Search.htextfrompc.co is the search engine that you will face if you download Text From PC, an extension that is meant to provide you with access to “texting sites.” It is possible that this browser hijacker will be linked to different extensions in the future, but, right now, this is the one we have found representing the suspicious search engine. Although the extension itself is introduced to you as a tool that can assist you, in reality, its only task is to install the hijacker. On Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers, this hijacker takes over the homepage. On Chrome – as well as the other two – it hijacks the New Tab. If you acquire the extension from the Chrome web store, you are informed about the changes, but we cannot guarantee that users are warned about this if they use third-party installers. Overall, regardless of how it got in, we recommend deleting Search.htextfrompc.co. If you are convinced that this tool can assist you beneficially, let us make things clearer for you.
Text From PC is a new extension, but it is not unique. It was created by Polarity Technologies Ltd, a company that has created hundreds of extensions to support hundreds of similar hijackers. This particular add-on is presented via http://textfrompc.co/; however, this page does not offer an installer, which is quite strange. Right now, the suspicious add-on is spread via one reputable source, and that is the Chrome web store. That being said, it could be spread via unreliable installers, and you could be exposed to it regardless of which browser you use. The risk here is that you could attract other unreliable programs. While Text From PC is just a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and Search.htextfrompc.co is just a hijacker, much more malicious pieces of software could travel bundled with them. Do not hesitate to install a legitimate malware scanner to investigate your operating system. In the worst case scenario, you will be informed about several other infections, but the good news is that you will be able to take action and, hopefully, prevent any unwanted activity.
While the distribution of Search.htextfrompc.co is truly suspicious, what is most suspicious about this hijacker is that it does not offer beneficial services. Just like other hijackers from the same family, including Search.hinstantnewsnow.co and Search.searchgetlnn.com, it displays a few legitimate links that, supposedly, fit the theme. Search.htextfrompc.co promotes Skype, Google Hangouts, PushBullet, and Mighty Text. That means that the extension/hijacker cannot do more than introduce you to a few “communication” applications. Moreover, it is not a reliable search tool either because it redirects to Yahoo Search where modified results are shown. Using this platform, the creator of the threat can successfully promote third-party content and earn a commission. While there is nothing wrong with using and trusting Yahoo Search, you should not use it if a browser hijacker is involved. If you decide that you want search.yahoo.com set as your homepage or New Tab page, make sure you delete the unreliable hijacker and other suspicious pieces of software first.
First, figure out if there are other threats that require your attention. If there are, think if they are more malicious than the hijacker, in which case, you would need to eliminate them first. Next, check if Text From PC is installed. If it is, the chances are that you will have Search.htextfrompc.co removed once you get rid of this suspicious extension. If you need help eliminating it from your browsers, please post a comment below. You can also delete Search.htextfrompc.co using the guide below. Of course, you do not need to handle any of these tasks individually if you discover a serious threat on your PC. In this situation, the best thing you can do is install a trustworthy malware remover/anti-malware tool to have all threats eradicated at once. This option is ideal if you are also worried about your virtual security, which, of course, will be taken care of by the anti-malware software you employ.