- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Search.getfitnow.co is a website that will be opened for you when you launch the default or any other browser installed on the computer after the installation of the Get Fit Now extension, which promises to help users “get in the best shape.” According to the information on getfitnow.com, an official website of Get Fit Now, it should enable users to access such information as helpful tips, daily workout guides, calorie counters, and nutrition facts easily. Therefore, we suspect that it might become quite popular. Researchers have noticed that only 57 users use this extension downloaded from the Chrome Web Store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/get-fit-now/jgblngkjeffdpdnfgenlfjnaakgahfoh?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog) at the time of writing; however, nobody knows how many users have downloaded this add-on from its official website or other third-party sources, so a number of users might already have it installed and see Search.getfitnow.co every day. Since this suspicious search tool is directly associated with the presence of the Get Fit Now browser extension, users should go to delete this add-on if they no longer wish to see a new website every time they open their browsers. Its removal should also be performed if it has sneaked onto the computer without permission too. It is because it will continue performing various activities if it is left active on the system.
Users tend not to know that their browsers’ settings are going to be changed after installing the Get Fit Now browser extension, so many of them cannot understand where Search.getfitnow.co has come from. We can assure you that the presence of Search.getfitnow.co set as a homepage and New Tab URL on Google Chrome and a homepage on Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer is the result of the installation of the Get Fit Now extension. Actually, setting a new website on browsers is the only activity it is going to perform. It promises to act very beneficially, but the truth is that it only sets a new website with buttons redirecting to darebee.com, bodybuilding.com, myfitnesspal.com, and calculator.net. All these listed web pages can be opened easily if there is a web browser installed on the computer, so users should not keep the Get Fit Now extension installed on their PCs only that they could access them. It is not advisable to trust Search.getfitnow.co blindly too.
Search.getfitnow.co is a typical search engine the way it looks. There is a search box situated in the middle of the page, and this search tool allows users to access popular websites with the mouse click. Also, it returns Yahoo! search results, meaning that it works quite well. Unfortunately, reputable search results are not the only ones users can find on the search results page opened after entering a search query. It has been found by our researchers that some of these search results might be pure ads whose one and only purpose is to drive the traffic to certain third-party websites. The owner of this search provider, i.e. the developer of Search.getfitnow.co, gets the so-called advertising revenue, so it is not likely at all that it is ever going to stop displaying these promotional links for users. It is not very likely that users will recognize these ads, meaning that they will keep clicking on them. This is a risky activity because users might be taken to untrustworthy websites. An unreliable third-party website might look harmless at first glance, but it might have untrustworthy software on it or ask users to provide the personal information with the intention of selling the gathered data later. Since these ads cannot be recognized easily, security specialists suggest removing Search.getfitnow.co completely so that there will no longer be any possibilities to click on these sponsored search results and end up on questionable pages.
If you do not do anything to get rid of the Get Fit Now extension, you should be ready for another activity that is going to be performed on the computer – Search.getfitnow.co is going to record the information about you. First of all, all kinds of non-personally identifiable details, including browser type, OS type, IP address, geographic location, and a bunch of similar details are going to be recorded. Unfortunately, as researchers at pcthreat.com have revealed, it is one of two types of information recorded by this piece of software. It has been found by malware analysts that personally-identifying information is going to be collected as well. Luckily, only those details submitted by users will be recorded, so it will not access online banking credentials or other sensitive details.
The luckiest users are those who use Internet Explorer because the undesirable extension promoting Search.getfitnow.co for this browser can be erased via Control Panel. In the case of extensions created for other browsers, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, they need to be removed manually through the Add-ons Manager. If it has appeared on the computer belonging to a user who is not very experienced, using an automatic scanner to clean the computer automatically would be a better choice.