Search.ratplee.com is a browser hijacker also known as a Potentially Unwanted Program as it changes your default homepage and search engine to Search.ratplee.com. Avoiding PUPs is not always a easy task, this Browser Hijacker is often bundled using freeware and offered during the installation of legit software. Software from Download.com or CNET may contain additional software. So, be aware when you install software onto your computer and carefully read the terms of agreements during installation. PUPs, Adware or Browser Hijackers are commonly bundled with software. This software is not always malicious and may occasionally be offered as handy software or browser enhancing software.
The interesting part of this Browser Hijackers is they might install software to protect themselves against changing the default homepage to another homepage. Search Protect from Conduit is software that monitors the browser for any changes, if anything changes within the browser it alerts you with a question if you really want to change the homepage or keep your existing one.
This might sound like a good thing, but its just a nasty way to keep their Search Engine as default homepage and default search engine to get web-traffic and revenue by promoting in-text advertisements. Too bad this Browser Hijacker is not detected by Antivirus software as they are “PUPs” Potentially Unwanted Programs, and you might want them ? I don’t think you want them, so follow our removal guide to get rid of it.
Afterwards install free software as MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to remove and protect your computer from PUPs.