- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.hcrimereport.co is a search engine that might appear on your browser if you download a particular extension it is thought to be distributed together. Our researchers say the add-on might be called Crime Report, Transit, or similarly. It could be any recently received plugin, so it should not be too difficult to identify it. You may need to do so if you decide you do not want Search.hcrimereport.co on your browser, since to delete it, you need to erase the extension it comes with. If you slide a bit below this article, you should see our prepared removal steps that explain how to locate and eliminate the unwanted extension. The reason we would advise it is that the application is considered to be a browser hijacker. It does not mean it is malicious, but it cannot be trusted entirely either. For more information about it, you should continue reading this article.
It would seem the extension that Search.hcrimereport.co may come from might be distributed through a website called crimereport.co. Additionally, it is possible the browser hijacker could be traveling with bundled setup files, which is why some users may add it without even realizing it. As you see bundled installers do not always inform the user about additional software that might be installed automatically if he does not choose custom installation. Therefore, even though installing tools automatically might seem faster and easier, we highly recommend investing a couple of minutes of your time to read through all terms and conditions. Of course, not all setup files show suggestions only if you pick advanced installation options. Nonetheless, it cannot harm to be more cautious and use the custom installation option whenever you can.
What happens if the extension gets installed? Our researchers say it should alter the user’s browser preferences to settle in. At first, it worked on all major browsers, but at the moment of writing it looks like it is compatible just with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It seems, depending on the browser, the hijacker could replace new tab page or homepage with Search.hcrimereport.co. What’s more, if you pay attention to details it might be hard to miss the toolbar added by the plugin, even though it might look like a part of your browsing application. This toolbar provides links to various websites. In other words, it is similar to the bookmarks tab. Plus, it might have a search box that should look for results through Search.hcrimereport.co as well. What might surprise is that the results could be displayed by Yahoo search engine. However, it is essential to know the loaded Yahoo version could be modified and so it could show modified results too.
It means the results could have content that was not supposed to be there at first, such as advertisements placed by the browser hijacker. If you fear to encounter suspicious advertising content, you should use a different search engine instead of Search.hcrimereport.co. Needless to say, there are plenty of reputable and legitimate search engines to choose from, such as Google or Yahoo. Thus, if you do not think you can trust Search.hcrimereport.co and wish to replace it, we recommend deleting the browser hijacker and picking a search engine of your choice to replace it.
It was mentioned earlier the only way to get rid of the application is to remove the extension it comes with. If you think you can manage this task, you could try to find the add-on on your own while using the instructions located below. Note that if you use Internet Explorer, you should look for a tool created by Springtech LTD. If this task appears to be too complicated or time-consuming, you could install a reliable antimalware tool of your choice. With it, all you would have to do is perform a full system scan and wait for the results to show up. Then click the given removal button, and the tool should clean the system from identified threats.
Erase Search.hcrimereport.co from Mozilla Firefox
Remove Search.hcrimereport.co from Internet Explorer
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