Do you watch a lot of videos online? Maybe you have a favorite website, or maybe you’re looking for something different every single day? Whichever is your preference, VidSearch might look like a good tool that would help you find more videos. However, our research team says that this app is a potentially unwanted program. It means that it might get added to your browser accidentally. It actually happens a lot more often than you think, and it’s easy to fix it by removing VidSearch from your browser. You can find the manual removal instructions for that at the bottom of this entry.
So, just like most of the other potentially unwanted applications that are compatible with the Chrome browser, VidSearch doesn’t exactly hide its presence. It is possible to get this application at the Chrome Web Store, and there is always the official website via vid-search.com. On the other hand, just like we’ve mentioned above, it is far more likely that users add VidSearch to their browsers accidentally. Thus, the official sources are not the only places where users may encounter this extension. Potentially unwanted programs often have many ways to reach their targets.
Normally, potentially unwanted programs employ third-party websites for distribution. For instance, they can come bundled with freeware when users download programs from various file-sharing websites. In such a case, it is important to read all the steps on the installation wizard if you want to avoid unwanted applications. The problem is that users tend to skip important steps because everything looks familiar, and they don’t think that there’s anything dangerous about installing applications downloaded from unofficial sources. That’s how multiple unwanted and potentially harmful apps could reach various targets throughout the world.
On the other hand, when it comes to VidSearch, it is far more likely that this extension reaches users via pop-ups and redirects. Think about all the random pop-up windows that jump into your screen when you access various websites. It is very often that those pop-ups load commercials and other online marketing pages, right? Well, some of those pop-ups could be part of the freeware distribution networks. There could be notifications that tell you VidSearch is about to be added to your browser. And even if you do not read those notifications, you still click the button that allows the app to enter your browser.
Upon adding VidSearch to Chrome, you also give this app permission to:
From here, it might seem that the app should help you find the videos you want to stream, but it’s not like it can provide you with a new search service. When you use VidSearch to search for vids, we can see that all of our search queries get redirected to Yahoo! Search. What’s more, the search results displayed by VidSearch get modified based on our browsing history. It doesn’t mean that the results we see are illegitimate or wrong or misleading. It’s just that there is a bigger chance that VidSearch will show us something we want to see, thus increasing the chances of our interacting with the promoted content.
The danger with this kind of tactic lies in the fact that VidSearch cannot review the content it promotes. Let’s say someone decides to make use of the advertising space to promote dangerous content or redirect you to suspicious websites. VidSearch cannot be blamed for anything because it solely mediates between you and the content. So, you have to learn how to protect yourself and your system from cybercrime and suspicious cyber activity.
Start that by removing VidSearch today. The removal guidelines that you can see below that can be applied to any Chrome extension you don’t want. Also, we would like to recommend investing in a powerful antispyware tool that can protect your system from various threats. Not to mention that you should consider regular system scans with the said tool because it is easy to install a program without knowing about it, so you have to make sure that you don’t have unwanted programs on-board. Finally, review your browsing habits and be more careful about the websites you visit every single day.
How to Delete VidSearch