Spider Sally Ads is a browser extension for Google Chrome that we have classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it is not malicious per se, but it can show promotional links in its search results because it replaces the homepage, new tab page, and search provider to its featured search engine Home.spidersally.com. Note that this search engine can feature ads in its search results that can be misleading as you may think that they are legitimate search results. In this short article, we will discuss this browser extension’s features, distribution methods, and removal because you may want to get rid of it after you see what it is all about.
Let us begin our analysis with how this browser extension is being distributed. We have found that you can get this browser extension from several distribution channels. The first distribution channel is the Chrome Web Store from which you can download and install this extension on your own accord. The store provides no information on what benefits this extension gives because there are not any. The headline featured on this extension’s page on the store reads “Update how you search the web with the Spider Sally search extension.” So you can update how you search the web, but is it beneficial is another story. The second distribution channel is its dedicated website at Spidersally.com. This site claims that you can get access to free games with Spider Sally Ads which is false because not even Home.spidersally.com features links to websites featuring games like we expected. This extension is utterly useless and that is because its main objective is to trick you into replacing your browser’s search-related settings. The third distribution method is software bundles. We have received information that this extension can come bundled with questionable software installers that can inject this extension into your browser secretly meaning that the installation of Spider Sally Ads is checked off by default.
Research has shown that Spider Sally Ads is available on Google Chrome only. When you install it on your browser, it will change the homepage address, new tab page and search provider setting to Home.spidersally.com in an effort to make you use it for searching the web because it does not look out of the ordinary and you may mistake it for your old search engine depending on which one you were using, of course. Testing has shown that entering a search term in Home.spidersally.com will show you Google’s search results which are entirely legitimate. Nevertheless, we think that in some cases the search results can feature custom ads by Home.spidersally.com that may not be legitimate.
In closing, Spider Sally Ads is just a vehicle for getting Home.spidersally.com as your browser’s main search engine. Additionally, it collects information about you to be used for advertising purposes, but, apart from that, it offers nothing of value. Its search results can feature shady ads so, as you can see, it is next to useless. Therefore, we recommend that you remove it from your PC as soon as possible.