AvantFind is a search interface that uses the Yahoo search engine. AvantFind comes from China and started in 2004. It is the default search engine of the freely available Avant browser. Due to its aggressive marketing strategy (self-installation without the user's consent), this search engine had a bad reputation as a virus or malware. In addition to the web search, an image, video and news search are offered, which also use the Yahoo search.
|Country of Origin||China|
|2004 - [...]||Avant Browser|
|Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the permission of the user)
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|»The Avant Browser's default search engine is a version of the Yahoo! search engine renamed Avantfind and is given a custom look.«
»Avant Browser was largely inspired by Opera, the first major browser to have a multiple document interface. The developer's objective was to wrap a comparable interface around the layout engine used by Internet Explorer, thereby achieving Opera-like ergonomics without suffering the frequent problems that browser had rendering pages tested only in Internet Explorer. In fact, it was initially released under the name "IEopera", though this was soon changed due to the obvious trademark issues.
|Anvisoft Forums (Sophia): »The Avantfind.com (AvantFind virus) is categorized as a browser hijacker caused by third party malware and voluntary installments of freeware (Avant Browser). Although Avantfind.com is a clean website (Sucuri sitecheck), it can be utilized alongside unwanted adware and spyware applications and platforms. Sometimes the first sign of a malware, virus, or Trojan attack and/or infection is a browser redirection. In this case, the AvantFind changes Home Page and Provided Search Engine settings, causing the browser to start up at AvantFind.com and internet searches to redirect to the AvantFind.com search website.« Source|
Features & Functionality
|Since 2017 the side offers no own resultpage anymore it’s only a search interface directing to Yahoo.|
|Example results page for "sand": Source|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avant_Browser|
|Wikipedia (Others): https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avant_Browser|