- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.searchtpg.com is not one of those reputable search providers even though it looks like a legitimate search tool, so if you ever find it set as your homepage, i.e., it is opened to you each time you launch your web browser, you should remove it right away. It is considered to be untrustworthy not only because the majority of users find it set on their web browsers without their knowledge. The main reason specialists do not call it a reputable search tool is the fact that it might show untrustworthy search results and expose users to potential threats. Of course, not all users delete the search tool set on their browsers immediately because it does not seem to be bad; however, you should not even think about keeping it if you do not want to land on a corrupted page promoting untrustworthy software one day. We do not say that this will necessarily happen to all users who use this search tool to perform web searches; however, you cannot know whether you will not be one of them. It should not be very hard to remove Search.searchtpg.com from browsers because resetting them is all you need to do to get rid of it. We will talk about the Search.searchtpg.com removal in this article, but, first, we want to explain why users should not keep it.
Specialists consider Search.searchtpg.com an untrustworthy search tool because it acts as a browser hijacker. To put it differently, it can change browsers’ settings without permission. Of course, it is not the only reason researchers recommend getting rid of it as soon as possible. The presence of untrustworthy search results on the search result page it opens is the main reason they do not call it reliable. Speaking specifically, you will be presented with the modified search results if you use it. They do not differ much from ordinary search results if we compare only their appearance, so even experienced users find it quite hard to avoid them. The so-called modified search results are not malicious, but they might still cause problems to users by redirecting them to websites promoting dubious applications. What else specialists at pcthreat.com have found quite disturbing is the fact that Search.searchtpg.com might record personally-identifiable details. From the technical standpoint, it is just a simple website, so it will not access any sensitive information. Instead, it will automatically record personal details (e.g. name, surname, address, etc.) entered in the search box by the user himself/herself. Therefore, you should never use any personal details as search queries. Of course, personally-identifiable information is not the only type of information this search tool is going to record. As our specialists have noticed, it also automatically records such non-personally identifiable details as links clicked, websites opened, IP address, etc. Keep in mind that all details Search.searchtpg.com records might be shared with third parties.
If you have recently downloaded and installed software from filewon.com, malavida.es, filewin.com, or another website, we are not surprised why you browsers’ settings have been altered – Search.searchtpg.com is often spread with third-party software P2P websites promote. Since it arrives on users’ computers and applies changes to their browsers without their knowledge, it is often referred to as a browser hijacker. Of course, you could have set this search tool on your browsers too. In such a case, we do not recommend keeping this product of Polarity Technologies Ltd. set on your browsers. We would like to inform you that this company has already released a bunch of similar pages based on the same template, so you might find your browsers’ settings altered again if you do not do anything to ensure your PC’s maximum protection. Your system will be safe if you acquire and enable security software on it.
You will not need to do much to remove Search.searchtpg.com from browsers. Your one and only task is to reset browsers to default settings. Users who have never done that before should follow the step-by-step instructions provided below this article because the removal of the browser hijacker is still not a piece of cake. If you realize that the manual removal method is not for you, undo the changes applied to your browsers automatically – scan your computer with an automated antimalware tool.
How to remove Search.searchtpg.com