Short bio

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, Adware.SpecialSearchOffer 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 mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.




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