Adamant Search may show up in your Google Chrome browser as your homepage, new tab, and default search engine; however, you may not even recall installing this browser extension. This may sound strange if you are an inexperienced computer user but unfortunately, it is possible to install this tool without realizing it. Of course, it takes a bit of carelessness on your part because most of the times even these potentially risky tools notify you about the coming browser setting changes, which is usually overlooked by users. The reason for this can also be that this potentially unwanted program (PUP) may be distributed in questionable ways and this notification could be well hidden or made a bit difficult for you to notice. It is possible that other malware researchers label this tool as a browser hijacker because of its capability to change your browser settings. In any case, we do not think that it is a good idea to keep this application in your browser as it might expose you to potentially unreliable third-party content through its search results. We advise you to remove Adamant Search from your browser if you want to keep your virtual world safe in the long run.
As a matter of fact, you can install this PUP directly from the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adamant-search/kcpbohfnldcommpbfbllnkicaokakjah, although it is a bit strange that it does not have an official promotional website. This page reveals that only 10 users have installed this tool in the past month, which is a rather low number obviously and does not account for all the user reports claiming that this application is potentially unreliable. It is also a bit suspicious that there is no screenshot available on this web store page but we understand that all these details may not convince you to want to delete Adamant Search. So let us go on.
Our research also concluded that this PUP can be found spreading in freeware bundles. As you may already know, software bundling is a deceptive distribution method since schemers can pack all kinds of PUPs and malware infections together alongside a possible legitimate free program that you may actually be targeting to download. This installer may reveal the full content of this package only if you select the custom or advanced installation option. In any case, you need to be always extra careful whenever you are installing a software bundle because each screen may disclose important information that is usually ignored by inexperienced users who, in return, may infect their system with a bunch of adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, fake alerts, and, of course, PUPs. This is why we advise you to use a trustworthy online malware scanner to detect all possible threats on your computer after you delete Adamant Search.
Installing this PUP means that you homepage, new tab, and default search engine is set to search.pristineapp.com. This search page looks totally innocent, clean, and simple. All you have there is a search box and Search button. This tool also seems to use its own search engine to provide you with search results. However, we are not really convinced that these results are all to be trusted. You are offered the usual search categories on the results page at the top: Web, Images, Videos, News, and Maps. It is quite suspicious though that the News and Maps links do not work at all and clicking on the Images and Videos links will promote the movie "Iron Man 2" no matter what your search keywords are. Since this PUP may also collect information regarding your online activities, it is quite possible that you will be exposed to customized content in the form of promoted links and third-party ads. Engaging with such content could be risky as you may drop infections or get redirected to websites operated by cyber criminals. Thus, we advise you to act now and remove Adamant Search from your browser.
The only good thing about this PUP is that you can easily get rid of it and the potential risks if you remove the browser extension. If you have never done this before, please use our guide below. Since there could be other and more serious threats on your computer, we suggest that you do not stop until your PC is entirely clean. If this could be an issue for you, i.e., you do not have the time or skills to manually tackle all these threats, you may want to start using a reliable anti-malware program like SpyHunter.