Access+ is a Google Chrome extension that our research team classifies as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP. This might be a shocker to you if you believed that this extension could actually offer enhanced search results. Other than that, it does not promise anything else, which is why we doubt that anyone would seek out this extension on its own. Most likely, you have been introduced to it by an installer of a completely different program or extension. Bundled downloaders are very popular these days because they push less popular apps or apps with bad reputations. Users unknowingly execute bundles, hoping that they would download something they want, but they end up installing other pieces as well. If that is what has happened, you ought to remove Access+ immediately. You know nothing about this PUP, and you have no use for it either. But what if you installed it purposefully? You still want to consider deleting it.
Just recently, the suspicious Access+ could be installed via the popular and trusted Chrome Web Store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/access%2B/plnpfpbbhgpppcoihmnjggdegaipdphg/). Right now, the extension is not supported by the platform, and it is likely that that is due to how it works. StreamSoft is the creator of this PUP, as well as Access and Stream+, both of which are PUPs also. The description on the Chrome Web Store suggested that Access+ could insert sponsored search results into normal Google Search results to enhance the service. Allegedly, a third-party search feed was used to provide these added results. Does this sound like a useful service to you? If you use Google Search daily, it is most likely that you are satisfied with the service already; otherwise, you would have moved on to another search engine. However, the promise to enhance the service further could potentially attract some users. Well, if you expect to see “better” search results, we have to disappoint you. After all, the extension is just a PUP.
If you have installed Access+ already, you might see no difference in how your Google Chrome browser looks. That is because this PUP does not actually modify the browser or change search settings. Many PUPs of this kind at the very least change default search providers and New Tab pages. Access+ does not do that; however, it can modify the results you see when you use google.com/search. Unfortunately, because this extension is not introduced in a transparent manner – i.e., it does not have an official download site – we cannot review legal information, and we cannot learn how the creator uses the PUP, how it tracks and collects information, or even what third parties it works with. As you can see, not much is known about the extension, and its mysteriousness is a problem. If you cannot know what kinds of additional search results would be introduced to you, how can you trust the service? Can you trust it to not collect personal data and share it with unknown, perhaps malicious, parties? We do not know this, but this is a risk too high to play with, and so we strongly recommend that you delete the extension.
The instructions you can see below can help you delete Access+ from Google Chrome manually. This guide also includes steps that show how to clear browsing data. This is important, and you must not skip this part of the removal because you want to make sure that no data-trackers are left behind. We suggest clearing all data to start fresh. What about the other extensions and programs that could have been installed along with Access+? Even if they do not look malicious, you MUST research them and scan the operating system. Should threats be found, you can look up appropriate removal guides on this website, or you can install a legitimate anti-malware program to delete them automatically. Whatever method you choose, as long as you remove the PUP and any accompanying threats, you will be fine. If you want to ask questions, we are ready to answer them. Let’s move to the comments section.