Pagefinder is a potentially unwanted program. Potentially unwanted programs exhibit a number of behavioral features that can be deemed to be undesirable. It’s not that those programs are malicious security threats. There might be certain security issues associated with such apps, but they certainly cannot destroy your system. So, why should you remove Pagefinder? Well, if you didn’t intend to have this program in the first place, why should you keep it? After all, this program may inadvertently expose you to potentially harmful content, and no one ever wants that. Thus, terminate all unwanted applications as soon as possible.
The good news is that this potentially unwanted program works only on the Chrome browser. However, considering the way this application spreads around, it is possible to encounter it when you browse the web on other browsers, too. The point is to be careful. Our research team says that this application usually comes from pop-ups, redirects, and fake links. It means that users are bombarded with potentially hazardous content online, and it is the users themselves who decide to add Pagefinder to their browser. After all, even if the pop-up doesn’t allow you to leave the page, you can easily close the browser window by pressing Alt+F4.
Some users might think that Pagefinder is a browser hijacker, but we really cannot say this application is a direct computer security threat because it is available out in the open. It may not have an official homepage, but it can be found on the Chrome Web Store. Sure, not all apps that are available there are reliable, and it takes Google a while to remove all the potentially harmful apps from the Store. It is just important to remember to read all the permissions you give to these apps when you add them to your browser.
For instance, when Pagefinder is added to the Chrome browser, it requests to read your browsing history. It also gets site access, and it says that the extension “can read and change your data on sites.” In other words, Pagefinder employs tracking cookies to collect information about your web browsing habits. That is not something unheard of. Such extensions often monitor web browsing habits because they later on use the collected information to generate custom advertisements. After all, the programs need to make a living somehow, and their “main” functions really don’t help them with that.
What is Pagefinder about anyway? There isn’t much about the extension, to be honest. It says that with this extension, you can “search and access popular sites instantly.” But isn’t that possible with any other browser? You can simply use popular search engines and the bookmark function to achieve the same thing. Why rely on a third-party app that could easily expose you to third-party content?
What’s more, the reason some users think Pagefinder is a browser hijacker is because this extension modifies the default search engine settings. It changes your default search engine to barosearch.com. In turn, the site redirects you to searchnewworld.com. It might look like legit search engine, but it displays modified Bing search results. So, there is nothing original about it, and it might also employ the data collected about your web browsing habits to display search results you would be more willing to click.
Please do not interact with the content promoted by Pagefinder. Although this extension doesn’t intend to infect you with malware, it could still be exploited to promote something dangerous. It is up to you to step up your cybersecurity game, so that you wouldn’t have to deal with similar intruders in the future.
Luckily, it is rather easy to remove Pagefinder from your system, you just need to delete the extension from your browser. Nevertheless, there might be more potential threats on-board, and for that, you should scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. Most of the time, it is possible to remove unwanted applications manually, but if you do not want to deal with that on your own, you can always employ a security tool that considers those apps undesirable, and it will remove them for you automatically. Finally, be sure to be careful when you browse the web because such apps can easily slither into your system again.
How to Remove Pagefinder