Get Search Plus
Get Search Plus is a browser extension that may change our default search engine and your new tab page with hp.hsearchplus.co. The application’s provided search tool might display Yahoo search results that could be modified. It means they could be injected with third-party ads, which is why we advise to be careful if you see any suspicious ads while using the extension’s provided search tool. Also, we believe it is important to know that the application is classified as a potentially unwanted program, which means it could have annoying or unwanted qualities. You can learn more about it if you read the rest of our article. We recommend checking our deletion instructions placed below too if you want to learn how to remove Get Search Plus manually.
Our researchers found Get Search Plus on Chrome Web Store and a website called hsearchplus.co. Even though we cannot be certain, we think the extension could be distributed through unreliable file-sharing websites and pop-up ads too. That is because the program is classified as a potentially unwanted program and a lot of tools alike are spread through the mentioned channels. It is easy to download such applications without realizing it as they are not considered to be malicious and can appear on legitimate sites like the Chrome Web Store page. Therefore, researchers recommend learning more about tools that you want to install before doing so even if they come from reliable websites. One of the most essential things that you should find out is whether your chosen tool has good expert reviews and if it was created by a reputable developer. For extra protection, we advise having a reliable antimalware tool that could warn you if you interact with doubtful content.
Get Search Plus seems to be compatible just with Google Chrome. Of course, it is possible that its creators could make it compatible with other browsers in the future, but, for now, we can say that it might work only on one browser. Next, we would like to talk about what happens if this potentially unwanted program gets installer. Our researchers say that the extension might require various permissions and it could make some changes to the user’s browser preferences. As mentioned earlier, the tool could change your default search engine, homepage, and new tab page with a search website called hp.hsearchplus.co. To make these changes, Get Search Plus should ask for the following permissions: “Replace the page you see when opening a new tab” and “Change your search settings to: hp.hsearchplus.co.” What we noticed about the mentioned search website is that it may redirect to a modified Yahoo search engine’s version.
A modified version means that the potentially unwanted program could influence what gets displayed in the search results, for example, inject them with third-party ads. We cannot be certain that Get Search Plus will act this way, but it is possible since the application also asks a permission to “Read and change your data on all hsearchplus.co sites.” Moreover, our researchers say that if the application shows third-party ads, there is a change that such content could be targeted. That is because the extension asks for a permission to “Read your browsing history.” Viewing your browsing history might help the application understand what you could be interested in and what kind of ads you are more likely to click. Of course, we do not say that Get Search Plus might need the mentioned permissions to show targeted ads as it is just one of the possibilities. However, users who think browsing data is private may not like the fact that the extension could be reading it for any reason.
Naturally, if you find Get Search Plus or its working manner to be annoying and decide you do not want to keep it, you could just erase it. One of the ways to delete the potentially unwanted program is to remove it manually from your browser’s extensions menu. If you need any assistance with this task, we advise following the instructions located below. The other way to remove Get Search Plus is to scan your computer with a reliable antimalware tool that would identify the potentially unwanted program and help you get rid of it.
Remove Get Search Plus