If the default search provider on your Google Chrome browser has been changed to Search.quicksearchtool.com, you must have downloaded Quick Search Tool, a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that was created by Eightpoint Technologies Ltd., the same company that is associated with Templates Discovery Tab, Access TV Streaming, Access Online Forms, Online Radio Finder Tab, and many other PUPs. All of these extensions might seem harmless, and some users might even find them to be useful, but we have to warn that they all appear to present the same kind of search service. It always redirects to Yahoo Search, and while this search engine is generally respected and trusted, we know that PUPs from the Eightpoint Technologies Ltd. family modify the results to promote third-party content. This is why we recommend deleting them. For the most part, the same methods can be applied, but we can show you how to remove Search.quicksearchtool.com specifically because we have analyzed this suspicious search tool in our internal lab.
Do you remember downloading Quick Search Tool from quicksearchtool.com or the Chrome Web Store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail//jlpenjcbjaocajkajjklmfomhohiodfa)? If this is where you acquired the PUP from, it is possible that you do not need to worry about anything else malicious or suspicious running within your operating system. Of course, we never know what might have existed within the system before the installation of the PUP. If you are not sure about this either, or if you downloaded Quick Search Tool using a strange installer found on a strange website, scanning your system is crucial. Employ a trusted malware scanner, and allow it to scan your system automatically. Once the tool is done, you will know if you need to delete anything malicious or threatening. Hopefully, all you need to do is get rid of the unwanted extension. And why is it “unwanted?” In the eyes of our researchers, Chrome users will want to delete this PUP because of Search.quicksearchtool.com. This search tool is neither helpful nor reliable, and you might be unsafe until you remove it.
When Search.quicksearchtool.com changes the default search provider on Google Chrome, every time you enter keywords into the browser’s address bar, you are redirected to Yahoo Search. The same thing happens if you enter keywords into the search dialog box represented via the New Tab page, which Quick Search Tool takes over as well. Although it is not a secret that Search.quicksearchtool.com uses Yahoo Search – it is even mentioned in the official description – that does not mean that the service is trustworthy. The shown Yahoo Search results can be modified to include sponsored content, and it could be based on your browsing history, which should make it more appealing. The PUP can read your browsing history and also change the data you see on some websites. If you share personal information, it can be collected and used also. Without a doubt, we recommend that you stay away from the PUP if you want to preserve your virtual security. And if you want to browse the web efficiently and safely, deleting Search.quicksearchtool.com is advised also.
The great news is that you do not need to remove Search.quicksearchtool.com or change search settings on your browser. All you have to do is delete Quick Search Tool. This extension is easy to get rid of, and you can use the instructions below if you need guidance. Besides eliminating the PUP, we also advise clearing browsing data. This will ensure that there are no leftover cookies that can continue to store information that might be accessible to the PUP’s creator and its partners. As for other threats, if any exist, you need to be very careful about their removal. If you cannot eliminate them yourself, perhaps it is best to let anti-malware software do the job. You should install this software anyway if you want to protect your system against unwanted programs and malware in the future. Besides taking care of reliable protection, you also need to adjust your own behavior because, in most cases, you are the one who decides what to download onto the computer and browsers.