What is Nt.Searchpassage.com?
Nt.Searchpassage.com is an unimpressive search tool that Anti-Spyware-101.com research team identifies as a browser hijacker. The interface of this search provider is truly uninspired, and it greets you with a blank page with a regular-looking search box at the top. The two additional icons on the top right corner are there to help you modify the time, date, and weather gadgets that show up at the bottom. Sure, the lack of search options and settings would not matter if the search tool was providing users with beneficial services? Well, is it providing beneficial services? In fact, it redirects to a Yahoo Search Results page, which means that the services of this hijacker are completely worthless. If you wanted to use Yahoo for your web searches, you should implement it instead of a tool that redirects to it. This is not only unnecessary but also dangerous, and you can learn why by reading this report. It also includes the instructions that will help you remove Nt.Searchpassage.com quickly and effortlessly.
How does Nt.Searchpassage.com work?
Our research has revealed that Nt.Searchpassage.com – just like Nt.tidesearch.net – is the kind of a browser hijacker that comes packaged with browser extensions. SearchPassage is the name of the extension that we have found bundled with this hijacker, and it appears that its main goal is to activate the hijacker. Once installed, it can also read/change the data on different websites (most likely to include third-party content, such as ads) and record your geographical location. The official download page for this suspicious add-on is searchpassage.com, but it is also possible to download this unreliable program from the Chrome web store. Notably, the version on the Chrome web store only has one user, which suggests that it is not a popular download source. In fact, our research team believes that most users are introduced to the extension and Nt.Searchpassage.com via third-party software installers. If you accidentally interact with malicious installers promoting this software, even more potentially dangerous programs could enter your operating system, and this could lead to different security problems.
How to remove Nt.Searchpassage.com
Whether you homepage has been hijacked by Nt.Searchpassage.com or Home.Searchpassage.com, it is most likely that SearchPassage is to blame for that. This Firefox/Chrome extension might offer you attractive services, but our researchers warn that this tool was created to leak information about you and inject advertisements where you expect reliable search results. This tool is neither reliable nor useful, and the sooner you get rid of it, the better. According to our research, no leftovers are detected after erasing the extension, which means that you do not need to delete Nt.Searchpassage.com separately. The guide below explains how to erase extensions from the Windows operating system, but you can also delete them in a regular way, directly from your browsers. After you get rid of this unwanted software, scan your PC to check for any remaining threats. If they exist, delete them quickly using a trusted anti-malware tool.
- Simultaneously tap keys Win+E to launch Explorer.
- Type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ or, if you use Windows XP, %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data into the bar at the top and tap Enter.
- Open the Default folder and then the Extensions folder (note that if there are multiple Chrome Profiles, you need to go to the specific Profile folder instead of the Default folder).
- Right-click and Delete the folder named ccnbidgnapdaablpjfacegnliaikhmbm.
- Type %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the bar at the top and tap Enter.
- Open the [random name] folder (has .default string in the name) and then the extensions folder.
- Right-click and Delete the file named @searchpassage.xpi.
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