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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


IStreamSearch wants to come across as a useful tool that can improve your web browsing experience. You must’ve heard this line multiple times before, and that wouldn’t be a lie because Chrome extensions like IStreamSearch get released every other day. What’s more, this extension comes from a well-known group of similar apps that look like useful tools, but in reality, they just want to generate financial profit for their developers, and they do that by displaying third-party advertisements. While that is not illegal, it could expose users to a variety of cybersecurity threats. Hence, you should consider removing IStreamSearch today.

You might wonder how an unwanted program like IStreamSearch can reach your system. Isn’t it a malicious infection? How is it possible for something you haven’t planned to reach you? Well, it all depends on your web browsing habits. If you tend to visit all sorts of websites and pages that host and promote third-party content, it is only a matter of time before you get exposed to such applications. For the most part, it is impossible to avoid adding unwanted applications by simply closing the notifications and windows that offer adding new extensions. If you are used to that, there’s no problem.

However, more often than not, users do not realize the potential threats that hide behind freeware and websites that offer free content. Just because something is offered for free, it doesn’t mean there’s no catch. In fact, when you open some online gaming site, you might be bombarded by multiple pop-up windows that redirect you to online betting sites, dating pages, and maybe even offer to add IStreamSearch (or any other extension for that matter) to your browser. As mentioned, you can simply close such pages without too much difficulty. However, some users might be too distracted to realize they can do that by clicking the X button at the top right of the window.

Instead, users may interact with the notification pop-up right next to the address bar, and that notification pop-up often comes with two buttons. The bolder button adds IStreamSearch and other similar extensions to the Chrome browser. Users may not even read what the notification has to say. They could see the bold button and just click it instinctively. As a result, unwanted applications get added to the browser, and then users have to deal with it.

In some cases, people even think that they got infected with a browser hijacker because it changes their default search engine settings. However, when IStreamSearch and other similar apps do it, they do it because they get your permission to perform these modifications. Even if you are not aware of it, IStreamSearch does it with your authorization. What’s more, such apps cannot do much without your permission because they weren’t programmed to run behind your back. So, whatever this extension does, it does because you allow it to.

Now, let’s say you find IStreamSearch useful and you want to keep it on your computer. Is this a good decision? It’s not a really bad one, at least. The extension is not a malicious infection, and thus, it cannot infect you with malware directly. It also cannot steal your personally identifiable information. Nevertheless, it might have to indulge in third-party advertising to generate the financial profit we’ve mentioned in the first paragraph, and this is where security concerns come in. Apps like IStreamSearch cannot and do not review the third-party content they promote. Hence, if some malicious party decides to make use of the advertising space offered by the app to promote their malicious content, the extension wouldn’t be able to warn you about it.

Due to such concerns, it is strongly recommended to remove IStreamSearch from your system. You can delete the app via the extensions’ menu, but it is also possible to wipe away anything unfamiliar from your browser by resetting it to default. That’s something we recommend because that’s an efficient method to remove all the traces of your web browsing history. Of course, you shouldn’t forget to invest in a security tool that would help you scan your system and locate other potential threats. Since such programs tend to travel in groups, you have to consider the possibility of having more unwanted apps installed.

How to Delete IStreamSearch

  1. Open Chrome and press Alt+F.
  2. Click Settings and scroll down.
  3. Click Advanced and scroll down again.
  4. Press Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Click Reset settings.
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