You might not think much BoosterSearch, but this Chrome extension may enter your system accidentally, and you will be left wondering, what you are supposed to do wit this app. Luckily, BoosterSearch is very far from a malicious computer infection. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended to remove BoosterSearch from your system because this extension could be exploited by malevolent third parties to promote corrupt third-party content.
While you’re at it, you should scan your computer with a licensed antispyware tool because you could have more undesirable applications on-board. If you can, remove them all at once.
Judging from the name of this extension, it is easy to tell that the app comes forth as a tool that should improve your web search experience. It is compatible only with the Chrome browser. BoosterSearch is available the Chrome Web Store, and it also has an official website at portal.boostersearch.com. So, it would seem that there is nothing suspicious about the program, and everyone should be happy with it. Why are we labelling as potentially unwanted program then? Well, that is so because BoosterSearch clearly employs several other distribution methods.
The problem with potentially unwanted programs is that they often come uninvited. They could come bundled with freeware when users download some program they want from a third-party source. Also, there are tons of websites that support third-party advertising, and through these advertisements, users might be exposed to offers that suggest adding BoosterSearch to their browsers. The most annoying thing about this is that users seldom understand that they are being offered a new application. Sometimes they agree to the offer just because they want the pop-up to disappear.
Since they don’t notice the offer, they also don’t notice the permissions this extension asks for. The permissions are granted automatically, and then the extension can read your browsing history and change your search settings to feed.boostersearch.com. Although this extension doesn’t change your homepage settings, the modification of the search provider can be quite shocking. You might even think that you got infected by a browser hijacker! But rest assured, that is not the case. The modifications were carried out because you agreed to them.
The official stance is that this extension “lets you browse the web and get easy access to search, images, videos and news.” Like most of the potentially unwanted programs we have discussed recently, it is “a single purpose extension.” However, the question is whether you really need a third-party app to provide you with search results when you can already do the same thing with the search engine you have on your browser.
What’s more, BoosterSearch doesn’t have an original search engine. It makes use of the Yahoo! Search. On top of that, all the search results you see via BoosterSearch will be modified based on your web browsing history. It will increase the likelihood of your clicking those results, and the extension makes money whenever you interact with the content it promotes.
The problem here is that BoosterSearch doesn’t review the third-party content it offers. As a result, almost anyone could make use of this extension to promote their corrupt content. For the most part, that would be just about fishy online marketing schemes and other annoying websites that try to increase their traffic. But in the worst-case scenario, you could get infected with malware, too.
Therefore, remove BoosterSearch from your computer and then protect your system from potential threats by investing in a legitimate antispyware application. Be sure to leave us a comment if you need any assistance with software removal. Your system’s security should be one of your top priorities!