Do you know what Search.hdigitalcointracker.net is?
You need to think very carefully if installing Search.hdigitalcointracker.net is the right move for you. This extension was created by Polarity Technologies Ltd., a company that is known solely because of thousands of potentially unwanted programs and browser hijackers. In fact, they do not function without one another because PUPs are created to introduce users to the hijackers. Needless to say, in this situation, the suspicious search tool is the browser hijacker, which means that we are missing a PUP. According to our research team, this unwanted extension is called “Digital Coin Tracker,” and it was created only recently. We suggest you delete it right away. The good news is that you should have Search.hdigitalcointracker.net removed as well when you eliminate the suspicious extension. Continue reading this report to learn all about this suspicious software.
It was found that Digital Coin Tracker is available for Google Chrome users via the Chrome web store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/digital-coin-tracker/endffbhmdcmndjfadlkcmbfplaaokdmd. The information on this page suggests that the extension is offered by http://digitalcointracker.net/. At the moment, the extension is compatible with Google Chrome only; however, it is likely that the official website will offer installers for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer users too. Most hijackers from this family – including Search.yourmapscenter.com and Search.youremailnow.com – have been offered to all three browsers. Speaking of other threats from the family, it is not hard to determine whether or not they belong to it because of the same interface. Search.hdigitalcointracker.net looks almost identical to all other hijackers created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. The only difference is that it presents easy-access links to unique sites: cointelegraph.com, coindesk.com/information, and news.bitcoin.com. This is not surprising, considering that the PUP promises to provide users with “Digital Currency News.” Because the extension works, some users might be hesitant to delete Search.hdigitalcointracker.net.
Although some users might download Digital Coin Tracker and Search.hdigitalcointracker.net via the official download site or the Chrome web store, our research team warns that this strange software is most likely to be spread via unreliable sites and bundled with other threats. If that is how you let in the PUP and hijacker, you cannot forget about these other threats, and it is best for you to install an anti-malware program to have all of them deleted at once. If this is not an option you choose, you will need to delete Search.hdigitalcointracker.net yourself, and, as we already discussed, you can do that by removing Digital Coin Tracker. The instructions below show how to do it. If you have questions about the process, please use the comments section at the bottom of the page to start a discussion.
- Open the browser, tap Alt+F, and choose More tools.
- Click Extensions and find Digital Coin Tracker.
- Click the recycle bin on its right and select Remove.
- Open the browser, tap Alt+T, and select Options.
- Move to the Extensions menu and find Digital Coin Tracker.
- Click the Remove button next to this extension.
- Open the Control Panel via the Start menu.
- Click Uninstall a program (or Add or Remove Programs).
- Select the application representing Digital Coin Tracker and click Uninstall.
In non-techie terms:
You want to delete Search.hdigitalcointracker.net because it does not offer beneficial services and because it can offer you an unreliable search service, as well as track and leak information about your activity. The hijacker should come bundled with the potentially unwanted extension called “Digital Coin Tracker,” and it should be enough to delete it to have the hijacker eliminated as well. Of course, if the hijacker slithers in on its own, you might have to change search settings directly via your browser. Since this strange software is most likely to enter the system in a bundle along with other threats, using a legitimate anti-malware program is strongly recommended because it will automatically scan your system and delete all existing threats. Otherwise, you would have to erase all threats yourself.