- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
It is possible that a new risky search engine, Search.searchtpo.com, simply appears in your browsers when you launch them and you do not even recall setting it as your homepage. This search page can emerge in your browser after a browser hijacker manages to slither onto your system. This can happen either with or without your knowledge. In any case, we have categorized this threat source as a browser hijacker because this category mainly relates to the fact that such an infection can alter certain browser settings. We have found that this particular hijacker may only change your homepage in the affected browsers, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Still, this malware infection may present to you just enough harmful content that could cause additional system security issues, not to mention the possibility that other malware infections have also managed to infiltrate your system. Although these infections may not be the most dangerous ones you can encounter, we still believe that they can influence the operations of your system just enough to cripple it before long. This is why we recommend that you remove Search.searchtpo.com and every other questionable program you can detect on your PC.
There is no official or promotional webpage that would make this search website available for you to download as a standalone browser extension. In fact, it has mainly been found distributed in free software bundles. Such software packages however can contain several surprises in the form of potentially unwanted applications and malware programs, including browser hijackers, bad toolbars, fake alerts, and adware programs. This is why it is vital that you always make sure that you are aware of the full content of a bundle before installing it. You can and you should, for example, always read the license agreement carefully because sometimes this is your only chance to know what additional changes or installations may take place, and make sure that you choose the custom installation method if it is offered. A browser hijacker can easily slither onto your system when you overlook the checkbox relating to the browser setting changes. Such a checkbox is usually ticked by default to make sure that if you ignore it or cannot notice it in time, you would install such changes and tools sort of without your knowledge.
You can download such bundles after you click on unsafe third-party ads or modified search results when searching through a questionable search website possibly offered or installed by a browser hijacker such as this one. Unreliable third-party ads can appear on your screen if you have infected your machine formerly with ad-supported programs and hijackers. Also, when you end up on a shady website, such as a torrent, a shareware, a gaming, or a porn-related page. These sites are notorious for hosting questionable and annoying third-party ads that can be flashy banners, pop-ups as well as hidden and disguised ones (e.g., buttons). When you land on a page that you are unfamiliar with, you may not realize which content is safe to click on. This is how most users infect their machines. So, if you find this browser hijacker as your new homepage in your browsers, chances are there are other malware threats hiding on your system, too. For this reason, we suggest that you delete Search.searchtpo.com and find a trustworthy online malware scanner to detect all other possibly harmful programs as well.
Similarly to Search.searchdirex.com and Search.searchicc.com, which come from the same family of hijackers, this malware infection also provides you with a pseudo-toolbar that features a search tool, an easy-access link to a local weather widget page, one to a questionable news page (news.mynewswire.co/) and a couple of links to gaming-related pages. You should know that this local weather page is packed with potentially unreliable third-party ads just like the gaming pages may also host such ads. Clicking on unreliable ads could further increase the vulnerability of your system to malicious attacks. Thus, we advise you not to use these at all. The same goes for the search engine as well since it could present to you manipulated Yahoo search results.
Since you find yourself on a Yahoo search results page, you may believe that it is safe to click anywhere as you are on a reputable page. This is exactly why such hijackers mainly use this kind of redirection technique. But the truth is that the results may include potentially harmful third-party ads and links coming from unreliable sources, such as cyber crooks. If you click on such content, you may infect your system with another hijacker, adware, or even Trojan programs (e.g., ransomware). And, this is not even the worst that might happen. It is also possible that you will be taken to a new tab or a new window that loads a fake online shop page that offers you a product you have been looking for at a very low price. If you fall for this trick, you may give up your personal details and your banking information with cyber criminals, who in exchange may steal your money and use your details to fraud other people on the web. If you understand now the unfortunate consequences, we advise you to remove Search.searchtpo.com as soon as possible.
If you want to eliminate this hijacker, you need to recover your homepage settings and set a URL that you prefer to see as your homepage. It is possible that you have no idea how to do this, so we have prepared the necessary instructions and included it for you below this article. We need to remind you at this point that just because you delete Search.searchtpo.com from your browsers, it is still possible that other malware infections are threatening your computer. Therefore, it is essential that you go on cleaning your PC. If manual removal is out of the question for you, we recommend that you install a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter. For best results regarding protection, you should also update your programs and drivers regularly.
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