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Danger level 5
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts

search.smartsuggestor.com

If your home page and search engine have been changed to Search.smartsuggestor.com, it is most likely that you have downloaded the Smart Suggestor widget for your Internet Explorer browser. Alternatively, you may discover that the home page has been switched to search.smartsuggestorxml.com. Either way, you should not trust the search engine because it has been noticed to present promotional content produced by unknown third parties. According to the information presented at smartsuggestor.com, the suspicious add-on can help you enhance the searches performed from Search.babylon.com, Ask.com, Google.com and Mywebsearch.com search engines. This means that even if you change the home page of your IE browser, the extension may continue interrupting browsing sessions. Continue reading to learn more about Search.smartsuggestor.com removal.

It has been discovered that in certain cases Search.smartsuggestorxml.com search engine can be set as the home page after installing the suspicious Smart Suggestor Toolbar. The application has been developed by the Visicom Media and it provides easy-access links to Couponcamp, Bizrate, YouTube, RadioBeta, MyStart Games, Alexa and other services. Regardless, Search.smartsuggestor.com has been developed by Think Tank Labs LLC and you firstly need to recognize why this website could be dangerous to your virtual security.

Even though the seemingly authentic search engine is powered by Google translate and is available in more than 60 languages, and it provides seemingly reliable search results, the presented Privacy Policy and Terms of Service documents raise some questions. It is disclaimed that the search engine can drop HTTP cookies, collect information about your preferences or habits and produce uncensored links. Here are a few excerpts:

All SmartSuggestor cookies are 1) of limited duration, 2) less than 5KB in length, 3) only visible to SmartSuggestor web servers, and 4) devoid of any personally identifiable information.

Much of the Content provided by the Site comprises search results consisting of links to third party websites over which Think Tank Labs LLC (SmartSuggestor) exercises no control. These search results are generated automatically by Think Tank Labs LLC/SmartSuggestor's computers and search software. As a result, some of the results may link to websites that are missing, out-of-date, inaccurate, inappropriate, objectionable, or offensive.

Even though the search engine is legitimate, you should be extremely cautious about the promotional content which you could be exposed to whilst surfing the web. Advertising supported software usually sell information collected about your browsing habits to third party affiliates. Needless to say, some of these parties could be planning phishing attacks. Therefore, you should remove Search.smartsuggestor.com if it is set as your homepage. You should also delete the suspicious Smart Suggestor Toolbar. Follow the manual removal instructions below. If you want to make sure that all potentially dangerous files and programs have been deleted – scan your PC with a reliable spyware scanner.

Manual Search.smartsuggestor.com Removal For Windows

Windows 8:

  1. Right-click on the Metro UI start screen and select All apps.
  2. Select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the application you want to remove and click Uninstall.

Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and click the program you wish to delete.
  3. Select Uninstall.

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start and open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the undesirable program and select Uninstall to delete it.

Delete from browsers

Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch the browser and simultaneously tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Manage Add-ons and click Toolbars and Extensions.
  3. Click the undesirable extension and select Disable.
  4. From the menu on the left select Search Providers.
  5. Click the undesirable search provider, select Remove and then click Close.
  6. Tap Alt+T again and select Internet Options.
  7. Click the General tab, change/remove the Home Page and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser, simultaneously tap Alt+T and click Options.
  2. Click the General tab, remove/overwrite the Home Page and click OK.
  3. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A and select Extensions.
  4. Remove the undesirable extension and click OK.
  5. Click the icon on the left of the search box and select Manage search engines.
  6. Select the undesirable provider, click Remove and then OK.

Google Chrome:

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+F for the Chrome menu.
  2. Click Tools and select Extensions.
  3. Click the recycle bin icon placed on the right of the unwanted program and select Remove.
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How to manually remove search.smartsuggestor.com

Files associated with search.smartsuggestor.com infection:

smartsuggestor-toolbar.exe

search.smartsuggestor.com processes to kill:

smartsuggestor-toolbar.exe
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