Search.searchtrmypa.com is a browser hijacker that affects Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. This annoying computer infection will monitor your online activity as it needs to make a financial profit for its creators. Although browser hijackers are not direct malware threats, they can be easily used as malware distributors, so you need to take that into account when you decide what to do with this program. It is clear that you have to remove Search.searchtrmypa.com, though. Hesitating will only increase the possibility of malicious exploitation. Do not put your computer at risk just because it looks like this search engine is not a big deal. It might as well be.
What does not allow us to treat this hijacker lightly is the fact it comes from a big family of similar infections. For example, we know that it is very similar to Search.yourpackagesnow.com, Search.yourinterestscenter.com, Search.searchlttrn.com, and so on. Thus, you can expect the same level of shenanigans from Search.searchtrmypa.com, too. Not to mention that the hijacker clearly employs the same distribution methods, as it can reach multiple computer systems worldwide. Unfortunately, users are also involved in this because browser hijackers cannot travel on their own.
Our research team says that this program should spread around bundled with malicious installers. Malicious installers usually refer to third-party installers that carry more than one application. They might be hosted on file-sharing websites or some pop-ups that you encounter when you browse the web. For example, you may also run into a notification that urges you to upgrade your Flash player or to perform a full system scan because there might be some unwanted programs on-board. Whenever you see such things on the Internet, you should refrain from clicking the Start, OK, Scan, or any other button for that matter. Such notifications are false. They are there to push you into installing unwanted and potentially harmful software. By closing the page and staying away from such things, you will surely protect your computer.
However, what should you do if Search.searchtrmypa.com is already on your PC? For starters, do not run any web searchers through it. Just because the search engine looks nice and user-friendly, it does not mean it is reliable. What’s more, even if it seems that the program has something to do with the Yahoo! Search, it is only an illusion. Like most of the browser hijackers, it makes use of a legitimate search engine to provide you with search results. However, the search results you see via the customized Yahoo! Search are far from reliable.
When you are infected with a browser hijacker, your search results are modified according to your web browsing history. A hijacker will make sure it collects information on your likes and preferences via tracking cookies and other monitoring tools. It is not illegal because technically you allow Search.searchtrmypa.com to monitor you when you install this program, but it is very likely that users seldom realize what they agree to when they install freeware.
To remove Search.searchtrmypa.com from your computer, please follow the instructions we have provided below. After manual removal, you should still scan your computer with a security tool of your choice. There is always a chance that some files or programs were left behind, and you need to make sure your system is safe and clean.