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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


Do not be mistaken thinking that SearchHD can offer an enhanced web search experience. If you install this Google Chrome extension, it will spy on you, collect information about you, communicate with undisclosed third parties, and inject their links into normal search results that you are likely to expect to see on Yahoo Search is exploited by this PUP (potentially unwanted program), most likely, to conceal sponsored links, and that is very suspicious. Ultimately, the only thing that you would experience if you used this tool would be sponsored links, and if you are not interested in facing ads when browsing the web, you have the perfect reason to remove SearchHD. Even if you do not care about the sponsored links, we recommend deleting the extension simply because it is intrusive in how it collects and shares information about its users. If you want to learn more, continue reading.

Webcoapps is the company that is closely linked to SearchHD, as well as SearchWizard, Searchaize, Sealoid, SearchStreams, and a bunch of other identical search tools. They all have the same interface and redirect to the same search engine with sponsored links. Google Chrome users can download this extension from, but our analysts believe that most users will not find the extension on the Chrome Web Store after doing research. Instead, they are most likely to be introduced to the installer on unreliable websites that present misleading ads. Also, by visiting certain unreliable websites, you could be redirected to the installer automatically. Needless to say, you should never download anything just because someone is pushing you to do it. You also should not trust bundled downloaders, even if they promote highly attractive tools along with PUPs and other kinds of threats that you might not be allowed to reject. Basically, before you download anything, you need to do research to determine whether the tool/extension/program is trustworthy and useful.

SearchHD presents, and this page offers a search dialog box and a collapsible menu on the left. If you expand it, you gain access to a calculator, currency and crypto-currency converters, and also a file converter. If you find yourself needing such tools on a daily basis, the extension could seem very useful. In reality, these free tools are just a distraction that turns away the focus from the unreliable search engine. Your search queries conducted with SearchHD are redirected via The default search provider and the New Tab page on your browser are modified to represent the PUP’s search tool, so you are bound to use it sooner or later. What’s the risk? That depends on what kinds of links you are introduced to along with normal Yahoo Search results. What if they belong to malicious parties or schemers? What if they route to scam websites? What if clicking the injected links enables intrusive data-tracking web cookies? These are the things you need to consider every time you use a suspicious search tool that is known to modify the results and inject the links of unknown partners. If you do not want to bother yourself thinking about such things, perhaps it is best to remove the PUP.

Deleting SearchHD should not be difficult unless, of course, other threats exist on your operating system. If that is the case, a legitimate malware scanner should have no trouble identifying them. Note that malware scanners are mostly free, and so you do not need to compromise. Install a tool you can trust. If serious threats are detected, you can implement anti-malware software to perform automatic removal. The right software will also find and remove SearchHD as well. We strongly recommend installing this software not only because it can erase all threats in one fell swoop but also because it can protect you and your system against malware in the future. Another option you’ve got is to delete the PUP and other potentially active threats manually. Use the guide below to get rid of the PUP, and also use our search engine at the top to find other removal guides, if you need them.

SearchHD Removal

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap Alt+F keys.
  2. Click More tools to expand the menu.
  3. Click Extensions.
  4. Click Remove next to the PUP.
  5. Open the More tools menu again.
  6. Click Clear browsing data.
  7. Move to the Advanced section.
  8. Pick a time range and boxes you want.
  9. Click Clear data.
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