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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

Search.hfastpackagetracker.co

Search.hfastpackagetracker.co might seem like an annoying tool for anyone who hates irritating third-party advertisements since it is quite likely the application may inject such content into the displayed search results or show it while the user is browsing the Internet. Search.hfastpackagetracker.co is a search engine and a browser hijacker. It was classified this way because after entering the system it might affect users default browser by replacing some of its preferences, such as your homepage, default search engine, or new tab page. If you wish to get your older settings but do not know how to do this, we can offer the deletion instructions located at the end of the text as they will explain the process in detail.

For starters we should mention the browser hijacker might begin recording particular information as soon as it enters the system, for example, it could be your visited web pages, clicked ads, used search keywords, time spent on particular websites, your IP address, and so on. Apparently, the anonymous user data might be needed “by third-party advertising networks and advertisers who help deliver relevant ads.” This and other relevant statements about the search engine’s policy on privacy issues you can find in its Privacy Policy document available via Search.hfastpackagetracker.co.

What’s more, in the “Disclaimer of Warranties” and “Limitation of Liability” sections located on the mentioned Privacy Policy paper there are statements saying the software’s creators do not take responsibility for any third-party content. This could mean you will be solely to blame if for example the browser hijacker’s displayed ads take you to malicious web pages or suggest harmful programs, and so on. Thus, it might be that no one reviews third-party content and it may come from lots of different sources. Provided you do not wish to encounter potentially dangerous content we would advise you to be extra cautious with the search engine’s shown ads.

Another important detail you should know about Search.hfastpackagetracker.co is that it appears to be created by an unreliable developer called Polarity Technologies Ltd. Our researchers say this company has released many more similar browser hijackers and in fact, we have already reviewed quite a few of them in our previous articles, for example, Search.testmyspeeds.co, Search.loginemailaccounts.com, Search.easyrecipesnow.com, and so on. Therefore, naturally, we do not think you should trust any tools created by this doubtful company.

As for our last observation, we noticed that many of these browser hijackers similar or almost identical to Search.hfastpackagetracker.co could have been distributed through bundled software installers, and quite a few of them traveled bundled with a particular browser extension. Consequently, our specialists believe this browser hijacker might be distributed similar ways, for example, it could come with a browser extension called Fast Package Tracker or something similar. One way or another if you received the threat unknowingly and noticed it only after you opened the hijacked browser, it might mean you are a bit careless during installation processes.

To avoid getting applications like Search.hfastpackagetracker.co or ones that could cause you, even more, trouble we advise you always to pick the advanced installation settings and pay close attention to the terms and conditions you see on the configuration wizard. For additional protection, users can install a reliable antimalware tool as well. Just keep it in mind it needs to be updated when possible so it would be able to recognize not just the threats that exist at the moment, but also new ones. Plus, you could use such a tool to erase this unreliable search application. All you have to do is install a trustworthy tool, make it perform a full system scan, and click the deletion button, you should find after the scan.

Users who prefer removing the browser hijacker on their own can follow our provided instructions and restore the settings Search.hfastpackagetracker.co could have modified manually. You can also place a comment below or write us via social media if you feel you need further assistance with the threat’s removal or merely wish to know something else about it.

Delete Search.hfastpackagetracker.co

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Windows key+R.
  2. Type Regedit and click Enter.
  3. Find the provided location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. Choose a value name called Start Page.
  5. Right-click it and select Modify.
  6. Replace http://Search.hfastpackagetracker.co and press OK.
  7. Exit the Registry Editor.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click Windows key+E.
  2. Find the particular location: C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Unique User ID]
  3. Select prefs.js and open it with Notepad.
  4. Look for the specific code line: user_pref(“browser.startup.homepage”, “http://Search.hfastpackagetracker.co”).
  5. Replace http://Search.hfastpackagetracker.co and press Ctrl+S.
  6. Exit Notepad.

Google Chrome

  1. Click Windows key+E.
  2. Find this directory: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  3. Choose the following files:
    Preferences
    Secure Preferences
    Web Data
  4. Right-click this data separately and click Delete.
  5. Leave the Explorer.
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