Search.hwatchtvnow.co is a new try from the well-known Polarity Technologies Ltd team to make some easy money through promoting affiliates that may not always be trustworthy. This team has created dozens of identical and similar featured search websites, including Search.searchwos.com, Search.trackmyflight.co, and Search.searchfzlm.com, which all have been categorized as browser hijackers after careful research and testing. This hijacker offers you easy access to online TV and streaming movie sites on its fake toolbar, which you can easily bookmark in your browsers anyway. The main problem is that this search engine should not be trusted as it may present you with questionable third-party content. If you engage with the search results this hijacker may show you, it is possible that you drop further infections or end up scammed on a malicious website. Therefore, we recommend that you remove Search.hwatchtvnow.co as soon as possible.
One of the most likely ways for you to end up installing this browser hijacker is to try to download free software from questionable websites, such as filewon.com, malavida.es, and descargar.es, i.e., from freeware and torrent pages. You may not have realized but when you run a web search on a free program to download, there is a good chance that you will find a number of fake and shady file-sharing websites among the first search results even if you use a reputable search engine. Cyber criminals know how to operate a website to come up in the first search results page. However, if you are not familiar with the infamous file-sharing pages and tricks cyber crooks may use to get you click on unsafe content, you may easily end up with a bundle of malware threats after downloading free programs or clicking on other third-party content. Such a bundle may contain potentially unwanted applications and malware programs (adware apps, browser hijackers, Trojans, etc.) in addition to a probably legitimate free program. This is why it is not enough for you to delete Search.hwatchtvnow.co from your browsers; it is just as important that you detect all other threats by using a reliable malware scanner and eliminate them all.
If you find this browser hijacker in your browsers as your new home page, it is also possible that you clicked on the wrong third-party content while browsing the web. Such advertisements and links can be presented to you by malware infections on your computer (adware or browser hijacker) or by suspicious websites associated with online gambling, gaming, and porn. You should really stay away from such pages if you do not wish to infect your system with all kinds of threats. Also, you should not be quick to click on banner and pop-up ads that may show up while you are surfing the web and try to make you believe that you need to urgently install some software or an update. These are most of the time fake ads to drop infections onto your system. As you can see, there are a couple ways how this browser hijacker may have sneaked onto your system. Please remember to make sure you delete all suspicious programs after your remove Search.hwatchtvnow.co from your computer.
This is a totally useless addition to your browsers that can affect all major web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. It displays a fake toolbar at the top of the search page that contains a number of tools, such as the usual questionable search tool, the news (news.mynewswire.co), and the local weather buttons as well as a few online TV and movie-related links to Netflix and Hulu among others. Please note that you can always bookmark any page in your browsers that you want to reach with a click, you do not need such a features search engine page or any other tool to do so. The biggest problem with this browser hijacker is that it may collect information about your online activities and use this to target you with tailored third-party ads and links through the search results it displays to you. As a matter of fact, this hijacker redirects your queries to its own web server and then, to a search.yahoo.com search results page. Although you may think that you can trust Yahoo, please note that you are forwarded there and the results could thus be manipulated. This means that you may be exposed to potentially unreliable ads and links that could come from even cyber criminals as there is no guarantee whatsoever regarding the third parties. If you do not wish to figure out what might happen when you click on such questionable content, we recommend that you remove Search.hwatchtvnow.co from your browsers ASAP.
Our research shows that this browser hijacker only modifies your home page settings. So, if you want to eliminate it, you need to restore these settings. We have included a guide below, which you can use if you prefer to do things yourself. However, if you are the type that would rather use an automated solution, we advise you to install an anti-malware application you find reputable and trustworthy enough (e.g., SpyHunter). Still, it is important for us to mention that you should keep all your programs and drivers always updated to avoid possible malicious attacks by cyber criminals.