What kind of software is Galaxy Search?
While investigating suspicious sites, our research team discovered the Galaxy Search browser extension. It is endorsed as an extension that displays galaxy/space themed browser wallpapers. However, Galaxy Search operates as a browser hijacker, i.e., it alters browser settings to promote (via redirects) the find.nseeknow.com fake search engine.
Galaxy Search browser hijacker overview
On our test machine, Galaxy Search reassigned the browser's default search engine, homepage, and new tab/window URL to the find.nseeknow.com site. Due to these modifications, new browser tabs/windows opened and Web searches performed through the URL bar – resulted in redirects to find.nseeknow.com.
Illegitimate search engines usually cannot provide search results, so they redirect to genuine Internet search websites. At the time of research, find.nseeknow.com lead to the Bing search engine (bing.com). Note that this site could land elsewhere since factors like user geolocation can impact redirects.
It is pertinent to mention that browser-hijacking software often employs persistence-ensuring techniques to complicate its removal – thus preventing users from recovering their browsers.
Galaxy Search also has data-tracking abilities. Information of interest can include: visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, frequently visited website lists, IP addresses (geolocations), Internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, etc. The gathered information can then be sold to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
In summary, the presence of software like Galaxy Search on devices may lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
|Galaxy/Space themed browser wallpapers
|Detection Names (find.nseeknow.com)
|Serving IP Address (find.nseeknow.com)
|Affected Browser Settings
|Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
|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.
|Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling).
|Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
|Malware Removal (Windows)
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser hijacker examples
Browser-hijacking software tends to appear legitimate and offers a broad range of functionalities. However, its features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases – they do not work at all. It must be stressed that operational functionalities are not a guarantee of either legitimacy or safety.
How did Galaxy Search install on my computer?
We obtained Galaxy Search from its "official" promotional page. In addition to such sites, browser hijackers are commonly pushed through scam webpages. Most visitors access these pages through redirects generated by websites that employ rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, misspelled URLs, intrusive adverts, or installed adware.
"Bundling" – packing ordinary program installers with unwanted/malicious additions – is also used to spread browser-hijacking software. Downloading from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushing through installation processes (e.g., skipping steps, using "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) – increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
Furthermore, intrusive advertisements proliferate browser hijackers. Once clicked on, some of the ads can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We highly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. When installing, it is essential to read terms, explore available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt out of all supplementary apps, extensions, tools, etc.
We also advise vigilance when browsing since fake and malicious online content usually appears genuine and harmless. For example, while intrusive adverts may look legitimate – they redirect to unreliable/questionable websites (e.g., gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.).
Should you keep experiencing such ads/redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Galaxy Search, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Galaxy Search browser hijacker:
Website promoting Galaxy Search browser hijacker:
Appearance of find.nseeknow.com redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced IT skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Galaxy Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Galaxy Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove find.nseeknow.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove find.nseeknow.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Galaxy Search 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Galaxy Search 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 "Galaxy Search" 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 "Galaxy Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.find.nseeknow.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 "find.nseeknow.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 find.nseeknow.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 "Galaxy Search", 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 "Galaxy Search", remove hxxp://find.nseeknow.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 find.nseeknow.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 find.nseeknow.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 find.nseeknow.com website?
Redirects to sites like find.nseeknow.com are generated because cyber criminals (e.g., developers of browser hijackers add fake search engines, etc.) profit through them.
Is visiting find.nseeknow.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Websites like find.nseeknow.com usually collect visitor data. The gathered information is often sold to third-parties.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily proliferated via bundled installation setups, deceptive promotional webpages, online scams, freeware and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, spam browser notifications, and intrusive advertisements.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Galaxy Search browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate installed browser-hijacking applications. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might be ineffective, especially when multiple browser hijackers are present. In these cases, after one browser hijacker is removed – the others may simply reinstall it. Furthermore, the software might restrict access to removal-related settings and/or undo user-made changes. Therefore, browser hijackers must be removed thoroughly and all at once.