If you have accidentally installed Kill Alphashoppers Ads on your web browser, then you ought to remove it because it is a rather useless, unreliable browser extension. We have classified it as a potentially unwanted program because all it can do is replace Google Chrome’s homepage and new tab page with its featured search engine. The search engine is unreliable because its search results can feature promotional links of unverified legitimacy. The bottom line is that the search engine will not offer you a safe and reliable service, so the sooner you get rid of it from your PC, the better. In this short article, we will describe how Kill Alphashoppers Ads works, how it is disseminated, and how you can get rid of it from your computer safely.
Our research has shown that Kill Alphashoppers Ads was created to serve as a vehicle for its featured search engine Api-client.mobitech-search.xyz. This search engine does not have its own search algorithm. Hence, that is why it redirects all search queries to Google Custom Search. It replaces Google Chrome’s homepage and new tab page so that you could use it whenever you want to search for something online. The problem is, however, that the replacement can occur without your knowledge or consent.
Api-client.mobitech-search.xyz can modify the search results to include promotional links. Its main page already features links to Amazon.com and Bestbuy.com, but these sites are completely safe. We are concerned with the promotional links that are injected into the search results. They can appear as regular links that are relevant to your search queries but redirect to unrelated websites in fact. Indeed, this search engine can subject you to undesirable and perhaps even malicious websites that can jeopardize your computer’s security.
It is worthy of a note that Api-client.mobitech-search.xyz can collect some anonymous information about you. We have found that it can gather information such as your search queries, browsing history, operating system type, IP address, Internet Service Provider name, approximate location, and so on. It collects this information using browser cookies, web beacons, pixels, and other information collection technologies. The acquisition of this information is legal, and all legitimate search engines collect it as well to present personalized search results.
The information we have found suggests that the developers distribute Kill Alphashoppers Ads using several channels. First of all, it has a dedicated promotional and distribution website at Alphashoppers.co. This website features a download button that redirects to the Chrome Web Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/alpha-shoppers/lfcnefjjpegbafdlhielmkkadnmdekhp. Nevertheless, you can find it on the store without having to have to go to Alphashoppers.co first. Also, we have received information that this program can be bundled with third-party software installers. The installers can feature additional software that obfuscates the presence of Kill Alphashoppers Ads. As a result, the installers can inject it into your browser without your authorization. These software installers can be featured on freeware sharing sites that are popular in Israel in particular as the traffic to Api-client.mobitech-search.xyz indicates that most of its users are located in this country.
To keep your computer out of harm’s way and undo the unsanctioned alterations to your browser’s settings, we recommend that you remove Kill Alphashoppers Ads from your computer as soon as you can. It is a simple matter of removing the browser extension from Chrome, and the new tab page and homepage will be restored to their default settings.