Spinyon does not promise anything amazing. It cannot make such promises because it does not function in a dynamic way. In fact, the only thing it can offer users is a web search service, and because it redirects to Yahoo Search instead of offering original search results, users are quick to realize that this extension is useless. Nonetheless, it has been installed by thousands already. So, is it more attractive than we believe it to be? Are there any hidden benefits to using this potentially unwanted program (PUP)? Perhaps it is spread and installed illegally? Whether you installed this extension hoping that it would offer amazing services, or you have no idea where it came from, we recommend deleting it. Since you are reading this report, it is most likely that you are already ready to remove Spinyon from your Google Chrome browser. However, if you feel like there are things you should still learn about this PUP, please continue reading.
Google Chrome users usually install extensions from the Chrome Web Store at chrome.google.com/webstore/. Did you employ the chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/spinyon/ckcmjkakmgfccahbhniegnfaefljbpll installer to obtain Spinyon as well? If you did, you might know that this extension is presented by webcoapps. We are already familiar with this company because it has introduced us to GalaxySpin, Rolling Search, Twisted Search, SearchZilla, Vista Search, and other potentially unwanted programs. All of them present seemingly useful tools (e.g., calculator or currency converter) via their interfaces, but all of them also redirect to a third-party search engine and show sponsored links. Spinyon is represented via portal.spinyon.com, and if you download the PUP, it also changes the default search provider to feed.spinyon.com/?q. If you employ the PUP to browse the web, it always redirects to Yahoo Search. This is a trick. Most people trust Yahoo Search, which should ensure that they interact with the results shown by the suspicious extension as well.
When Spinyon redirects you to Yahoo Search, it modifies the normal results to inject sponsored links. Is that dangerous? Well, that depends on what kinds of links are added. Officially, the PUP modifies the results to, allegedly, offer an “optimized” search service. In reality, the creator of the extension is adding sponsored links to earn money. Unfortunately, we cannot know what parties webcoapps is working with because they are not disclosed. That means that we have to consider the possibility that unreliable advertisers or maybe even schemers could use this makeshift advertising platform to push their products or services. It is always possible that interacting with this search tool could pose no danger, but there are no guarantees when it comes to that. Some users might be risk-takers, and they might decide to take risks for the benefits offered by a certain program or service, but Spinyon does not really offer anything that great. All it can do is redirect to Yahoo Search, where you might be able to find what you are looking for. This is the best reason to delete this PUP.
There is no need to worry about the removal of Spinyon. This potentially unwanted program does not drop other files, it does not hide, and it does not circumvent removal. All you really have to do is find the extension and eliminate it. The default search provider should return back to normal after that. Of course, because it is likely that tracking cookies have been placed to aid the PUP, we also recommend clearing browsing data. Both of these tasks are very easy to handle, and if you are going to follow the instructions below, we are sure that you will succeed. Unfortunately, it is possible that other PUPs or even malicious threats exist on your system. This is especially important to check if you do not remember downloading the PUP or if you used a bundled downloader that could have concealed pretty much anything. In this case, we advise employing an automated anti-malware tool that will have no trouble deleting Spinyon along with any active threats.