When you add a new extension to your browser, you would expect it to function properly, at the same time improving your online experience. At first sight, it looks like Social-enhancer is exactly that kind of application. However, security researchers say that it is a potentially unwanted program because it may enter your computer accidentally, and it may also share your personal information with unreliable third parties. It is important that you remove Social-enhancer from your computer if you did not intend to install this extension. Sometimes even the most innocent-looking applications could lead to serious computer security issues, so you should not take your chances with that.
We have determined that Social-enhancer is hosted on the same domain as several other browser hijackers, including pro-search.com, social-enhancer.com, and socopoco.com. There are a few other “search engines” that use the same domain, and this allows us to assume that the extension comes from a group of potential security threats. Albeit such applications are not malicious infections and they cannot steal your financial information, it should be pointed out that they could be exploited by cyber criminals, and if that happens, you could easily get infected with severe malware threats.
The best way to avoid Social-enhancer and other unnecessary applications is to refrain from downloading apps from file-sharing websites. Of course, sometimes such extensions have official homepages. In fact, this program can be found on the Chrome Web Store, too. However, when users add extensions to their browsers willingly, they usually do that because they expect some sort of a service that should be useful. Hence, we do not deal with these cases. We are far more interested in accidental installations, especially when users set up freeware apps downloaded from third-party sources.
Sometimes third-party installers inform users about the additional programs they are about to add to their computers. Unfortunately, more often than not, users tend to skip the installation steps because they think it is a default process that does not require their attention. As a result, Social-enhancer and perhaps many other unfamiliar programs that will slow down your system, at the same time exposing you to suspicious commercial content.
What’s more, Social-enhancer will change your browser’s settings by modifying your homepage. It may also collect data about your web browsing habits. Most of the freeware applications do that because they make money by displaying commercial advertisements. Each time you click an ad that is delivered by this application, you help the people behind the application generate a financial profit via the pay-per-click system.
While this type of practice is not illegal, it may prove to be risky. Some of the ads could be embedded with potentially harmful links. Not to mention that Social-enhancer can share the information on your web browsing habits with unreliable third parties.
This kind of behavior only proves that you need to remove Social-enhancer right now. It is easy to delete the extension via your browser’s settings. After manual removal, be sure to scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner, as you may have many other unwanted applications on-board. You have to do everything you can to ensure that your computer is safe and clean again.