Chipopo is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that so far is only compatible with the Chrome browser. Thus, it can also be classified as a browser extension. If you did not intend to install this PUP on your browser, but it is there nevertheless, it is a sign that your computer’s security has been breached. It is very likely that you have several other unwanted applications on-board. Therefore, when you remove Chipopo from your system, make sure that you get rid of all the other potential threats. If you are not sure how to detect them, make use of a licensed antispyware tool.
There are times when it is hard to determine whether the likes of Chipopo are dangerous programs or not. When an application has an official distribution site, it can claim that it is a legitimate browser extension or a plug-in. The thing is that you can find this PUP on the Chrome Web Store, and users can add this program to their browsers willingly. However, in our case, we are dealing with the instances when users do not intend to use this extension, and yet it still manages to find its way onto target computers somehow.
Now, how does that happen? It happens when Chipopo comes bundled with freeware or when users click on pop-up ads that jump into their screens when they access potentially harmful websites. There are a lot of websites out there that host pop-up ads with outgoing links. Of course, you can avoid installing unwanted applications if you do not click those ads, but sometimes users end up clicking them out of sheer habit, and thus unwanted applications enter the system. These programs can also enter your computer bundled with other freeware apps. If that was how this extension was added to your browser, it means that you probably have more potential intruders installed, just as we have mentioned in the first paragraph.
Our researchers say that Chipopo is similar to Adwsre.Baboom, which is yet another potentially unwanted application that was researched before. Both programs have been developed by the same team, and the only difference between them is that Chipopo changes your default search provider to search.chipopo.info. Of course, the extension cannot provide you with original search service. Instead, all your search queries will be redirected via search.chipopo.info to a custom Google Search page. It will look as though you are still using your default search provider, but some of the search results will already be modified.
Why are modified search results so dangerous? The danger lies within the fact that Chipopo can figure out your likes and preferences. It does that by spying on you via tracking cookies. When it knows what you like, the program can target custom content at you, and you would be more likely to interact with such content. Consequently, by clicking these modified links, you would help the people behind this application make money, but you would not get anything in return.
As you can see, this PUP is not a direct computer security threat, but the fact it may enter your PC without your permission is enough to consider it undesirable. What’s more, sometimes such applications are exploited by cyber criminals for malware distribution. Needless to say, the possibility of such scam is very low, but why should you risk that? Please remove Chipopo from your computer right now, and make sure you would never have to face similar applications again.
You can delete the extension via your browser settings, and we will show you how to do that. Please follow the instructions below to get rid of the extension. And do not forget that you may have to terminate a list of other undesirable applications.
Scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner right now to locate all unwanted applications. If you cannot uninstall them via Control panel, remove them automatically with a security tool. You should also consider safeguarding your system with an antispyware program that will help you deal with similar applications in the future.
Finally, do not forget that it is also important what websites you visit on a regular basis. Your web browsing habits are closely related to your computer’s health, too.
How to Remove Chipopo