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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.

Language Multilingual

Launched 2004
Closed No

Developer Che Anderson

Country of Origin China

2004 - [...] Avant Browser

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the permission of the user)
Search Portal

Used SeEn Yahoo

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.

Later, Avant's developer, Anderson Che, has concentrated on adding user-requested features, and Avant was among the first browsers to have popup blocking, advertising server blocking, and one-click disabling of potential security vulnerabilities such as ActiveX, Java, and JavaScript.« Source


Critical points

Anvisoft Forums (Sophia): »The (AvantFind virus) is categorized as a browser hijacker caused by third party malware and voluntary installments of freeware (Avant Browser). Although 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 and internet searches to redirect to the 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):
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Created: 2013-03-14