What kind of software is Bazaar Virtual?
Our researchers discovered the Bazaar Virtual browser extension during a routine investigation of dubious websites. This piece of software promises quick access to online clothes stores.
However, our analysis revealed that Bazaar Virtual is a browser hijacker. This extension modifies browsers to promote the seektrailblazers.com fake search engine.
Bazaar Virtual browser hijacker overview
Browser-hijacking software assigns endorsed webpages as browsers' default search engines, homepages, and new browser tab/window URLs. Therefore, new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries entered into the URL bar – result in redirects to the pushed site.
Bazaar Virtual operates in this manner and promotes the seektrailblazers.com page. Fake search engines usually cannot generate search results, so they redirect to legitimate ones. This also applies to seektrailblazers.com. At the time of research, it redirected to the Bing search engine (bing.com). However, it could lead elsewhere since redirects may be impacted by factors like user geolocation.
It is pertinent to mention that browser hijackers commonly use persistence-ensuring mechanisms to prevent browser recovery.
Furthermore, Bazaar Virtual may have data-tracking functionalities. Information of interest can include: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, Internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, and so forth. The collected information can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
To summarize, the presence of software like Bazaar Virtual on devices may result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
|Quick access to online clothes stores
|Detection Names (seektrailblazers.com)
|Criminal IP (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
|Serving IP Address (seektrailblazers.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
We have analyzed countless browser hijackers; Things To Do, Finance Tab, KittyTab, and TOPAPP are merely a few examples. While this software appears genuine/innocuous and promises "handy" functions, it seldom operates as promised.
It must be mentioned that even if a piece of software works as indicated by its promotional material – that is not a guarantee of either legitimacy or privacy.
How did Bazaar Virtual install on my computer?
We acquired Bazaar Virtual from its "official" download page. Aside from these kinds of webpages, browser hijackers are endorsed on scam sites. Most users access these pages through redirects caused by websites utilizing rogue advertising networks, misspelled URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive adverts, or installed adware.
Browser-hijacking software can also be bundled with regular programs. The risk of allowing bundled content into the system is increased by downloading from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and by treating installations with negligence (e.g., ignoring terms, using "Easy/Express" settings, etc.).
Browser hijackers are proliferated by intrusive ads as well. When clicked on, some of these advertisements can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. When installing, it is crucial to read terms, explore available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt out of all additions (e.g., apps, extensions, tools, etc.).
We also advise being vigilant when browsing since fraudulent and malicious online content usually appears legitimate and harmless. For example, intrusive adverts can look innocuous yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.).
In case of continuous encounters with such advertisements and/or redirects, check the device and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Bazaar Virtual, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Appearance of seektrailblazers.com redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Permissions asked by Bazaar Virtual browser hijacker:
Website promoting Bazaar Virtual browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Bazaar Virtual?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Bazaar Virtual browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove seektrailblazers.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove seektrailblazers.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Bazaar Virtual 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.
Bazaar Virtual browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Bazaar Virtual browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Extensions" and click "Manage Extensions". Locate "Bazaar Virtual" 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 "Bazaar Virtual", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.seektrailblazers.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 "seektrailblazers.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 seektrailblazers.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 "Bazaar Virtual", 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 "Bazaar Virtual", remove hxxp://seektrailblazers.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 seektrailblazers.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 seektrailblazers.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 seektrailblazers.com website?
Redirects to sites like seektrailblazers.com are caused since cyber criminals (i.e., developers of browser hijackers and fake search engines) generate revenue through them.
Is visiting seektrailblazers.com a threat to my privacy?
Most likely, yes. Websites like seektrailblazers.com tend to collect (and sell) information about their visitors.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
The most common distribution methods include bundled installers, deceptive promotional webpages, freeware and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, online scams, spam browser notifications, and intrusive adverts.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Bazaar Virtual browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate detected browser-hijacking apps. Note that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be an ideal solution. In cases where multiple browser hijackers are present, after one is removed – the others may simply reinstall it. What is more, removal-related settings might be inaccessible with browser-hijacking software installed. Hence, it is paramount to eliminate browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.