What is Transit Schedules?
Developer promote Transit Schedules as an app that can be used to search for free public transit routes. Additionally, it includes a web search tool. In fact, this app is a browser hijacker.
Transit Schedules changes browser settings to promote a fake search engine (search.htransitschedules.com) and records information relating to users' browsing habits. Transit Schedules is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since people usually download and install it unintentionally.
Browser hijackers can be installed on the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers. After installation they change browser settings such as the default search engine, new tab URL, and homepage. Transit Schedules assigns them to search.htransitschedules.com.
Generally, none of these settings can be undone unless the app that appointed them is uninstalled. Therefore, people are forced to visit the new address (in this case, search.htransitschedules.com) when they open a hijacked browser, new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar.
Note that if used, search.htransitschedules.com displays search results by Yahoo (it simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com).
It delivers no unique results, thus rendering it useless. Furthermore, search.htransitschedules.com and Transit Schedules record users' IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of opened pages, and other similar information. Developers send this data to other parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.
Some of the gathered details might be private. In summary, people who use apps such as Transit Schedules risk problems with browsing safety and privacy, or they might even become victims of identity theft. Additionally, Transit Schedules is distributed with another app called Hide My Searches. This app is also a PUA, and both should be uninstalled immediately.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names (*-24047307.exe)||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Transit Schedules, Transit.|
|Supposed Functionality||This browser hijacker supposedly operates as a web search tool and includes free transition schedules.|
|Serving IP Address (search.htransitschedules.com)||184.108.40.206|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Additional Information||Setup of Transit Schedules is used to promote another browser hijacker named Hide My Searches.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Typically, developers disguise apps of this type as useful, legitimate, and so on. Unfortunately, few operate as promised. In most cases, they cause various problems, promote fake search engines, and gather data that is often misused to generate revenue.
How did Transit Schedules install on my computer?
People often download and install PUAs unintentionally by clicking intrusive, deceptive advertisements or downloading and installing various rogue programs. PUAs are often included in set-ups of download and installation set-ups.
Related information can usually be found in setup options such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on, however, not all users check or change these options. In this way, they agree to download or install additional software by default. This deceptive marketing method is known as "bundling".
Developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with other software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Avoid downloading software from untrustworthy, unofficial sources, using torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), various third party software downloaders, and other similar channels. The safest way to download programs and files is to use direct links and official, trustworthy websites.
When a setup contains "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar settings, they should be carefully checked. Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted apps before completing the setup. Intrusive ads (especially those displayed on dubious web pages) often lead to potentially malicious websites or even cause unwanted downloads/installations.
These ads should not be trusted or clicked. To stop the browser from opening dubious web pages and/or showing unwanted ads, remove any suspicious or unwanted extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins that are installed on it immediately. The same should be applied to programs of this type installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with Transit Schedules, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Transit Schedules browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Transit Schedules browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Transit Schedules?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Transit Schedules application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.htransitschedules.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Transit Schedules browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.htransitschedules.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.htransitschedules.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Transit Schedules browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Transit Schedules"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.htransitschedules.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Transit Schedules browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove Transit Schedules browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.htransitschedules.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Transit Schedules".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.htransitschedules.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Transit Schedules" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (like "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Transit Schedules" (and "Hide My Searches") look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.htransitschedules.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "search.htransitschedules.com" and "hidemysearches.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.htransitschedules.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Transit Schedules" (or simply "Transit"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "Transit Schedules" (or simply "Transit") remove hxxp://search.htransitschedules.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.htransitschedules.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.htransitschedules.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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