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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Todays News Reporter

If you think that installing Todays News Reporter was a good idea, then you are in for a surprise. This browser extension has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it will not provide you with breaking and top news stories, but use this excuse to replace your browser’s homepage address to collect information about you and promote websites in the search results to make money for its developers. Therefore, you should consider removing it because this application is next to useless. Moreover, it promoted content can be unreliable, so you should take that into account as well.

This browser extension was created by Eightpoint Technologies that, according to the license agreement, is based in Cyprus. As per usual, our research has revealed that this company does not really exist because we were unable to find any reliable information on it, including its main website. As far as Todays News Reporter is concerned, we have found that it is hosted on a dedicated website at Todaysnewsreporter.com that features the name of the company and other legal documents. Furthermore, we have also found that you can get it from the Chrome Web Store if you use Google Chrome. However, this program is also compatible with Mozilla Firefox, and you can get the Firefox version from Todaysnewsreporter.com.

Our research has also revealed that this browser extension can be distributed using software bundles. Bundled software installers can feature Todays News Reporter as an additional program and may be installed on your PC automatically. Therefore, to avoid getting it, you have to go to custom/advanced settings and uncheck this program’s checkbox. On top of that, this extension can be promoted using pop-ups that have been set to redirect you to its main distribution website. Now let us discuss what this program can do.

If you happen to install Todays News Reporter on your browser, then rest assured that it will replace your browser’s default homepage address with Search.searchtodaynr.com, a shady search engine created by Polarity Technologies, a known browser hijacker developer responsible for releasing malicious search engines such as Search.hlocalweatherradar.co, Search.htrackyourpackages.co, and Search.searchquickm.com. Therefore, Search.searchtodaynr.com is a highly unreliable search engine because it will redirect all of your entered search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine that may also feature promotional links of questionable origins. Furthermore, Search.searchtodaynr.com’s main page also features ads below its search bar.

The fact that Todays News Reporter’s featured search engine features a toolbar with links to Yahoo News, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News does not make it useful. If anything, this program is deceptive as it offers on features apart from a malicious search engine that features links to legitimate news websites as well as potentially unreliable links in its search results.

It is also worth mentioning that this search engine is capable of gathering non-personally identifiable information about you automatically. Its privacy policy states that it can obtain information such as your entered search queries, browsing history, IP address, ISP domain name, browser type, operating system type, and so on. It collects this information using browser cookies and web beacons, and this information is officially used to improve the services that it provides including the offers and ads that Search.searchtodaynr.com features.

As you can see, Search.searchtodaynr.com is just a simple browser hijacker, and Todays News Reporter is a PUP that offers nothing but a handful of links to news websites and a search engine that keeps tabs on you for advertising purposes. Therefore, it is wise to remove this browser add-on as it only serves the interests of its developers. See the guide below on how to get rid of this extension.

Removal Guide

Google Chrome

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Select More tools.
  4. Click Extensions.
  5. Find Todays News Reporter.
  6. Click Remove.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  3. Click Extensions.
  4. Locate Todays News Reporter.
  5. Click Remove.
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