If you wonder why you see Search.searchsmart.bid set on your web browser, we have an answer for you – you have installed SearchsmartDS, which is a Google Chrome browser extension, on your computer. It is promoted as a piece of software that makes it possible to “search the web for FREE unlimited music, movies and articles.” If we believe the information available at the Chrome Web Store, this piece of software should also make it possible for users to search the web anonymously. Even though it is promoted as useful software, the majority of users do not find it very beneficial and thus make a decision to remove this browser extension. You should get rid of it also if you do not know anything about its installation and do not like Search.searchsmart.bid set as your homepage and default search tool. SearchsmartDS is considered a potentially unwanted program, i.e. it is not real malware, so its removal should not be very complicated even though it does not have an uninstaller. Of course, we still recommend that you first read this report till the end before you go to remove the undesirable browser extension responsible for changing your Google Chrome settings.
Search.searchsmart.bid does look like a legitimate search provider. On top of that, it returns search results when search queries are entered. Unfortunately, this does not make it a reputable search provider. First, we cannot call it a legitimate search tool because it is promoted by the potentially unwanted program. Second, research conducted by our specialists has clearly shown that it redirects all users’ searches to the modified Bing search engine. Because of this, users might see some sponsored links. These links drive traffic to external pages, but do not expect to find the information you are searching for on them. These sponsored links open various websites, but we cannot guarantee that all of them are trustworthy pages. Therefore, it would be best not to click on any of them in order not to end up on dubious pages. You can make a promise not to click on these sponsored search results, but it is not a good solution to the problem, believe us. You could still click on them accidentally. You will not encounter them only if you stop using Search.searchsmart.bid. We also highly recommend removing it because it will not disappear from your browser itself. It will no longer bother you only when you delete the SearchsmartDS browser extension.
If you can locate the SearchsmartDS browser extension next to other active add-ons, it means that you have downloaded and installed it consciously from the Chrome Web Store, or it has affected your Google Chrome browser without permission. Potentially unwanted programs are often spread bundled, so if you have nothing to do with its installation on your computer, the chances are high that you have installed the software bundle too. Potentially unwanted programs can travel bundled with all kinds of free applications, so it is not surprising at all that users do not notice that they install suspicious software too. Unfortunately, it is not the only way suspicious applications are distributed, so you should not keep your system unprotected if you do not want to end up with bad software. The easiest and quickest way to ensure the systems’ maximum protection is installing an antimalware tool, so you should do this ASAP.
You will remove Search.searchsmart.bid from your web browser only by deleting the SearchsmartDS browser extension because it is the one that has set this search tool on your browser. Luckily, this extension is just a potentially unwanted program, so you will remove it easily through the add-ons manager. We are sure there are people who do not even imagine what the add-ons manager is, so we have asked our experienced researchers working in the cyber-security department to prepare the step-by-step manual removal guide – you can find it right below this paragraph. If you do not find this guide very helpful, you can use an antimalware scanner to get all untrustworthy applications deleted automatically instead.