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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

Do not install the browser extension Smart Search if you do not want to find a new search tool set as your default search provider on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome because this is all this piece of software does. We know why some users install this extension consciously. They do that expecting that Smart Search will improve their web searching experience. We cannot blame those users because they are told that this browser extension “configures your browser window so that you get an enhanced search experience.” In reality, this piece of software is not something extremely beneficial. Therefore, we are not surprised at all that so many people decide to get rid of it soon after installing it on their computers. Of course, some users find this extension installed on their computers without their permission. It goes without saying that they decide to remove Smart Search too. We can assure you that the Smart Search removal is the only way to delete from affected browsers too. This piece of software has been categorized as a browser hijacker, but you should not find its removal very complicated because it is just an ordinary browser extension.

Smart Search promises to enhance the users’ web searching experience, but, as research conducted by specialists working at has clearly shown, it does not do anything else except for setting a new default search tool on users’ Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. This new search provider will redirect all your searches to It did not show any modified search results at the time of the analysis, but it might start displaying these modified search results to users one day. To be more specific, some ordinary search results might be replaced with sponsored links opening websites administered by third parties. We cannot promise that you could trust all those websites 100%. Specialists say that these sponsored links might drive traffic to dubious pages too. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to say which of the displayed search results are the modified ones, so our piece of advice for all the users would be not to use suspicious search providers to perform web searches. We can assure you that the search tool is untrustworthy if it has been set on the web browser you use without your knowledge.

If you do not remove Smart Search from your web browser soon, certain details will be recorded automatically. You can find all those details listed in the Privacy Policy document (, but what you should know for now is that it focuses on the collection of details that cannot identify users personally. For example, it will record your IP address, types of your browsers, and OS details. It promises not to disclose any of these recorded details, but keep in mind that browser hijackers cannot be trusted fully, so we would not be so sure that it will keep the promise.

Even though Smart Search is not actively spread yet, Google Chrome users can already install it from the Chrome Web Store ( Without a doubt, not all users install this piece of software consciously. Some of them simply discover it next to other add-ons and see their default search providers changed without their knowledge, which shows that this piece of software might be spread somehow differently as well. Browser hijackers often travel bundled with free applications available for download at P2P websites. Other methods of distribution might be used to promote Smart Search too. Therefore, if you have not encountered it yet, you should be more cautious from now on and keep security software installed on your computer 24/7.

The only way to remove from affected browsers is to delete the extension (Smart Search) responsible for setting it. Luckily, it is an ordinary browser extension, so you should not find its removal complicated. Instructions provided below will help you to erase it, so feel free to use them. As you can see, you will need to access the add-ons manager and find the undesirable extension on the list. Then, you will simply need to click one button to remove it. If you are looking for a quicker way to remove undesirable software from your computer, scan your system with an antimalware scanner.


Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Access the add-ons manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously.
  3. Select Smart Search.
  4. Click the Remove button.

Google Chrome

  1. Start Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Click More tools and select Extensions.
  4. Find Smart Search on the list and select it.
  5. Click the Trash button.
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