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Remove Uppersearch(.)tk Permanently

Uppersearch(.)tk is a browser hijacker. To remove this unwanted application and everything associated with it, you should read the article till its end.

The hijacker can make modifications to the search engine, homepage, bookmarks and new tab page of your browsers. You can get redirects. Search results can mislead or be filled with targeted advertising content. There could be a browser add-on in connection with this hijacker.

NameUppersearch(.)tk
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers can have their homepage, bookmarks, search engine and new tab page modified.
SymptomsModifies the homepage of your browsers to its main page and might set a new tab page. Your browsers have their search engine changed. You can get redirects. Searches may be filled with various advertising content.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundle Packages
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Uppersearch(.)tk
User Experience Join our forum to discuss Uppersearch(.)tk.

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Uppersearch(.)tk – Distribution Ways

Uppersearch(.)tk is distributed through third-party installations. The hijacker can enter your PC without you knowing, because it hides in freeware installations and bundled packages. In such installation setups, there are additional components selected for installation by default. Most times, these components are not properly disclosed and you end up with Uppersearch(.)tk. Especially, if you just keep pressing Next. To prevent that from happening, check the setup for Custom or Advanced settings.

The hijacker could also be distributed by advertisements, banners or pop-ups, and from visits of unknown websites. Sites with a low reputation like that are probably affiliates of the hijacker’s developers. Affected browsers can be Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari.

Uppersearch(.)tk – Information

Uppersearch(.)tk is the web address of a browser hijacker. When inside your computer, the unwanted application might change various settings. Those settings include your browsers’ homepage, bookmarks, new tab page and the search engine. The search engine uses Google Custom Search with referral links:

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There might also be an add-on set on your browsers, which usually comes bundled with software found on your computer. It can redirect you to the Uppersearch(.)tk address as well as referral links and unwanted pages.

Oddly enough, the Google Custom Search used by the Uppersearch(.)tk address has only 10 pages of search results. And the page links displayed on it might lead to sites with sponsored content or targeted advertising.

You might be redirected a lot from the advertisements, no matter in what shape they appear on pages, like pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links or other. The redirects may lead to websites which gain revenue from referrals or on a pay-per-click basis.

The Privacy Policy of Uppersearch(.)tk states that it is protecting your privacy by allowing you to control it. Then it contradicts itself by laying out facts that they indeed collect data for their records, by using third party services you have no control over.

We are using third party services to record data:
“Gostats.com”
“Google Analytics”
“Google adsense”
“Google Custom Search Engine”

Whenever you do a search query, personal information can be recorded, from any service associated with the hijacker. Here is a closer look at their privacy policy:

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Information that can be collected according to that policy:

  • Search queries and all data you type in searches
  • Search data and specifics of searches
  • Browser (language and type)
  • URLs you visited
  • IP address
  • Country of residence, home address
  • Date and time of your requests
  • Your Internet Search Provider

Other things stated in the policy are that when using UpperSearch, their servers, and third party servers – data is automatically collected. They use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit their website. Cookies and web beacons are used to advertise on their site and record information. Google uses DART cookies to serve its own ads through the UpperSearch site.

So, instead of having the protection of your privacy in their best interest and providing you with ways to control it Uppersearch(.)tk does the opposite. It collects information from their search, ads, website visits, clicks – everything. And all of that is shared and gathered by third parties as well. You should remove this intrusive and unwanted program as soon as possible.

Remove Uppersearch(.)tk Completely

To remove Uppersearch(.)tk manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions outlaid below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program will keep your system safe from future threats.

Delete Uppersearch(.)tk from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall Uppersearch(.)tk in Windows
2.Remove Uppersearch(.)tk from Your Browser

Remove Uppersearch(.)tk automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

1. Remove Uppersearch(.)tk with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Uppersearch(.)tk in the future
Optional: Using an Alternative Anti-Malware Tool
NOTE! Substantial notification about the Uppersearch(.)tk threat: Manual removal of Uppersearch(.)tk requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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