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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder

Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder is a search tool that, allegedly, can help you find videos, movies, and clips online using a special catalog. When you install the extension, you are meant to type in “video” into the address bar of your Google Chrome browser and then tap “Tab” to activate the “Search Video Search” engine. Then, when you enter a keyword, you are routed to the Google Search engine, where links corresponding to your query are shown. Even if you do not use Google Search as your main search tool, you should realize right away that the extension is useless. In fact, it is useless to you, but it is very important to the creator of the extension, which we now classify as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is unlikely that you notice that when you are redirected to google.com/search, you are redirected via http://inasearch.space/srch/?keyword=[KEYWORDS]. Unfortunately, this means that the results might be modified, and this is why you should remove Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder. If you wish to learn more before you delete this PUP, keep reading.

Did you acquire Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder from chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/video-search-advanced-mov/mafmbfcmgifkdahieiddfiebgaabkdpd? This is the Chrome web store source, and, according to the data offered, almost 23,000 users have installed the extension. If you look at the “Reviews” section, you can see a bunch of positive reviews, but they were all posted on two specific dates, which indicates that they are fictitious. The source of the PUP is meant to be best-knownapp.com, and this site was set up by MediaSeeker, which might be the creator of the suspicious extension. The Privacy Policy, however, represents Brocode Ltd. The statement reveals that cookies are used to record information, which is something you need to be careful about. According to our research, it is very likely that the creator of Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder is set up to record information about its users. Unfortunately, it seems that, in most cases, Google Chrome users are introduced to this PUP via random ads. Besides the official source, aggressive advertisement tactics can be used to spread the PUP, and it is even possible that it could come bundled with malware. If it does, you must remove this malware ASAP.

The suspicious inasearch.space browser hijacker is not the only “search tool” that you need to worry about. There’s also the private-seeking.com search engine. If you click the Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder icon at the top of your browser, you are introduced to the “Personal Finder” search field. If you enter keywords into it, you are shown a list of YouTube videos that represent your query. If you move to the bottom of http://private-seeking.com/, you can find “About,” “Contact us,” “Privacy Policy,” “Terms and Conditions,” “Help,” and “Blog” buttons. None of them work, and you are shown the “404 Not Found” warning if you click them. Needless to say, that makes the search tool appear to be very suspicious. Although the engine only shows YouTube videos, we do not recommend using it. All in all, if you delete Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder, you will not lose anything because the PUP does not offer anything great. At best, it offers you content from YouTube and Google Search, and you can use these services after you delete the PUP.

It should come as no surprise that our research team recommends deleting Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder. This potentially unwanted program hijacks the browser to showcase modified Google Search results, and its main service simply shows YouTube video results. While Google Search and YouTube are trustworthy, Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder is not, and as long as this extension is installed, its creators are likely to continue recording information about you. Even if this information is not sensitive, you do not want to take any risks. It is very easy to remove Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder using the guide below, but you should inspect your operating system before you take another step because you want to check if malware exists. If it does not, erase the PUP and then think about ways to protect your system and yourself in the future. If malware exists, install an anti-malware tool to delete it and, also, enable full-time protection.

Video Search – Advanced Movie Finder Removal

  1. Launch Google Chrome and then enter chrome://extensions into the address bar.
  2. Identify the undesirable extension and then click the recycle bin next to it.
  3. Select Remove and then restart the browser.
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