Search Anything is an extension that was created for Google Chrome users. The extension is introduced at searchanything.co by Innover Group, the same company that has been linked to Safeplex Search, Speed Test Guide, and several other extensions that are identified as potentially unwanted programs, or PUPs. The add-on we are discussing in this report is classified as a PUP also, and there are several reasons for that. If you are not interested in the security implications of using this add-on, and you simply want to delete it because it is not as beneficial as you thought it would be, scroll down to find a full manual Search Anything removal guide. If you are looking to learn more about this extension, you should continue reading. We also take this opportunity to remind you that it is important to research software and extensions before installing them. This is the best way to ensure that you do not infect your operating system with PUPs and malware. Let this be a lesson for the future.
If you downloaded Search Anything from the Chrome store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-anything/kpmfhganacckofmekdnokhamfkdfmfnc), you must know that this extension can read and change your data on certain websites, read browsing history, and also change search settings. For an extension that claims to offer a “customer search experience,” this is quite intrusive behavior, isn’t it? When the PUP is installed, searchanything.co/search.html is set as the default search provider. The search keywords entered into the dialog box are rerouted via the PUP’s search engine to Yahoo Search. The results are not modified in any way, which is great news. That being said, if you are going to be introduced to Yahoo Search via Search Anything without any enhancements, what’s the point of the extension at all? According to our research team, it is most likely that the PUP was built primarily to learn information about users. Even though the description on the Chrome web store suggests that browsing history is only recorded so that “a personalized user experience” could be offered, you need to think if you want a relatively useless tool to record your browsing history at all.
Search Anything might not be the only problem on your hands. If you installed this extension from a third-party website, it is possible that you executed a bundled installer. Software bundles are often used for the distribution of PUPs and, unfortunately, more malicious infections. Therefore, if you downloaded the PUP from an unfamiliar website using an unfamiliar installer, you need to do some investigating. Do you remember what other programs were installed? It is not a big deal if you do not because you can easily install a legitimate malware scanner to perform a full system scan for you. In the best-case scenario, no other threats besides Search Anything are found; however, if anything threatening is found, you want to take action immediately. You can use the available removal guides (look them us using the search box at the top) or you can employ an automated anti-malware tool to handle the mess for you.
If you are dealing with multiple threats at the same time, it might be best to employ trusted anti-malware software to perform complete removal and also secure your system. If you find that you have no threats to delete and if you only want to delete Search Anything, we have a guide that will assist you. Use the steps presented below, and the unwanted extension will be gone within a minute. Do not stop there. You should also clear browsing data to make sure that all data-tracking cookies are cleared away. You can select a time range in which the extension was installed, or you can choose the “All time” range and have everything cleaned to start off fresh. Hopefully, once you have the undesirable extension removed and browsing data cleared, you realize that it is worth taking the time to do research before committing to new services and programs. Remember that it is always easier to research than to remove.
Search Anything Removal