When we take a look at Downtoext.info, the homepage makes it look like the search engine is related to Google in some way, probably because of the color scheme. However, this page is a browser hijacker, and so it means that it was set as your default homepage without your permission. Browser hijackers should not be messed with. You might think that there is nothing dangerous about this intruder, but it could be easily misused by cyber criminals to distribute malware, and you definitely have to prevent that by removing Downtoext.info today.
You probably did not notice when this browser hijacker was added to your Chrome browser, but we are sure that you did initiate the entire installation. That is because we know how browser hijackers like Downtoext.info spread around. They do not have a direct distribution source because no one would want to add something like that to their browsers anyway. So what do the developers of such browser hijackers do to make them reach multiple computers around the world? They employ freeware packages to distribute their programs. Thus, if you have recently downloaded some app from a file-sharing website, and Downtoext.info was set as your homepage almost immediately after that, it is very likely that the browser hijacker entered your computer together with that program. Also, our research team suggests that the hijacker might also travel together with some browser extension, too.
It clearly shows that you need to be careful about the programs you install and the services you choose to use. Just because some program is available for free, it does not mean that it should be trusted 100%. If you are not sure about the legitimacy of a certain program, you can always google it or simply check its reviews. If there are no reviews at all, it should be the first sign that something is off.
As far as Downtoext.info is concerned, the browser hijacker is bound to employ tracking cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits. After all, browser hijackers are created to make money for their developers, and they do that by promoting third-party content. For the most part, it might look like the content it advertises might be interesting or useful, but clicking the links provided by Downtoext.info could easily redirect you to some online marketing website or even worse: You could be exposed to a malware-related webpage. Of course, that is the worst-case scenario, and it does not happen every day, but there is no need to risk that.
You should remove Downtoext.info right now by following the instructions provided by our team below this description. Please do not forget that there might be more potentially unwanted and dangerous programs on your system, so you should scan it with a licensed antispyware tool to see just how many applications you might need to remove.
If you find manual removal too troublesome, you can always get yourself a computer security program that will do the job for you. The most important thing is to protect your system and your personal information from malicious exploitation.