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Adware.SpecialSearchOffer is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a family of browser hijackers that change the search settings of affected browsers.

Type and source of infection

Adware.SpecialSearchOffer is usually installed by bundlers. Typically, it comes as a browser extension on the affected system. The extension changes the default search engine of the affected browser and changes it to a search site that redirects to Yahoo search, while adding sponsored results.


Malwarebytes blocks Adware.SpecialSearchOffer by using real-time protection.

Malwarebytes blocks Adware.SpecialSearchOffer


Malwarebytes can detect and remove Adware.SpecialSearchOffer without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.