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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission

Splendor Search

It seems like only recently we wrote about the newest trends in adware technology and yet we are back with the latest addition to our collection of adware called Splendor Search. Like all adware, it is undesirable since it does not bring any improvements to the overall browsing experience. The only thing it can do is show you vast amounts of advertisements that may slow down your web browser and make your browsing experience very unpleasant. We regard this application as somewhat dangerous because cyber criminals can use it to disseminate their malicious programs. We have gathered as much information about this program as possible, so we invite you to read this article to get a better understanding of what you are dealing with.

Splendor Search may be a newly released program, but the technology it was made with is far from new. In short, this application is a near identical clone of Gravity Space, Jungle Net, Deals Avenue, and Sale Charger. Hence, they all come from the same developer, but the problem is that we do not know its name. Nevertheless, it is not that important either way, since we have the means to link the cloned programs with one another. However, Splendor Search is a bit different because its files have been signed by Edge Essence. But, there is no information about this name, so we think that it is fictitious. Now, let us see how this program is disseminated.

Like most of its clones, Splendor Search has its promotional website which looks way more legitimate than those of previous releases, but this does not change the fact that this is still an ad-supported application aimed at making money from advertising. In any case, its website does not host a standalone download of it. Therefore, we have come to the conclusion that it must be distributed on shady freeware websites that include it in bundled software. So if you were one of those unfortunate enough to get it, here is what you should expect.

After researching this application, we have found that it is no different from its clones. Hence, that is why it is considered a clone. It is only supported by Internet Explorer and Firefox and its installer also installs a browser extension to these browsers. Based on previous encounters with its clones, we want to inform you that its name Splendor Search may be modified several times in the future (most likely when it will receive its first update.) However, this program will not update itself once it is on your computer. It is future version may have a modified name with randomized uppercase and lowercase letters and added words. These updates are necessary to avoid detection by antimalware tools. However, these modifications are only effective for so long. Antimalware tools such as SpyHunter are frequently updated, so it will detect and remove all of Splendor Search’s present and future versions.

Antimalware programs are set to combat adware because adware is often used to promote and distribute malicious content. For the time being, Splendor Search is just an intrusive application that renders coupons, pop-ups, banners, search-related ads, and other types of advertisements in your browser window and the ads can appear on almost every website. This program’s End User License Agreement states that its developers will not take responsibility the personal information that may be collected about you by the third parties it promotes. Thus, you will have to litigate directly with the third parties. However, finding these third parties is often impossible. We want to stress that it is entirely possible for Splendor Search to promote malicious applications that can compromise your computer’s security. For example, your system may become infected with, ransomware such as the recently released 7ev3n Ransomware, as well as spyware, keyloggers, rogue applications, and so on. This is subject to who will approach Splendor Search’s developers with a mutually beneficial offer.

Therefore, you should not risk your computer’s security and remove Splendor Search as soon as possible. It is not a dangerous program in itself, but its promoted content definitely can be. Even if it does not promote malware, its ads are still annoying and they will inevitably slow down your browser. So do not hesitate to uninstall it take the opportunity to delete its leftover files and registry keys. Note that you will have to pass a security check when uninstalling it via Control Panel, but it supposed to be a single mathematical operation, so you should be okay.

How to get rid of Splendor Search

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu located at the bottom left side of the screen.
  2. Click Control Panel and select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Locate the undesirable program and click Remove.

Windows 7 & Vista

  1. Click Start located at the bottom left side of the screen.
  2. Select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Locate the program and click Uninstall.

Windows 8 & 8.1

  1. Open the Start screen located at the bottom left side of the screen.
  2. Enter Uninstall a program in the search box and then go to Settings.
  3. Select Uninstall a program in the search results.
  4. Locate the malicious software and click Uninstall.

Windows 10

  1. Right-click on the Windows Start menu located at the bottom-left of the screen.
  2. Select Programs and Features and locate the adware.
  3. Right-click on it and click the Uninstall button.

Delete the leftover files

  1. Simultaneously press Windows Key+E.
  2. In the address bar, enter and Delete the following directories.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Splendor Search.
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Splendor Search.
  • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Splendor Search.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Splendor Search.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Splendor Search.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Splendor Search\Startup | SplendorSearchDesktopSearch.lnk.
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup | SplendorSearchDesktopSearch.lnk.
  • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup | SplendorSearchDesktopSearch.lnk.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup | SplendorSearchDesktopSearch.lnk.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup | SplendorSearchDesktopSearch.lnk.
  • %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\\Profiles\*.default\Extensions | firefox@www.splendorsearch.com.xpi.
  • %Temp%\Splendor Search.
  • %PROGRAMFILES%\Splendor Search.
  • %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Splendor Search.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Splendor Search.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Splendor Search.

Delete the remaining registry keys

  1. Simultaneously press Windows Key+R.
  2. Enter regedit in the box and click OK.
  3. Locate and Delete the following locations.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{99415057-7C50-439D-AA20-02D83C071B61}.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{F83D1872-D9FF-47F8-B5A0-49CC51E24EE8}.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{99415057-7C50-439D-AA20-02D83C071B61}.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{F83D1872-D9FF-47F8-B5A0-49CC51E24EE8}.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Splendor Search.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\SplendorSearch.
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