Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


Search.searchquicks.com may show up in your Google Chrome browser as a new tab page and your default search engine after you install a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, named Quick Search. When finding a new search engine page in your browsers always calls for your immediate attention because such a threat could be the source of further infections or worse. We cannot claim that this PUP is a vicious beast and that you need to rush to reinstall your operating system immediately because it has set its questionable foot on your system. Still, we would like to point out a few factors why you should remove Search.searchquicks.com from your computer and why it could be a bad idea to keep it on board. If you wonder how such a search website can pose a threat to your system security and how you can avoid similar threats, please continue reading our article.

The worst possible news about this PUP emerging in your browser is that it may sneak onto your system in a free software bundle that could be packed with direct threats in the form of malware infections, including fake alerts, adware programs, browser hijackers as well as other PUPs. Infecting your system with such a package is easier than you may think. As a matter of fact, usually all it takes is a click on a corrupt third-party ad; the rest is up to your alertness. Most of the time you may actually stop such a lot from entering your system if you are cautious enough while installing the bundle. Of course, these installers are usually created in a way that could be misleading for inexperienced users. For example, browser setting changes can appear as checkboxes that are already ticked by default and you may not even bother to read the line that informs you about the change. Most users simply click "Next" or "Install" without caring too much what else is written on this panel of the installation wizard. Hopefully, you will be more careful in the future if you do not want to let annoying PUPs and malicious software installers on board as it would mean that you need to scan your system with a proper malware scanner that is up-to-date to make sure that you find all possible harmful applications. Before running such a scanner though you can delete Search.searchquicks.com as a potential threat.

Apart from the questionable bundled version, the potentially risky browser extension that spreads this search page is also available for installation through its official website, searchquicks.com. This is a very simplistic page with limited information about this tool. In fact, it looks totally unprofessional. You should always be doubtful when landing on such pages before clicking to install an application. To us it does not even make sense why anyone would feel inclined to install such a vague tool that offers such a potentially unreliable search engine. This PUP is also available in the Chrome web store at this address: chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/quick-search/dbdgalcaoofihabcbokkannbiigmaknf. We need to mention that this store may host potentially harmful tools until they are reported by users. This means that you should not take it for granted that you find an extension in this store because it may well be a PUP or worse. All in all, we recommend that you remove Search.searchquicks.com from your browsers as soon as possible.

This search page may not even work properly and it may also claim that "An error occurred while processing your request." You should not use or trust this search website because the results it may show you could be unreliable. Since this search engine becomes your default search provider, you may not even realize that you are searching using this PUP. This could result in your being exposed to modified search results containing potentially unreliable third-party ads and sponsored links coming from cyber criminals. This PUP may also collect information about your browsing habits so that it can provide you with tailored content that you could mean seemingly relevant advertisements and links that may draw your attention. Unfortunately, these can be unreliable and come from cyber criminals. Clicking on these could drop malware infections onto your system or take you to fake or malicious websites. It is possible that you could be made to believe that you have landed on a webshop site that offers you a product at the lowest possible price and this product is also one that you have been looking for. Yet, you would simply disclose your banking details to crooks who could easily steal your money as a consequence. We hope that you understand now why we think that you should delete Search.searchquicks.com and the related extension for a safer computer.

We have included the necessary steps below if you want to eliminate this PUP yourself. Follow the instructions and you could get rid of it in a single minute. Keep in mind that this will not necessarily clean your entire system as there could be more dangerous threats hiding. This is why we recommend that you download and install a trustworthy anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter) so that you can automatically tackle all system security-related problems. But even when your PC is protect by such an effective tool, it is still essential that you update all your drivers and programs in order to prevent criminals from attacking your computer exploiting security holes of older versions.

Remove Search.searchquicks.com from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. In the left panel, click on Extensions.
  3. Remove the questionable extension ("Quick Search") by clicking on the trash can icon.
  4. In the confirmation window, press Remove.
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