If you got Magic-Bar on your web browser, then you should know that it is a mostly useless extension that might have gotten onto your PC by stealth. You might want to remove it because, apart from entering your PC secretly, it can show commercial advertisements, collect information about you and also change the homepage of your browser. This extension will do all of these things without your permission, so if you do not agree with what this extension does, then you should get rid of it. However, if you are not sure whether you want to do that, then we invite you to read this whole article and come to a conclusion. Please continue reading to find out more.
Magic-Bar is by no means a malicious application, but we find it unreliable because it can get onto your PC without your consent. However, before we discuss that, we want to talk about this program’s functionality. Officially, this extension offers its users browser homepage customization options such as changing the layout, setting custom colors, and so on. Little do many users know that this extension was designed to replace the homepage address with chrome-extension://kjboejmbgkediploadlbcfcckbcfnphf/newtab.html. This custom search engine redirects all entered search queries to an unmodified version of Google that will show you the same search results you might get when entering the same query in Google.com.
Nevertheless, our researchers say that Magic-Bar might show commercial advertisements while you browse the web. This extension might render pop-ups, coupons, banners, and other types of ads on the websites you visit and you might not notice that the ads are out of place. Another thing to note is that Magic-Bar has been set to collect information about you in order to present you with personalized ads that can make more money for the developers. According to our research, this extension can be used to obtain information such as your IP address, Internet Service Provider (ISP) domain name, browsing history, entered search terms, approximate geographical location, and so on. All for this information is collected for advertising and marketing purposes, so do not expect it to improve your browsing experience.
Magic-Bar has a promotional website at Magic-bar.net, but the download button on this website does not work. If you want to try this application, then you can get it from the Chrome Web Store. In fact, this extension is compatible with Google Chrome only. The distribution methods outlined above require you to make the decision to install this application. The reason we have classified Magic-Bar as a potentially unwanted program is the fact that its developers also distribute it in bundled software installers. These installers can contain several applications and install them automatically by default. So you can get this extension on your browser without knowing it. We believe that that can be done purposefully as the developers of this program count on people not to read the installation guide. Still, you should be able to uncheck the installation of this extension by opting for advanced or custom installation and unchecking its respective checkbox.
In closing, Magic-Bar is just another application by Advertising Group Limited the same company that made Playbar.biz, Play-bar.net, and Work-bar.biz. It is an unreliable company which is not surprising since this extension is one useless application that can enter your PC by stealth, change your search-related settings and show personalized ads to make money. Therefore, you should definitely remove it from your computer as soon as possible.