Do you know what Search.searchytdvta.com is?
Search.searchytdvta.com might look like a safe and reliable search engine, but rest assured that it is neither. Our cyber security experts have classified it as a browser hijacker and recommend that you remove it as soon as the opportunity arises. It is regarded as a hijacker because it can be installed on your browser without your knowledge or consent. It is also considered malicious because its search results can have promotional links that can redirect you to malicious websites that can scam you or get your PC infected with more malware. Therefore, using this particular search engine is a potential security risk and you ought to refrain from using it.
Search.searchytdvta.com is the latest browser hijacker by Polarity Technologies, the gold standard of browser hijacker development. This company has been releasing hijackers for quite some time now, and it seems that there is no end in sight as the people behind this company stand to make a lot of money off the ad campaigns imbedded in hijackers such as Search.searchytdvta.com.
Our researchers have discovered that this hijacker comes with an accompanying browser extension called Tubetab which is compatible with Google Chrome only. You can get this extension from the Chrome Web Store which, unfortunately, still features this extension. Nevertheless, this hijacker is distributed using another channel. Our researchers have classified it as a hijacker because its developers have made arrangements to include it in bundled software installers set to inject Tubetab into your browser secretly. Researchers say that those installers do not allow you to deselect this hijacker’s installation, so unless you have an anti-malware program capable of stopping this extension and, thus, this hijacker from installing, then they will enter your PC by stealth.Search.searchytdvta.com screenshot
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Search.searchytdvta.com is set to replace the homepage address, new tab page and search provider of your browser and, thus, force you to use it for searching the Internet. It redirects all entered search queries to a modified Yahoo search engine that was configured to show promotional links. Now, promotional links are not bad in and of themselves, but Search.searchytdvta.com’s promotions come from unknown sources, so they are inherently unreliable. In the worst case scenario, this hijacker can redirect you to pages that feature malware downloads or some other malicious content that can compromise your computer’s security. It can also redirect you to scam or phishing websites that can be copies of legitimate websites.
Another aspect worth mentioning is that this hijacker can collect some information about you. Its developers may collect personal information about you if you contact them voluntarily. Also, it can collect non-personally identifiable information such as your IP address, Internet Service Provider (ISP) domain name, browsing history, search terms entered, browser version, operating system type, and so on to present you with personalized search results that would peak your interest and generate clicks and, thus, ad revenue. However, since this search engine is unreliable, we recommend that you delete it and Tubetab.
In conclusion, Search.searchytdvta.com is nothing more than a browser hijacker dedicated to replacing your default search engine in order to show you promotional links that can jeopardize your PC’s security. Therefore, to keep your PC out of harm’s way, we recommend that you remove Search.searchytdvta.com and Tubetab using the instructions located below.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Simultaneously press Alt+F.
- Open More tools.
- Select Extensions.
- Find Tubetab.
- Click Remove.
In non-techie terms:
Search.searchytdvta.com may look like a regular search engine but the reality is that it is nothing more than a browser hijacker dedicated to replacing your browser’s homepage and other settings. Its search results can feature potentially malicious links, so we recommend that you remove it from your browser as soon as you can.