- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.trackmyflight.co is a new search website that can show up in your browsers as your home page and possibly expose you to potentially unreliable third-party advertisements and links. Engaging with content provided by this search page and its extra features, such as quick links to flight-related third-party pages, may pose a threat to your system. We have found that this search website is indeed a browser hijacker belonging to a constantly growing family created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. This family also contains very similar and sometimes identical clones, including Search.searchfpdf.com, Search.searchquickm.com, and Search.searchfastlm.com. We believe that it is always the safest to use the bookmark function of your browsers instead of an unreliable tool like this. If you do not want to accidentally drop more malware infections onto your system or end up scammed out of your money on malicious webpages, we recommend that you remove Search.trackmyflight.co right now. If you want to learn to protect your computer from similar attacks, please read our full report on this hijacker.
The first thing to know about this threat is how it is distributed because once you understand this, you will be able to avoid similar threats. The bad news is that most of the time it is actually you who infects your machine and not an "evil cyber midget" or dangerous hackers standing in a line waiting to get to your PC. It is enough for you to download programs from the wrong source. Let us say you are browsing the web and suddenly you land on a page where a banner or a pop-up advertisement tells you that you need a plugin or driver update to see content on the page. Obviously, whatever you install this way will not be an official and reliable version even if the updater claims to be Adobe Flash. Instead you can directly install this browser hijacker or what is worse, you can download a bundle filled with potentially unwanted programs as well as malware infections (adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, and fake alerts). When there is the slightest chance that you may have installed such a bundle, you should delete Search.trackmyflight.co right away and then, run a trustworthy malware scanner on your computer to find all other threats as well.
It is also possible that your computer is infected with malware, such as adware programs and browser hijackers, and that is why you may be experiencing an increased number of third-party ads (banners and pop-ups among others) while you are surfing the web. When your system is infected, you can never be safe going online because even legitimate ads can be turned into traps that redirect you to malicious pages or drop a bundle directly onto your PC. It should be clear why we keep emphasizing the need for scanning your computer regularly with a trustworthy malware scanner to identify all possible threat sources. But first you should remove Search.trackmyflight.co to get it out of the way before moving on to detect the rest.
This browser hijacker offers you quick links to third-party websites related to flights, including google.com/flights/ and flightstats.com/go/Home/home.do. Please remember that it is always safer to use the bookmarking function in your browsers to have preferred or frequently used websites one click away on your bookmarks bar. Apart from these pages, you can also access the usual news and local weather pages from the fake toolbar at the top of the search page. You need to be careful with these two because they may display potentially unreliable third-party ads. There is also a panel below the search box containing thumbnail links to popular pages (e.g., Yahoo, Amazon, and YouTube). You can either hide or show this panel if you click on the linked text in the top-right corner of this panel.
The most questionable part however is the search engine. All you queries end up on a search.yahoo.com results page, which may give you the feeling that you can trust everything displayed. Unfortunately, this is not true since this hijacker may modify the contents and inject its own affiliates' advertisements and links into the results pages thus making it risky for you to click anywhere really. The third parties related to this browser hijacker may not all be trustworthy. Therefore, you may risk dropping infections or ending up on malicious websites. We recommend that you remove Search.trackmyflight.co from your browsers if you want to keep your PC clean.
This malware infection changes your home page settings in your Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome browsers. Therefore, you need to restore these settings to get rid of this threat once and for all. Please follow our guide below this article if you want to manually eliminate this browser hijacker. As you can see now, this threat and other malware infections can also infiltrate your system quite easily if you are not cautious enough. If you cannot keep your system clean, maybe it is time for you to think about employing a reliable anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter) that could automatically tackle all system security related issues and protect your PC.
How to delete Search.trackmyflight.co from your browsers