Magic-Bar might look like an application worth your while, but after testing it, we classified it as a potentially unwanted program and suggest that you remove it. Now, you do not have to get rid of it if you do not really want to, but there is a case to be made to do that. Therefore, in this article, we will discuss how this application works, where it comes from and how you can get rid of it. Please read this whole article to find out more.
Magic-Bar is promoted on a website owned by Via Advertising Group Limited, so we assume that this application has been developed and owned by this company as well. While looking for information about this company, we found that it had released a program called SpringFiles in 2015, a program that was not malicious itself but was known to be distributed with malware and, thus, also considered a potentially unwanted program.
This extension is compatible with Google Chrome only, and you can even get it from the Chrome web Store. Furthermore, it has a dedicated promotional and distribution website at Magic-bar.net. However, testing has shown that the download button on this site does not work. Nevertheless, the Chrome Web Store is not the only channel of distribution. We have received unconfirmed reports that this browser extension can come bundled with third-party software featured on freeware websites. If you do not pay attention to the installation wizard, then you might install Magic-Bar accidentally.
If you install it on your PC, then Magic-Bar will replace the homepage of your browser to chrome-extension://kjboejmbgkediploadlbcfcckbcfnphf/newtab.html. This search engine is set to redirect all entered search queries to an unmodified Google search engine. Nevertheless, this hijacker might modify the search results. We have also found that this extension might show commercial ads while you browse the web. These ads can be shown as pop-ups, coupons, or banners. They can be intrusive and misleading and can get your computer infected with spyware, malware, and so on
We also want to note that this hijacker might collect some information about you in order to show you the modified results. It is possible that this hijacker was configured to collect anonymous information such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, Internet Service Provider (ISP,) browser version, operating system type and version, entered search queries, search history, links clicked, and so on. This information is used for geotargeting purposes in order to make as much money as possible because you may see personalized promotional links that you may be inclined to click.
We hope that you found this article insight full and now know that Magic-Bar is nothing but an unreliable, useless extension that has been rightly classified as a potentially unwanted program that might want to remove because it is quite apparent that this extension offers the user could benefit from. See the guide below if you wish to get rid of this extension and make sure to avoid shady freeware not to get applications such as this one ever again.