The default search provider of your browser could have been changed to Tiktok-searches.com if you installed an extension named TikTokSearches. According to our research, this extension is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and the recommendation is to remove it. Do you know what a PUP is? It is the kind of piece of software that is not useful and/or not reliable. Usually, it is an app or an extension that promises amazing services but ends up underdelivering. PUPs are also often working on two fronts, meaning that one kind of service is introduced to the potential user, and an entirely different service is activated after installation. For example, with TikTokSearches, you must have downloaded it to help you find TikTok videos, but it ended up redirecting you to Yahoo Search and spying on you. This is why we advise deleting Tiktok-searches.com, and if you are interested, continue reading.
According to our research team, you might have downloaded the Tiktok-searches.com related extension onto your Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser. And how did you download it? When we analyzed the PUP, it was no longer available via the Chrome Web Store, and it did not look like you could acquire it from install.tiktok-searches.com. Perhaps you yourself do not know where this PUP has come from, or you remember downloading it with the help of an unreliable installer. It is not uncommon for PUPs to spread using software bundles and unreliable installers. In fact, we have seen these tactics used for the distribution of ConverterSearchPlus, PDFConvertersSearch, SportStreamSearch, and other extensions that appear to be very similar to TikTokSearches. All of these PUPs have the so-called “portal” page (e.g., portal.tiktok-searches.com) that offers a free PDF converter. Strangely, the page is introduced separately from the PUP itself, and if you install it, it only introduces feed.tiktok-searches.com.
It was found that feed.tiktok-searches.com was created to redirect to search.yahoo.com (Yahoo Search). Do you know why that is a problem? That is because the PUP modifies the results that you see. So, normal results could be plagued with advertisements and links to unfamiliar third-party websites. Obviously, these additional links are likely to appear first, and if you trust Yahoo Search, you might click on them without thinking things through. And what could happen if you clicked these suspicious additional links? We cannot know for sure, but there is always a risk that you could find yourself on unreliable websites that might be built to distribute malware and tangle visitors into virtual scams. We are sure that that is the kind of stuff you want to avoid. You might also want to avoid data-tracking cookies that can help the creator of Tiktok-searches.com to collect personal and non-personal information and then share it with undisclosed third-party partners.
Since there are not many – if any – advantages to using Tiktok-searches.com, we are sure that you want to delete it as soon as possible. If this search tool is associated with the TikTokSearches extension, as we expect it, it should be enough for you to delete it to get rid of the search tool itself. If that is not the case, you might have to reset the browser and change the default search provider to something of your choice. Hopefully, you will not need to do that. In either case, scanning your entire operating system is another step that you should take. Even if you are sure that other threats have not slithered into your system along with the hijacker/PUP, you can spare a few moments to double check. And what should you do if additional threats are discovered? You could try removing Tiktok-searches.com and the additional threats separately, but you could also implement trusted anti-malware software that would perform a complete removal of all active threats automatically.