- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Whether or not your homepage, search provider, or New Tab was taken over by Search.searchtmpn.com without your knowledge, you need to take a critical look at this strange search engine. If you only glance at it, it does not look like anything special at all, but, in fact, it is classified as a browser hijacker, and it is likely to be associated with a potentially unwanted program. Both the hijacker and the PUP are created by the same company, Polarity Technologies Ltd., and users are likely to be lured in using the PUP, which is an extension. When you install the extension, your browser’s settings are modified to ensure that you are exposed to the suspicious search engine. Additionally, the extension places tracking tools to spy on you and your virtual activity. Unfortunately, they might record personally identifiable information, and that is why you need to remove Search.searchtmpn.com from your operating system. You can learn all about the process by reading this report. If you only care about deleting the hijacker, scroll down to find instructions.
The creator of Search.searchtmpn.com is also the creator of Search.weatherradarforecast.co, Search.hlivetvnow.co, Search.hmylocaltransit.co, and many other well-known browser hijackers. All of them have the same interface, but they are represented using unique extensions. However, things are not as straightforward with this particular threat. The extension is called “Track Package,” but an official installer for this PUP does not seem to exist. An add-on by Polarity Technologies Ltd. called “Track Package” is promoted at trackpackage.co, but this one is linked to the Search.searchtmpn2.com hijacker. There also is an add-on named “Track Package Now,” which can be downloaded from trackpackagenow.com. This installer is set up to expose users to Search.searchtpn.com. Clearly, all of them are identical, and, once installed, they promote the same third-party links (to Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, and Gmail), and they offer the same postage tracking service. Even if you thought that these extensions and hijackers individually were harmless, you cannot deny that something is not right. The truth is that these hijackers were not created to assist you with package tracking, and it is important to delete them for due to security issues.
Although it might seem as if the main feature of Search.searchtmpn.com and its clones is the package tracking service, in fact, this threat is meant to expose you to an unreliable search service. If you enter keywords into the search field (or the address bar if the default search provider is hijacked), you will be redirected to Yahoo Search. Even if you are familiar with this search engine, you have to focus on the fact that you are redirected to it illegally, and that is a reason to delete the hijacker. Interacting with the results shown via this engine is the worst idea because they are modified by Search.searchtmpn.com, and you could be exposed to links that route to malicious and scam websites. Do you want to subject yourself to that? If you do not, you should quickly remove Search.searchtmpn.com from your browser along with the add-on it comes bundled with. It is not advised that you just ignore the hijacker because if you do not get rid of it, it will continue spying on you, and that is not beneficial or safe for you.
If Search.searchtmpn.com has taken over your Internet Explorer browser, you will need to uninstall an application as shown in the guide below. If you are dealing with this hijacker on Chrome or Firefox, you will need to remove Track Package. As you can see, the elimination of this particular threat is not complicated. Can we say the same about other threats that might be present on your system? Of course, we cannot. If you do not see any, it does not mean that they do not exist. Unfortunately, the PUP linked to the hijacker could be spread packaged with malware, and if it exists, you might be at risk. Install a trusted malware scanner to inspect your system, and if any threats are found, immediately eliminate them. If you wish to speed up the process, install a legitimate anti-malware program that will automatically delete Search.searchtmpn.com along with any other unreliable pieces that exist on your operating system.
Track Package/Search.searchtmpn.com Removal