- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Practise Typing Tests Extension
We might commonly encounter browser extensions that bring more problems than do anything good. Practise Typing Tests Extension is one of such applications. Luckily, this application is compatible only with the Chrome browser, so it cannot affect other browsers that you use (if you do). Consequently, the extension is not a direct computer security threat. However, it would be for the best to remove Practise Typing Tests Extension from your browser because you can never know what third-party websites this extension might redirect you to. In other words, it is not about the current danger, but about the danger you might face in the future.
Our research team says that Practise Typing Tests Extension is a browser hijacker. The truth is that this extension could fit into several categories, depending on what we are going to focus on. Of course, all by itself, it is a browser extension, but looking at the way it behaves, it clearly meets the “requirements” for a browser hijacker. A browser hijacker is a type of program that modifies your browser’s settings to accommodate a third-party search engine and then exposes you to a variety of potentially corrupted content. Everything is done for financial gain, and you can be sure that this extension will do the same.
Another thing that is somewhat perturbing about this extension is that users obviously install it on their systems willingly. Albeit you might not be aware of the fact you add Practise Typing Tests Extension to your browser, this extension still needs your permission to enter your PC. What’s more, it can be found on the Chrome Web Store, so it is obvious that this application is not a direct malware infection.
Of course, it is far more likely that you download and install Practise Typing Tests Extension in some other way, as opposed to adding it via the Chrome Web Store. We believe that this tool might come bundled with freeware. Hence, when you download programs from file-sharing websites, you could easily setup more than just one application. In fact, it should be possible to deselect Practise Typing Tests Extension in the set up process, but if you go through the installation process absent-mindedly, you might miss your chance to do so. Therefore, stay attentive whenever you add new programs to your system. If you must, consider scanning the installer file with a security tool of your choice.
Now, what happens when Practise Typing Tests Extension gets added to your Chrome browser? Upon the installation, this extension will change your new tab settings. It will look as though the new tab is supposed to have the typing practice tool. However, the extension will also change your search settings, and all of your search queries will be redirected to a modified version of Yahoo! Search. According to the information provided at the Chrome Web Store, this extension combines “Google and Bing search results to give you a simple, comprehensive search experience.” All of your searches get redirected to Bing, but then you land on Yahoo! Search.
Here you might think that it should not be much of a problem. After all, Yahoo! Search and Bing both are reputable search engines, right? That is not wrong, but when you get redirected to such pages by a third party, it is very likely that your online activity is being monitored and logged via tracking cookies. Practise Typing Tests Extension and other similar extensions can do that. While they cannot steal personally identifiable information, they can collect enough to general your online profile for third-party advertising. Then, you would be bombarded by various commercials (in the form of search results, too!) that urge you to click their outgoing links.
For the most part, Practise Typing Tests Extension needs you to click those links because the program makes money each time you interact with the content it promotes. The main security issue here is that malevolent third parties could make use of those outgoing links to embed their content there, and then consequently expose you to dangerous websites. As a result, in the worst-case scenario, this could lead to a malware infection.
Hence, you need to delete Practise Typing Tests Extension from your browser because this way you would prevent a lot of computer security-related issues. If you need help with that, please do not hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment below.
How to Remove Practise Typing Tests Extension