- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If you find Wiki-search.me in your Google Chrome browser when you launch it, it is quite possible that a browser hijacker has penetrated your computer. This hijacker changes your default search engine setting and offers a direct Wikipedia search through the search bar. Although this extension sort of delivers what it promises, and you can actually search Wikipedia easily this way, the search engine it offers is unfortunately unreliable. Therefore, it may cause system security issues for you. Keeping this hijacker on your computer could result in more malware infections and therefore more exposure to cyber criminals. Since it is also possible that you let this infection onto your system in a malicious software bundle, you may already have multiple threats on your PC. If you want to protect your operating system, your personal files, and your privacy, it is important for you to understand the potential risks this browser extension holds. We recommend that you remove Wiki-search.me right now in order to save you from future headaches.
There are mainly two possibilities for you to find Wiki-search.me in your Google Chrome browser. First, you can install the official version of the useless browser extension through the Chrome web store. You can find this tool at this URL: chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wiki-searchme/fcgnigmofekcllgbiejhmigggmgehkip. The last bit of this address is the Chrome extension ID itself. If you want to run a security check on an extension you have in your browser, go to the Settings\Extensions menu and mark the Developer mode option to reveal this ID, which is in the case of Wiki-search.me is “fcgnigmofekcllgbiejhmigggmgehkip.” If you copy this ID and Google it, you will find the information you need. All the extensions have a unique ID that may seem like a random code. Guess what you will find right on the first page of the results of your web search – articles telling you how you should remove Wiki-search.me as a malware infection. We hope you understand now the importance of double-checking on any tool and software you want to install on your computer.
The second possibility for this annoying tool to “set foot” on your machine definitely holds more danger for your computer than this single browser hijacker because it can come bundled with other malicious software installers. This means that there may be potentially unwanted programs, browser hijackers, and adware applications active on your system. Therefore, you may be annoyed by potentially harmful third-party advertisements while browsing the web. The presence of several malware infections can greatly increase the vulnerability of your computer.
You should know that these bundles are mostly hosted on questionable file-sharing websites, including shareware, torrent, and pornographic sites. Sometimes it is enough to load such a page in your browser, i.e., to visit the page, and a malicious code can automatically drop some malicious installers onto your computer in the background and you will not even realize it. Another way to get infected on these sites is to click on questionable and misleading third-party ads, which can even disguise themselves as buttons. Therefore, we advise you to avoid such websites and clicking on anything you find there, including pop-up ads.
Once you install this extension, it will change your default search engine to feed.wiki-search.me. In all fairness, we need to mention that you can actually use this tool to directly access Wikipedia. All you need to do is type “wiki” and press the space or TAB key in the search bar of your Chrome browser and then, type in a search keyword. When you hit Enter, you will be redirected to the desired Wikipedia page. Obviously, this is not the problematic function this tool has. The worrisome part is the search engine it provides you. As a matter of fact, you will never even see feed.wiki-search.me in your browser as it redirects to feed.safefinder.com. You should never use this search tool because it will redirect all your queries to a modified Yahoo search results page. This means that this browser hijacker is capable of manipulating the search results by inserting affiliated third parties’ ads and links among the normal results. This way you will not know for sure that your click will take you to a legitimate website or a malicious one. We recommend that you stick with a reputable or preferred search engine, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. You should delete Wiki-search.me if you do not want to be exposed to potentially unsafe search results.
In order to eliminate this threat source, you need to simply remove the Wiki-search.me extension from your Google Chrome browser. If you need assistance with this, please use our guide below. Do not think that you are all safe, though, even if you use different browsers. In fact, there is a good chance that there are other malware infections on your computer as well. Therefore, we advise you to use a professional antimalware program that will also protect your PC from future malware threats. Do not forget to keep this security tool update for perfect protection.
How to remove Wiki-search.me from your browser