- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
We have extensively written about browser hijackers by a company that calls itself Polarity Technologies. Well, after a brief period of silence this developer is back, and its newest release called Search.packageintransit.com is just more of the same formula. It is a browser hijacker that is set to hijack your browser’s search provider, homepage, and new tab page. It is compatible with several search engines and affects them differently. We recommend that you remove it from your PC because it is bound to feature promotional links in its customized search results. The consequences of using Search.packageintransit.com are unpredictable, so we consider it a security threat. To find out more about this search engine, we invite you to read this article.
Polarity Technologies is a highly unreliable company if it can be called that because we have not found any information that would confirm that it is indeed a real company. In any case, judging from the applications and search engines that it develops, it is evident that it is in the web monetization business since all of its search engines are set to show promoted links and the browser extensions are designed to replace search-related setting without your knowledge or consent.
Our research has shown that this hijacker’s developers have resorted to using deceitful distribution methods to get it onto your PC. First of all, it is hosted on its main promotional websites that also serves as a distribution outlet. http://packageintransit.com/Packages? is its main website and it has a download button. The website states that the browser extension that comes with this search engine will allow you to track your packages sent by mail. Furthermore, it states that it is an application with “Online Shopping with Piece of Mind” and that is where the advertisements come in. the true purpose of this hijacker and its accompanying extension is obfuscated so that you install it on your own accord or ignore it if it happens to end up on your PC without your input. Indeed, you can get this hijacker on your PC without you knowing about it. Research has shown that Search.packageintransit.com can come bundled with freeware installers that may or may not hide its presence and install it on your PC without your knowledge or consent. Also, we have found that this hijacker is featured on the Chrome Web Store and close to 64, 000 Chrome users have it on their PCs.
Search.packageintransit.com comes bundled with a browser extension, but it is named differently for each browser. If you use Internet Explorer, then you should look for a program named Package in Transit in Control Panel’s Programs and Features section. If you use Firefox, then the extension will be named Package. If you are a Chrome user then you should look for an extension named Package in Transit. As mentioned, this hijacker affects each browser differently. Therefore, if you use Firefox, then it will change the search provider, homepage and new tab page. For Chrome, it will change the homepage and new tab page only. For Internet Explorer, it should change the homepage, but in some instances it can also change the new tab page.
Search.packageintransit.com redirects all entered search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine as it does not have a search algorithm of its own. The search results can contain promoted links that can redirect you to all kinds of websites. Some them, however, can be of unreliable nature and subject you to potentially malicious content. Apart from that, Search.packageintransit.com can be used as a regular search engine although we would not recommend using it. Furthermore, we believe that Search.packageintransit.com might also collect anonymous information about you to somewhat personalize the advertising campaign. The collected information can include your Internet Protocol (IP) address and, thus your approximate location, search queries entered, browsing history, browser type, operating system type, ISP, and so on.
All things considered, Search.packageintransit.com is a highly unreliable search engine that we have classified as a browser hijacker because it is set to replace your browser’s homepage address, search provider, and new tab page to force you to use it to search the web and view all of the shady ads included in the search results. To uninstall its accompanying browser extension that will also remove Search.packageintransit.com, we invite you to make use of the guide provided below.
Uninstall Package in Transit from Control Panel (Internet Explorer only)
Windows 10 and 8.1/8
Windows 7 and Vista
Remove the browser extension