Polimva is a new Google Chrome browser extension that offers “better content search” as well as trending, viral content one click away, but our research and tests show that this tool could pose a potential threat to your virtual security. In fact, we have classified this threat source as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which does not mean that you can simply ignore it and leave it on board. If you care about the integrity and security of your system, you should take all potential threat sources and potentially risky extensions and programs seriously. This PUP, for example, could expose you to modified web search results that might lead to malicious websites operated by cyber criminals. Also, this tool may show up on your system via suspicious channels, which means that this could be the least of your worries as more dangerous malware threats could also be present on your system. All in all, we suggest that you remove Polimva from your browser.
This useless browser extension is basically available through two official sources for download: First, on its official website, polimva.com and second, from the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/polimva/epngjnkooalbmphkdlahcdhnfondeicc. It seems that over 7,800 users have installed this PUP already; yet, there is not a single review about it. Of course, this may not raise the red flag about this tool just yet, and probably not enough of a reason to delete Polimva either. But we still need to mention that just because you find an extension in this store it does not mean it is all reliable. Unfortunately, experience shows that there could be hundreds of potentially harmful applications in the web store and remain there actively until they get reported by users and get blocked by Google.
However, these are not the only ways in which this tool may be spreading on the web. We have found that it can also use freeware bundles to appear on your computer probably by default if you are not the cautious type who reads the license agreements or the installation wizard screens carefully. These bundles can be quite misleading and tricky so that preferably you would overlook certain browser setting changes and additional programs they may contain. You may drop such a package if you want to download free software from the wrong source (e.g., a suspicious torrent or freeware page), you are viewing a shady website hosting unsafe third-party contents, or your computer is simply infected with adware or other malware that is capable of displaying unreliable third-party ads and links. No wonder why we emphasize that you need to check carefully every bundle you are about to install to be aware of its full content not to end up with a bunch of browser hijackers, adware programs, Trojans, and more. If this could be your case, we suggest that you use a trustworthy online malware scanner to identify all possibly harmful programs after you delete Polimva from your browser.
We have found that this questionable browser extension is very similar to Sadooma and Baboom, which are all the products of the same developer. The main difference is that this PUP sets search.polimva.com as your new default search engine, which you may have overlooked while installing it. If you check out this URL, you get redirected to search.cubokit.com, which is yet another questionable search engine. This PUP claims to provide you with “cool and fun content every day” and help you to the best search experience you can have. In fact, once you install it, it even sends you a pop-up message saying, “Welcome! Enjoy professional search experience.”
This PUP displays a button in the top-right corner of your Google Chrome browser. If you click on this button, a pop-up window appears with three trending news thumbnails plus a search tool, which redirects you to a probably modified Yahoo search results page. The same happens when you try to search directly from the address bar. However, before landing on Yahoo, your queries get forwarded to search.polimva.com, where it can pick up some promoted content to be injected in the final Yahoo page. This is why you could be exposed to potentially unreliable third-party content that could cause virtual security issues for you if you were to click on them. And, this is why we would like to protect your machine by asking you to delete Polimva if you feel it the right decision, too.
The only good thing about this PUP is that you can easily get rid of it by removing it via your browser’s menu. If you are not familiar with the necessary steps, please use our guide below. Do not forget about the possibility of other threats hiding on your computer that may be more dangerous than this one. If you do not know how you can try to identify them and eliminate them all, it is best to employ a trustworthy anti-malware program like SpyHunter.
How to remove Polimva from your browser