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Danger level 4
Type: Browser Plugins

Search Swapper

Search Swapper is a potentially unwanted program that, at the moment, is only compatible with the popular Google Chrome browser. It is possible that different browsers will be affected by this app in the future; however, right now, it is a problem for those using Chrome. According to our researchers, this PUP is promoted at SearchSwapper.com; however, the download link on this website automatically routes to chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-swapper/cjbcfallgciioplgkfabocdnnnibbfln. This opens a page in the Chrome web store, an official app store that Chrome users can use to download different extensions. Whether you look at the information on the official website or the Chrome web store, you are introduced to the program as a beneficial tool that allows swapping between different browsers. Have you downloaded this program already? If you have, continue reading to learn why you should remove Search Swapper.

When downloading Search Swapper, these are the permissions that you need to agree with to initiate the installation process.

  • Read and change your data on imp.searchswapper.com and searchswapper.com
  • Read your browsing history
  • Change your search settings to: searchswapper.com

The information within these permissions is kind of misleading because searchswapper.com is not a search engine per se. This is just a download page that represents the extension. Once installed, it takes full control of your default search engine and the New Tab to represent itself. The extension is represented with an interface that resembles a regular search tool, but this one allows picking the desired background image, which is something that is meant to make it appear more attractive and fun. Of course, the main feature within this interface is the search box that shows up along with a drop-down menu that allows choosing the preferred search provider: Yahoo, Bing, or Google. Because these search providers are popular and trustworthy, you might interact with the search tool without suspecting any risk. In reality, the search results might be modified, and the keywords you enter into this search tool could be read – which you are informed about when downloading the extension – and analyzed. Keep note that the information collected and analyzed could also include personally-identifiable information.

According to our research, the biggest risk associated with Search Swapper is that it can share data with unknown parties, and we are sure that you need no explanation why this is dangerous. The bottom line is that unknown third parties are unpredictable, and you should not be comfortable with them analyzing your virtual behavior and introducing you with unpredictable advertisements. Speaking of third parties, we have also found that third parties could be responsible for the distribution of Search Swapper. Although users can install this program from its official website, it is believed that it can also be spread by unknown software distributors, who could easily offer it to users bundled with malware or other potentially unwanted programs. Needless to say, the possibility of other malicious threats running on your computer cannot be ignored. Instead, immediately scan your operating system with a malware scanner to see which other threats are active. Of course, remove the most critical threats first.

Do you think that Search Swapper is a beneficial program or a useless piece of software that should be removed without further delay? Taking into account that the services of this program are not that great and that it can spy on users, introduce them to modified search results, and inject ads, we believe that it is best to delete Search Swapper. The good news is that the removal of this app is not that complex, and this is one of the reasons it is in the “potentially unwanted program” category. We suggest erasing the unwanted Chrome extension, but you should also think about resetting your Chrome browser altogether to erase the tracking cookies that could have been installed to spy on you. Next, you must scan your PC with a malware scanner to see if it is safe to use. Of course, keep in mind that even if your PC and browsers are safe and malware-free now, it does not mean that malicious infections could not creep in soon. If you want to prevent this, you must install trustworthy anti-malware software now.

Search Swapper Removal

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+F keys to launch a menu on the right.
  2. Select More tools and then Extensions.
  3. Find the add-on you want to get rid of, click the recycle bin net to it, and choose Remove.

How to reset Google Chrome

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+F keys to launch a menu on the right.
  2. Select Settings and move to the bottom of the menu.
  3. Click Show advanced settings and scroll down to the bottom.
  4. Click Reset settings and then click the Reset button.
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