Remove TF.org fake search engine
What is TF.org?
Also Known As: TF.org virus
TF.org is a plain website that looks like a legitimate search engine, so users expect it to display improved search results and enable them to find the relevant information quicker. Our team of experienced specialists is, evidently, more observant if compared to users because they have immediately noticed that TF.org shares similarities with many browser hijackers, indicating that the focus of our article cannot be called a trustworthy search tool too no matter how it looks.
Actually, it is always a bad idea to judge the trustworthiness of a search engine from its appearance because unreliable tools are capable of borrowing interfaces from legitimate search providers. To tell the truth, despite its legitimate-looking appearance TF.org has been categorized as a browser hijacker for its ability to show up on browsers without permission. It is, unfortunately, not its only disadvantage. Read this report from beginning to end to decide whether this search tool should be kept set on your browsers.
TF.org is not a popular search tool, so there is no doubt that users do not set it on all their browsers voluntarily. Instead, it shows up as a homepage after downloading free software from the web. TF.org travels with these free applications in software bundles. No matter where users get it from, they should carefully consider whether they really need this tool, especially when it cannot be called a reliable search engine and it is not going to improve the web searching experience by any means. Rather than improving it, it will considerably diminish it by displaying commercial advertisements.
Ads, which have a form of typical search results, should be visible on the search results page only even though TF.org is powered by Google. The author of this tool has placed them there to increase the traffic rate of certain third-party websites and thus get some money from advertising. Users, of course, do not get anything. They can only allow plenty of undesirable software to enter their PCs by visiting these third-party websites. Of course, users are not told in advanced about the dangers that might lie ahead and, consequently, they fearlessly surf those websites. This might result in security-related problems one day.
STEP 1. TF.org removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
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Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for TF.org related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from TF.org reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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