HideMeFast is a Chrome extension that is categorized as a potentially unwanted program. It means that this extension might have certain features that might be deemed undesirable. Also, the app could be added to the target browser accidentally while the user absent-mindedly browses the web. The point is that there is no need to panic if this program is suddenly there on your browser, but please do not tolerate it if you didn’t intend to have this app on-board. Remove HideMeFast following the manual removal guidelines at the bottom of this description, and then scan your system with a security tool.
This Chrome extension happens to be one of the many others that we have already discussed on our site. It’s probably related to PDFConvertersSearch, UpdatSearch, Task Manager Tab, and many other Chrome extensions that seem to be appearing every single day now. Although these apps are not malicious infections, users are often taken by surprise because they don’t notice how they get added to their browsers.
Since HideMeFast is not a malicious intruder, it requires your permission to be added to your browser, and you DO GIVE your permission, even if you are not aware of that. If you were to add HideMeFast via the Chrome Web Store (where you can actually find this extension), you would know that the moment this app is on-board, it gets the permission to:
So, the browser settings modifications are solicited, and there is no browser hijacker on your computer (or maybe there is? Check that out by scanning your PC with SpyHunter!). HideMeFast also comes promising you to improve your web browsing experience by providing you with some useful functions. It also looks like siteadvisor.com could be a good alternative to your default search engine, but there are certain things about this that are quite puzzling.
Let’s first take a look at the official description of HideMeFast that we can find via the official sources. It says that this app is a “simple and easy-to-use extension that allows you to enable Google Chrome Private Mode with one touch in the same window.” And if you “want to quickly switch to Incognito Mode in the next tab without opening another window,” you can use HideMeFast.
So, here we encounter a question: if HideMeFast doesn’t employ anything unique (it just uses Chrome’s Private Mode function), why use a third-party app to go into the Incognito Mode? Of course, it might seem easier to employ the app to reach the Mode with just one click as opposed to going to the Chrome menu. But did you know you can just press Ctrl+Shift+N to go into the Incognito Mode automatically without going to the menu? What’s the point of this app, then?
What’s more, aside from offering a redundant function, the extension will also collect information on your web browsing habits. Sure, it cannot collect personally identifiable information, but it can figure out your likes and preferences. With that, the app could generate custom commercial ads that will push you into interacting with potentially harmful content. Of course, HideMeFast doesn’t try to infect you with malware or anything like that, but browser extensions do not review the links they promote, so there’s always a chance that the app could be exploited by cybercriminals to promote their malicious content. Keeping that in mind, it would be best to remove HideMeFast today.
Deleting HideMeFast isn’t that hard. You can simply delete the app via the Extensions menu or simply reset your browser’s settings to default. Perhaps settings would be a better option because this way, you would also remove all the other cookies and extensions that might have been added to your browser accidentally.
After manual removal, be sure to scan your computer with a security tool of your choice because there are bound to be more unwanted apps on your computer. While it is important to safeguard your system against various threats by investing in a licensed antispyware application, your web browsing habits are just as important, so make sure you stay away from sites that could be associated with something like HideMeFast.
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