the most popular ways to distribute browser hijackers is to bundle them with other programs. Browsers become hijacked when installations are completed without deselecting unwanted apps. Usually, it can be achieved by changing the settings (like "Advanced", "Custom") provided in installers.
Also, apps of this kind are distributed via shady advertisements and deceptive websites. In all cases, most of them are downloaded unknowingly/unintentionally.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download software (and files) from legitimate sources such as official websites and platforms. Using unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources is not recommended. Also, avoid clicking on advertisements that dubious pages have on them. Do not allow shady websites to show notifications.
Remember to check installers for unwanted applications and deselect them before installing software. If your computer is already infected with BestSportSearches, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Bestsportsearches.com redirects to nearbyme.io (GIF):
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- What is BestSportSearches?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BestSportSearches application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BestSportSearches browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove bestsportsearches.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove bestsportsearches.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
BestSportSearches browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "BestSportSearches"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the bestsportsearches.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
BestSportSearches browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "BestSportSearches" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "BestSportSearches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.bestsportsearches.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "bestsportsearches.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bestsportsearches.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "BestSportSearches", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "BestSportSearches", remove hxxp://bestsportsearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with bestsportsearches.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bestsportsearches.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit bestsportsearches.com website?
This website generates more revenue for its developers when more people visit it/use it to browse the Internet.
Is visiting bestsportsearches.com a threat to my privacy?
Fake search engines (and browser hijackers) pose a threat to users when they collect various data.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are distributed by bundling them with other programs, using social engineering tactics like browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove BestSportSearches browser hijacker?
It can be difficult to remove more than one browser hijacker manually since apps of this type can reinstall one another. In such cases, they have to be removed at once. Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove all existing browser hijackers.