- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.searchytdav.com is yet another questionable featured search website created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. This team seems to be quite busy coming up with new threats every other day or so. We have seen dozens of identical and similar search engine pages in the past months, including Search.searchytds.com and Search.searchytdvta.com. This malware infection belongs to the browser hijacker category of threats since it is capable of changing your browser settings. It seems that this hijacker can affect your most popular browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. Therefore, you could be exposed to its potentially unreliable third-party content every time you open your browser. Since this search engine looks very similar to Google at first sight, there is a chance that you have not even noticed the browser changes. But, if you do not want to infect your computer with more malware threats or land on malicious sites that can scam you, it is important that you remove Search.searchytdav.com right away. Let us tell you more about this browser hijacker so that you can avoid such threats next time.
There are basically two ways for you to infect your computer with this browser hijacker. First, it is possible that you install a potentially unwanted browser extension called TubeTab, which seems to install one of a couple of identical browser hijackers from this family. This extension can be rather misleading because of its name and most users may think that it has something to do with YouTube. Of course, it has nothing to do with anything useful for that matter, as it simply installs a questionable search engine as your home page, new tab, and possibly, default search engine. However, if you do not recall installing this tool, there is a good chance that this browser hijacker crawled onto your system in more questionable ways. But even if you installed this extension knowingly and from an official source, such as the Chrome web store, we still advise you to delete Search.searchytdav.com from your browsers.
We believe that it is more likely that you install this hijacker when installing a freeware bundle that could also carry a number of other malware infections (adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, fake alerts, and ransomware) as well as potentially unwanted applications. You can easily download such a package from questionable file-sharing pages, such as filewin.com and malavida.es, when you are trying to download a free program or a cracked file. But you may also drop such a bundle when you click on corrupt third-party content, such as banner and pop-up ads, and fake buttons, on suspicious webpages related to file sharing, betting, gaming, and dating. You always need to be careful on unfamiliar suspicious sites become even if you click on seemingly empty space or into an input field (e.g., search field), you may trigger malicious code that could redirect you to unreliable pages or directly drop a bundle in the background. We recommend that after you delete Search.searchytdav.com from your browsers, you also run a reliable online malware scanner to find all possible threats on your system.
This search page does not have any beneficial features for you to be frank. Apart from the search box, it displays a row of thumbnail links that lead to popular websites, including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Facebook, and Instagram. You can hide or show this row as you wish by clicking on the assigned link. However, keep in mind that you can easily bookmark any page you want by using the built-in bookmark function of your browsers, which is also the most reliable option. This browser hijacker may present to you modified search results even if it redirects you to a Yahoo search results page. This infection can insert potentially unreliable third-party ads and links to promote affiliated websites in order to generate revenue. Unfortunately, clicking on any of these could be risky as you may drop other infections or end up on malicious pages. Thus, we suggest that you remove Search.searchytdav.com as soon as possible.
Since this malware infection may come with a browser extension, we think that it is best to reset all the affected browsers to get rid of all browser-related infection there may be. Please follow our instructions below if you feel up to this task. The protection of your virtual world should be your number one priority if you do not want to risk your files and your personal information stored on your hard disk. This is why we advise you to download and install a trustworthy malware removal application like SpyHunter as soon as possible.
How to remove Search.searchytdav.com from your browsers