Do you often download programs from third-party sources? Do you check all the installation steps carefully? If you are not attentive during freeware setup, you might accidentally end up with the likes of EncryptedSearch. It is a browser extension that is a potentially unwanted application. It means that the extension is not a malicious infection, but it could be associated with malevolent and harmful third parties, so it would be better to remove EncryptedSearch right now. If you don’t know how to do it on your own, check out the manual removal instructions below.
So, how is it possible to download EncryptedSearch? It is possible to find the extension via ext.encryptedsearch.org. Users might get redirected to this page through random pop-ups that they encounter on websites that are full of flash advertisements and third-party content. For example, online video streaming sites and online gaming pages might be some of those places where you could catch EncryptedSearch. It calls for caution when you browse the web or when you install new programs.
For instance, there are multiple websites out there that promote freeware. It is easy to download an app from a third-party source, but that might also backfire if you don’t check all the setup steps one by one. Like, a third-party installer can easily bundle several apps into one. And EncryptedSearch could be offered you like some additional feature or function. Normally, it is possible to avoid adding unwanted apps just by clicking the box next to the offer.
Now, unfortunately, most of the users fail to notice such offers, and they end up installing all the additional apps they do not need. As a result, various extensions might be added to their browsers, and the browser settings can be changed. For instance, when EncryptedSearch is added to your browser, the extension changes the default search provider to encryptedsearch.org. It means that whenever you run a web search, all of your queries will be automatically redirected to a modified Yahoo! Search page.
Please note that EncryptedSearch is not directly related to Yahoo! Search. It’s just that such extensions often employ popular search engines to provide seemingly reliable search results when they are (in fact) modified. How do these extensions modify your search results? First, they employ tracking cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits and your search patterns. Then, they generate the collected data and figure out your online likes and preferences. When you run a web search through EncryptedSearch, the modified search results automatically put the links that are more related to your likes and preferences at the top of the page.
This is done to increase the possibility of your clicking those links. With every click, EncryptedSearch gets paid via the pay-per-click system. Although such a practice is not dangerous or malicious, it has its shortcomings. The problem is that this extension doesn’t review the content it promotes. Thus, it might promote something dangerous too, without really meaning to. Thus, you need to be really careful about the content that you encounter through EncryptedSearch.
Why worry about such things if you can just remove EncryptedSearch from your computer? Simply uninstall the app via Control Panel, and then make sure you reset your browser. It is actually better to reset your browser instead of just deleting the EncryptedSearch extension because you can never know what other unwanted apps might be there. Also, it is always a good idea to delete cookies and cache from time to time. If you want a full review of your system, feel free to scan it with the SpyHunter free scanner.
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