- Hijacks homepage
- Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel
Topsecuritytabsearch.com may look like an ordinary search engine, but it is much more than that and not in a good way. We have analyzed it and concluded that it is just another browser hijacker because it is distributed in a dishonest manner and is set to replace your web browser’s homepage. Therefore, we advise that you remove it from your PC as soon as the opportunity arises. Also, we want to warn you that it is set to show modified search results that are apt to feature shady promotional links. These promotional links might jeopardize your computer’s security as there is no way of knowing whether they are legitimate.
This newly released hijacker comes from our old foe — Imali Media, company dedicated to developing and releasing dozens of malicious browser extensions featuring a search engine that also set up by this same company. This company is in the web monetization business, but its business practices are less than legitimate as its browser extensions are disseminated in a dishonest and outright deceitful manner. Apart from creating Topsecuritytabsearch.com, this company has also released Search.mysafetabsearch.com, Search.socialnewpagessearch.com, Search.funtvtabplussearch.com and many others.
Usually, Imali Media’s hijackers have a dedicated website that features the download of their browser extension in addition to being bundled with third-party applications and being put up for download. However, Topsecuritytabsearch.com browser extension TopsSecurityTab does not have a dedicated distribution website. Since this hijacker is relatively new, the website might still be in the making or down for some unexpected reason. In any case, like previously released extensions, TopsSecurityTab is known to be bundled with shady installers that install it secretly. In some cases, you might not be able to go to advanced settings to deselect its installation. This is the nature of freeware, so we encourage you to avoid shady software hosting websites as they are bound to bundle the free software with the likes of TopsSecurityTab to make more money.
Once this extension is secretly installed on your computer, it will automatically change the homepage address to Topsecuritytabsearch.com. This particular extension has versions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but not for Microsoft Internet Explorer. The purpose of changing the homepage address is obviously to make you use Topsecuritytabsearch.com for searching online. In short, this hijacker redirects web traffic to itself for the purpose of gaining users that otherwise would not use it.
Topsecuritytabsearch.com redirects the entered search queries to its server at http://extsearch.maxwebsearch.com which redirects them to a modified Yahoo.com search engine. The “modified” part is of utmost relevance because that means that the search results have been modified to include additional promotional links. Links that, if they come from unreliable entities, can redirect you to infected and malicious websites and get your computer infected with dangerous malware. Other websites might try to extract personal information from you, such as fake online shopping websites that want to get your online banking credentials.
In conclusion, Topsecuritytabsearch.com is a fake search engine that masquerades as legitimate. Yet, it is distributed in a most deceptive dishonest manner. To avoid undesirable consequences that may arise as a result of using it, we invite you to remove its extension from the browser’s list of extensions and manually remove all of it remnants. Please follow the detailed instructions found below.
Remove the browser extension
Delete the remnants