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search-twcc-main-pageBrowser Hijacking Software associated with the search engine search.twcc.com has been reported to cause numerous advertisements and slow down computers it’s installed on. The potentially unwanted program(PUP) has been reported to collect personally identifiable user information and be associated with numerous third-party websites and advertisement networks. It is not malware. However, it may be indirectly dangerous because of third-party content. This is why experts strongly advise removing Search.twcc.com malware completely from your computer. One way to do it is if you read this article and follow the instructions in it for maximum effectiveness and permanent removal.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.twcc.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Potentially Unwanted Program
Short DescriptionModifies the home page of the web browsers installed on the affected machine, may change the page and may collect user information.
SymptomsSets the web page as a default for one or more web browsers by modifying the Windows Registry. Displaying of various advertisements. Slow PC.
Distribution MethodBundling or other PUPs
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Search.twcc.com Browser Hijacker – How Does It Install On PCs

A technique known as bundling may be used to slither a toolbar “as a free extra” along with other programs’ installers downloaded online. Such free programs are usually posted on torrent websites and third-party websites who are providing a lot of freeware in one place. Such sites include the installers of toolbars and other browser add-ons as well as programs, like Search.twcc.com browser hijacker.

Users should always take their time when they are installing new software, especially because the installers may contain bundles. In addition to that, Search.twcc.com hijacker may be in one of the installation steps when you go over the Advanced installation.

Search.twcc.com Browser Hijacker Viewed In Details

As soon as the hijacker is installed on the computer, Search.twcc.com may be set as the home page of web browsers of the user. This can happen if the following registry keys are modified:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Google Chrome
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Mozilla Firefox\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Opera\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Internet Explorer\

After being set as a homepage, the Search.twcc.com browser hijacker my use cookies and Local shared objects (LSOs) as well as third-party ad services and providers to collect various information from the user PC:

  • Website Usage Information.
  • Clear GIFs.
  • IP Address and Clickstream Data.
  • Name.
  • Address.
  • Financial information.

Not only this but the hijacker has the ability to control short messaging service records if they are present on the device as well.

Another interesting detail about the homepage Search.twcc.com is that the connection to it is not encrypted and it uses over 20 different cookies from third-party websites:

According to its privacy policy, the third-parties included in the website are:

  • AOL Networks.
  • DoubleClick.
  • Google.
  • Tremor Video.

What is even more interesting is the unusual amount of third-party advertisements that are displayed by the search engine when you use it:

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In addition to that, other advertisements may also be displayed, like pop-ups, browser redirects, taken over banner spaces and highlighted text which leads to other websites.

In the privacy policy of Search.twcc.com it Is initially stated that the company Time Warner Cable does not retain and collect any personal information belonging to users:

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However, after you keep reading there are numerous mentions of possible collection and sharing of personal information:

privacy-policies-sensorstechforum-twcc-search

The bottom line for this browser hijacking software is that it is primarily oriented into driving traffic to sites via ad-networks and making money from advertisements and pay-per-click schemes to its creators. Since this website has many third-party sites related to it, it may prove to be indirectly dangerous with time, for example lead the user unknowingly to sites that can be scamming or infect his computer with malware. This is why its removal is recommended.

Removal Process for Search.twcc.com Browser Hijacker

In order to fully erase this browser hijacker from your computer, you need to be completely aware on how to find the numerous settings in the Windows Registry it may have modified and also find its program files. In addition to that you should also reset your web browser. To help you with this, we have prepared instructions for manual removal below. However, if you do not have experience with them, we’d advise following the Automatic removal instructions and downloading an advanced anti-malware program which will make sure there is no trace of Search.twcc.com browser hijacker and protect your computer from such PUPs and malware in the future.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove Search.twcc.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.twcc.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Search.twcc.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.twcc.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.twcc.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Search.twcc.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Search.twcc.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.twcc.com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Search.twcc.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Search.twcc.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Search.twcc.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Search.twcc.com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Search.twcc.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Search.twcc.com from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Search.twcc.com from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Search.twcc.com from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Search.twcc.com from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.twcc.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Search.twcc.com from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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