LiveSportSearch is NOT a sports-related tool. The name might suggest that it has something to do with sports content, but our research team can assure you that it is just another useless extension that hides behind a well-known search provider. This provider is Yahoo Search, and the extension is using it to make it look like it can provide you with useful search results. Well, why would you use the extension if you could just use Yahoo Search? The extension claims to be capable of optimizing the results, and that might attract some users. That said, we believe that many users are likely to download this extension by accident, without really meaning to. If that is what happened in your case, we are sure that you want to remove LiveSportSearch right away. However, even if you installed it with the hope that it would serve you beneficially, there are reasons why you should consider deleting it.
Our research team has found that LiveSportSearch is a clone of VideosSearches, ConverterSearchTool, PDFConvertersSearch, HDMusicStreamSearch, and tons of other extensions. Their creator(s) is unknown, but they all follow the same privacy policies. According to them, the extension – which we identify as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) – can collect personal and non-personal information about users and also share that information with third parties. It also can employ tracking cookies to collect and store information. For an extension that is kind of useless, this is a lot. Perhaps LiveSportSearch was created just so that unknown parties could collect data about you. The worst part is that these parties are likely to be unreliable advertisers and that the data is likely to be collected to help these parties introduce you to the most clickable ads. Where are these ads shown? According to our research team, via the search tool that the PUP introduces – feed.livesportsearch.com.
When you download LiveSportSearch – whether you discover it via some random bundled downloader or at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/livesportsearch/gfnohpemnmceakhooelmeddmkdpbfnff – the default search provider of your Google Chrome browser is changed. Then, every time you enter search keywords into the address bar, you are redirected to search.yahoo.com. As we have mentioned before, LiveSportSearch is hiding behind this search provider. The PUP is capable of modifying the results that are shown, and that permits them to inject advertisements and other kinds of third-party content. We are sure that you do not want to see advertisements when you search the web, and we are sure that you do not want to, potentially, put your virtual security at risk by interacting with links that could route to unreliable websites. At the end of the day, we really do not know anything about the third parties that the PUP works with, and so it is impossible to know whether or not they can be trusted. Just to err on the safe side, you should avoid interacting with these search results. Obviously, because this is the only thing that the PUP offers, we suggest that you delete it without further delay.
You can use the guide below if you want to delete LiveSportSearch manually. First, you have to get rid of the unwanted extension, and then you have to remove cookies and clear cache, which you can do when clearing browsing data. Of course, after all this, you ought to scan your operating system. First of all, you want to make sure that no leftovers of the PUP remain active. Second, you want to check if other threats exist. If they do, you must remove them also. What should you do if you cannot remove LiveSportSearch and other threats manually? Even if that is not the case, we always recommend implementing anti-malware software. It can automatically scan the system, delete threats, and also present full-time protection. Obviously, PUPs are not the worst kinds of threats that you could face, and if your system is not secured appropriately, serious threats might be just around the corner.