“All the things you need, only better,” is the promotional tagline of Bay Search, a browser extension intended for the Chrome browser. It sounds like this extension can improve your web browsing experience, but why are we documenting it here as a browser hijacker? That is because of a number of modifications this extension inflicts on your browser upon installation. If you do not feel comfortable about these modifications, you should remove Baysearch.co from your system immediately. You can terminate this extension manually, although it is always a good idea to invest in a security tool that would do it for you automatically.
How does this application enter your system? Well, it is important to note that this program does not enter target computers without user’s permission. Of course, here you might say that you do not remember installing this app, but the point is that it needs some action on your part to be added to your browser.
For one, we can surely say that Baysearch.co cannot be downloaded via the official website because the Add to Chrome button does not work anymore. This extension also has a section at the Chrome Web Store, although we seriously doubt whether users add it to their browsers through that channel. Not to mention that, just because the application is on the Chrome Web Store, that is no guarantee that it is 100% reliable.
So here we are, once more, asking how Baysearch.co enters target systems. The truth is that such browser extensions often come bundled with freeware. So if you tend to download programs from file-sharing websites as opposed to the official homepages, you can expect to install more than just one program on your computer.
Needless to say, it is possible to avoid adding Baysearch.co to your browser if you remain attentive during freeware installation. Unfortunately, users often treat installation as a default process and they do not check all the steps in the installation wizard. As a result, Baysearch.co and other unwanted applications get added to their browsers and installed on their systems.
Why do we talk in plural here? Well, that is because potentially unwanted applications often travel in groups. If Baysearch.co is added to your browser, you might as well check the list of installed programs because you are bound to have many other undesirable apps over there.
The good news is that browser hijackers and potentially unwanted applications are relatively easy to remove. Disregarding their “official” function, it is for the best to terminate these programs as soon as possible. You can never know when they could expose you to potentially harmful content.
You can remove Baysearch.co via your browser’s settings. If you want to be absolutely sure that your system is 100% clean, you can also scan it with a security tool of your choice. However, please remember that a security tool alone cannot protect your system from harm. You should also be careful about what you download and install on your PC. Please review your web browsing habits, and don’t forget to fix them if you feel that you should be more careful in the future.