- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.todaystopheadlines.co is an unreliable search engine our researchers advise not to waste any time with. Apparently, it may show suspicious advertisements from its third-party partners together with the search results. Unfortunately, clicking such content could lead to redirection to potentially malicious web pages or the so-called scam websites. Therefore, we advise you to be most careful if you come across any suspicious ads while browsing the Internet. However, we believe the safest option would be to get rid of the application before anything goes wrong. The tool is classified as a browser hijacker, and so it might be hard to remove it from the computer for inexperienced users unless you follow the instructions available below the text or employ a trustworthy antimalware tool to deal with Search.todaystopheadlines.co faster.
The search engine comes from a suspicious company that calls itself Polarity Technologies Ltd. Our researchers believe it to be unreliable because we have encountered a lot of other similar browser hijackers released by the same developer. Based on our experience with previous variants of Search.todaystopheadlines.co we can say they are often distributed through bundled software installers. Thus, it is entirely possible this tool could be spread with the help of untrustworthy file-sharing web pages. If you do not wish to allow suspicious software settle on the computer anymore, we advise you to pay more attention not just to the web pages you downloaded installers from, but also to the information on the configuration wizard since any unwanted or suspicious software offers should always be deselected.
Like other browser hijackers from the same company, e.g. Search.directionsandmap.com, Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourpackagesnow.com, and so on, Search.todaystopheadlines.co may alter user’s preferences to place itself as your default homepage. It looks like the application might change homepage on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. According to our specialists, to make such a change the tool could modify specific data belonging to the listed browsers. For example, if the search engine hijacks Mozilla Firefox, it should locate a file called prefs.js. Within the prefs.js there should be the following line user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "*"). Instead of the star in the quote marks the threat could place its link (http://search.todaystopheadlines.co) and afterward, the affected browser should load the website each time it is opened.
The search engine might not raise any suspicion at first, but after using it for searching the Internet, you may start noticing additional third-party advertising content that could be injected among the results. Sadly, there are no reassurances such content cannot or will not come from potentially malicious web pages. In other words, it is possible the third-party ads could lead you to sites suggesting you install other browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, adware, and other threats alike or malicious programs, such as viruses, Trojans, ransomware, etc. What’s more, third-party ads might offer other unreliable content too, e.g. fictitious surveys, fake lottery winnings, links to untrustworthy e-shops, and more. For this reason, we advise you to stay alert while browsing with Search.todaystopheadlines.co or simply replace it with a more reliable search tool like google.com, bing.com, yahoo.com, and so on.
To remove the browser hijacker from your homepage, you should restore its modified data. The process is not particularly complicated, but based on the browser that was hijacked, it may require some time and patience. Luckily, if the task would appear to be too difficult for you to handle there is another way to erase Search.todaystopheadlines.co. You could install a reliable antimalware tool on the system and set it to perform a scan. During it, the application should detect the unreliable search engine and other possible threats located on the PC. Then, all there would be left to do is press the deletion button.