What is EmailCheckToday?
While inspecting dubious software-promoting sites, our researchers discovered one advertising the EmailCheckToday browser extension. This piece of software is endorsed as an easy-access tool for email services.
Instead, we determined that EmailCheckToday operates as a browser hijacker - it modifies browser settings to promote fake search engines, and it spies on users' browsing activity.
EmailCheckToday browser hijacker overview
Browser hijackers operate by assigning the sites they promote as browsers' default search engine, homepage, and new tab/window URLs.
When we installed EmailCheckToday onto our test machine, it set search.emailchecktoday.com as the browser's homepage. However, when we searched the Web - the resulting redirects went through the bsrcforit.com website. Note that search.emailchecktoday.com may be incorporated into the redirection chains caused by EmailCheckToday in the future.
Fake search engines typically cannot provide search results, so they redirect to legitimate ones. Bsrcforit.com is not an exception, it redirects to Bing (bing.com). It has to be mentioned that where this site lands may vary, as redirects may depend on factors like user geolocation.
Furthermore, browser-hijacking software often restricts access to removal-related settings and/or undoes user-made changes. EmailCheckToday also employs persistence-ensuring techniques to complicate its removal.
What is more, EmailCheckToday collects private data. Browser hijackers usually target visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, financial/banking data, etc. The collected data can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, the presence of software like EmailCheckToday on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to email services|
|Detection Names (bsrcforit.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (search.emailchecktoday.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (search.emailchecktoday.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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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Browser hijacker examples
Shiny Searches, UpSearches, and CoolADSBlockSearch are just a few examples of browser hijackers that we have analyzed. This software appears ordinary and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with promises of various "handy" features, which are usually nonoperational.
How did EmailCheckToday install on my computer?
We obtained EmailCheckToday from its "official" download webpage. In addition to such sites, browser hijackers are spread through scam websites. Most users access such pages via redirects caused by mistyped URLs, pages using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate browser-hijacking software as well. Once clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.
Browser hijackers can also be bundled (packed together) with ordinary programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations (e.g., skipped steps, used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading only from official and verified sources. When installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additions.
We also advise being vigilant when browsing since illegitimate and malicious content typically appears harmless. For example, intrusive advertisements look innocuous yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
If you experience such ads/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with EmailCheckToday, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by EmailCheckToday browser hijacker:
Website promoting EmailCheckToday browser hijacker:
Appearance of find.bsrcforit.com redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is EmailCheckToday?
- STEP 1. Uninstall EmailCheckToday application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove EmailCheckToday browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove bsrcforit.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove bsrcforit.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
EmailCheckToday 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, "EmailCheckToday"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the bsrcforit.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
EmailCheckToday 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 "EmailCheckToday" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "EmailCheckToday", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.bsrcforit.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 "bsrcforit.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bsrcforit.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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "EmailCheckToday", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "EmailCheckToday", remove hxxp://bsrcforit.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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 bsrcforit.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 bsrcforit.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 to visit bsrcforit.com website?
Users are forced to visit websites like bsrcforit.com because cyber criminals (i.e., developers of fake search engines and browser hijackers) generate revenue through such redirects.
Is visiting bsrcforit.com a threat to my privacy?
Most likely, yes. Websites like bsrcforit.com usually collect (and sell) visitor data.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily distributed through deceptive promotional webpages, software bundling, freeware and third-party download sites, P2P sharing networks, online scams, fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive ads.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove EmailCheckToday browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate detected browser-hijacking apps. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be a perfect solution, especially when multiple browser hijackers have infiltrated the system. Since after one is removed - the others might re-install it. What is more, removal-related settings can be unmodifiable with browser-hijacking software present. Therefore, browser hijackers must be eliminated thoroughly and all at once.