- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.hfreeforms.co may look like a legitimate search engine but it is actually a browser hijacker dedicated to replacing your browser’s default homepage address with its address to make you use it for searching the web. The purpose for doing so is to generate ad revenue because this search engine was created for this particular purpose only. Do not expect it to offer you a reliable, quality search service because it is not about that. Therefore, we recommend that you remove it from your PC as soon as you can because using it is a potential risk to your computer. We believe that some of the ads featured in its search results can be malicious.
Search.hfreeforms.co is yet another browser hijacker from Polarity Technologies, a company known more releasing dozens of browser hijackers that include Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourpackagesnow.com, Search.yourmapscenter.com, and many others. This company has been releasing hijackers for several years now, and it seems that there is no end in sight yet. All of them are nearly identical in their appearance and functionality and well as distribution methods.
Let us discuss how this hijacker is distributed first and then go over the information regarding its functionality. As per usual, this new hijacker from Polarity Technologies is disseminated using bundled software installers featured on websites such as Filewon.com, Filewin.com, Malavida.es, and Descargar.es — freeware distributing websites that are capable of bundling their freeware with malware to make money. Therefore, when you install a bundled application, the installer will inject Search.hfreeforms.co into your browser without your knowledge or consent. The installers have been configured to replace the homepage address of Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
The aim of the game is to make you use this hijacker as a regular search engine, but the fact of the matter is that there is nothing regular about it. It redirects entered search terms to a modified Yahoo search engine that can feature ad-supported search results. Since you get redirected to it from Search.hfreeforms.co the promoted links can be unreliable as this hijacker is dedicated to presenting you promotional links to make money.
Like its predecessors, this hijacker was configured to collect information about you to present you with improved modified search results with personalized ads to generate more revenue. Unfortunately, the quality of the search results receives little improvement because the focus is placed on the promotional campaign. The collected information includes your IP address, Internet Service Provider, entered search queries, browsing history, operating system type and version, browser type and version, and so on. This information is obtained using browser cookies, web beacons, and other information collection technologies. Collecting this information is legal, but you should not allow Polarity Technologies to keep tabs on you because they will use this information to advance their own agenda.
In closing, Search.hfreeforms.co is nothing but a browser hijacker set to infect your browser and hope that you will use it for searching the web. If you do use it, then you will see promotional links of unverified legitimacy. Therefore, we recommend that you act swiftly and remove this hijacker from your browser as soon as you can. You can use the instructions provided below. Also, we recommend investing in an anti-malware program to protect your PC from browser hijackers and malicious software.
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