- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.hthecalendar.co is a search engine that might redirect to a modified Yahoo search engine. According to our researchers, this might give the application opportunity to inject additional advertisements during the mentioned redirection. Therefore, we suspect the displayed results could contain various advertising material originating from unknown sources. Another thing we learned about Search.hthecalendar.co, is it may hijack the user’s homepage, default search engine, or new tab page, which is why the program is considered to be a browser hijacker. Naturally, more details will be revealed if you continue reading the article. What’s more, users who wish to erase it could have a look at the instructions located below the article. They will explain what to do to eliminate the threat manually. Needless to say, if you need any additional help, you could leave us a message at the end of this page.
Researching the application revealed it does not work on Google Chrome browsers. Apparently, the only browsers it is compatible with are Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It is possible it could be spread via bundled software installers, pop-up ads, and so on. For example, the browser hijacker might be distributed with an unreliable extension called Calendar or similarly. Our researchers say it is entirely possible given Search.hthecalendar.co provides a toolbar that contains lots of various links. Our advice to those who wish to stay away from similar threats in the future would be to be more cautious when installing new software or interacting with pop-up ads. Extra precautions should be taken when downloading installers from torrent or other unreliable file-sharing web pages. For example, users could scan the installers with reliable antimalware tools, pick advanced installation settings and review all given terms, etc. However, probably it would be even better to avoid downloading setup files from sites distributing pirated programs or suspicious freeware.
What happens if Search.hthecalendar.co enters the computer? As we mentioned previously, the application should affect the user’s browser by replacing its homepage and default search engine. Plus, slightly below the address bar you should see a toolbar containing links to weather, new, or calendar web pages. Keep it in mind you can access all of these web pages without installing the browser hijacker. It seems to us the tool providing links anyone could bookmark for themselves is rather useless. Nevertheless, it is crucial to realize it is doubtful the main threat’s goal is to offer a useful toolbar. Our researchers believe the application’s developers seek to encourage users to search the Internet with their search engine, which is probably why the tool hijacks the user’s browser by replacing his preferences with Search.hthecalendar.co. It is entirely possible the application’s gathered results might contain additional advertising material from its third-party partners, and each click could generate advertising revenue.
The bad news is why clicking the ads this threat might display could be profitable to its creators it might bring only trouble to the search engine’s users. As we explained earlier, there is not knowing where Search.hthecalendar.co ads could come from, which means some of them might be possibly dangerous and so interaction with them may endanger the computer or the user’s privacy. For instance, the injected advertising material could lead to scam websites, web pages distributing other browser hijackers or malware, and so on. Because of these risks, we advise not to waste any time with this browser hijacker and erase it before anything goes wrong.
It appears to be the only way to get rid of Search.hthecalendar.co is to remove the extension it might have entered the system with. Internet Explorer users should look for an extension developed by Springtech LTD via Control Panel, while Mozilla Firefox should delete an extension named Calendar or similar from their browser’s extensions menu. Both of these processes will be explained in the instructions located below, so if you need any assistance feel free to use them. On the other hand, if you would like to use antimalware software instead, we would recommend picking a reputable tool and scanning the system with it. Once it is done, the tool should show the identified threats and allow you to remove them at once.
Delete the extension responsible for Search.hthecalendar.co from Mozilla Firefox
Erase the extension related to Search.hthecalendar.co from Internet Explorer
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