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Tempo Search browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is Tempo Search browser hijacker?

Tempo Search says that it provides the best results from the entire Internet

Tempo SearchTempo Search can be removed in the settings or by deploying security tools

Tempo Search is a browser extension or a potentially unwanted program that has hijacking capabilities. It changes the most important browser settings like the homepage, new tab address, and implements a different search engine. Even though the creators claim that they provide “The best results from the entire Internet”, that is not true, and there are many much better engines so you definitely do not need it.

When the extension is added to the browser, it can track users' browsing activity like the pages they visit, links they click on, purchases they make, and more, so it is definitely not with it to trust shady individuals with this information. The data can later be sold to advertising networks that use it to further personalize ads shown to users and make them more likely to spend money through their referral links.

This add-on is created for the sole purpose of generating revenue from PPC advertising.[1] So while the hijacker is on the browser, people can experience an increased amount of commercial content like banners, pop-ups, surveys, and others. The developers of the add-on do not care about users' security or privacy so they do not filter what ads they show. Users might see some common scams appear like prize giveaways, fake software updates, etc.

NAME Tempo Search
TYPE Browser hijacker; potentially unwanted program
SYMPTOMS An extension is added to the browser; homepage and new tab address altered; a different search engine is implemented; sponsored links displayed in the results
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS Inaccurate search results, sponsored links can lead to dangerous pages that want to get users personal information
ELIMINATION You can remove an extension via browser settings or by deploying professional security software
FURTHER STEPS After elimination is complete, clean your web browsers and repair system files. You can do that automatically with ReimageIntego

A closer look into the browser hijacker

It is rare for users to find these kinds of apps on their own. Most of the time they are spread on questionable websites full of deceptive ads[2] and sneaky redirects. It is common for users to add these accidentally without even noticing. Most people think that they care a lot about online safety, but when it actually comes to preserving it, few take precautionary steps.

Tempo Search browser hijackerTempo Search alters the search results and tracks users' behavior

As we mentioned before, the add-on changes various settings. For example, users have their homepage set to uk.temposearch.com and are forced to search through a different engine. This way the developers can see all your search queries, and the links you click on. They create a user profile and can later provide it to third parties.

Usually, hijackers do not have their own search engines, they just implement an already existing one like Bing to just make it functional and serve its purpose, but this one is different, and the creators put in the effort to create their own engine. It does not appear to be unique in any way and does not provide any significant benefits to make it worth keeping.

If you go to the Privacy Policy of Tempo Search you will find an extensive list of things that it keeps track of. Some of those include your IP address and Internet usage data. The add-on can also gather various information with the help of cookies.[3] That is why we suggest having an optimization tool like ReimageIntego in your machine that can clear your browsers automatically. Besides that, the application can fix corrupted files and serious system errors so it has a lot of benefits.

How to get rid of intruders from browsers?

Generally, browser extensions are created to provide users some benefits, like mask the location, block ads, and suspicious links, or automatically find discount coupons while shopping online. People add them when they see promotions and good reviews.

You can remove browser add-ons by going to your settings. Find the list of extensions installed in your browser and remove any suspicious ones. We show how to do that in the guide below:

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Safari

  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

PUPs work in the background

If the previous removal method did not get rid of the hijacker, that means that you might have a PUA[4] installed in your system. In this case, if you try to change the homepage or other settings to the way they were before, or remove the add-on, the PUP will just keep messing up with the settings until it is eliminated from the machine.

Most often users download PUPs from unofficial pages that distribute freeware. The creators of these sites still need to make money so they use software bundling to do that. They include additional programs in the installers that generate revenue in different ways. Of course, that is not disclosed on these websites, so if users rush through the installation process and do not notice this, they install the PUA together with the desired software.

To avoid this, next time go through all the installation steps. Choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation method, read the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. Most importantly, check the files up for installation. If you see any suspicious apps that look totally unrelated, untick the boxes next to their names.

The program that is causing settings changes could have any name or icon, so if you are not sure what to do and you do not want to risk deleting the wrong files, we suggest using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes anti-malware tools that will scan your machine, eliminate it, and prevent such infections in the future by giving you a warning before a PUP can make any changes. If manual removal is what you still prefer, we have instructions for Windows and Mac machines:

Windows 10/8:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Windows 7/XP:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Mac:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2
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How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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