If your normal web browsing routine keeps being disrupted by annoying third-party ads and different Russian websites appearing on new tabs, Fast Search could be the one to blame. This is a Russian ad-supported program that is designed to generate revenue through promoting third parties, i.e., by rerouting web traffic to affiliated websites. You may get infected with this adware via freeware bundles that may contain other malicious threats and potentially unwanted programs. Not only are the advertisements displayed by this infection annoying, but clicking on them may result in redirections to malicious websites or dropping other infections onto your system. We believe that you should remove Fast Search as soon as possible because visiting malicious pages could have serious consequences for you and for your computer as well.
We have found that this infection can come from two “official” sources. One can be found at quick-searcher-v4.biz, which does not seem to be working anymore. The other one is msgplus.net/Downloads/Messenger-Plus-Live-Detail-Download, where you can download Messenger Plus!, a potentially unwanted application that bundles this adware. Interestingly enough, this malware program uses a legitimate Chrome ID, “pbdpajcdgknpendpmecafmopknefafha” that actually belongs to another extension called "Tab Hibernation." However, if you find this useless adware on board, there is a good chance that it did not come through these channels.
It is more likely that you have downloaded and installed a malicious software bundle lately by clicking on the wrong third-party ad. This could mean that your system is infected with other adware programs that show you unreliable ads while you are surfing the web and you click on one. But you can also be exposed to unreliable ads and links by browser hijackers as well as when you land on suspicious websites, including torrent, shareware, and online gaming sites. You should know that when you are installing a software package, it is important that you read the license agreement carefully and also to choose the custom options. If you go for the quick installation option, you may not even realize what other components and tools you may let onto your system. All in all, we think that you should delete Fast Search ASAP and scan your system with a reliable malware scanner to detect all other potentially harmful applications to remove.
There no real or useful functions that this application could offer you. Therefore, it has nothing to do on your system unless you want to keep an “open door” for cyber criminals to cause harm to you or to your system. As we have already mentioned, the only goal of this adware is to generate easy money for its creators through driving web traffic to third-party websites. Of course, your clicks are an essential part of this operation. This means that with every click you make on content provided by this infection, you actually support cyber criminals and schemers. Obviously, there are some moral issues here, but let us not forget about the potential harm you could do to your system, your files, your privacy, and even your bank accounts if you keep clicking on these ads.
Since there is no guarantee that these third parties are all reliable, even criminals may embed links and ads that could lead to malicious websites. Landing on such pages could be rather dangerous. The “best” that can happen to you is that you infect your computer with further malware programs. However, you could also be scammed to disclose your banking details, for example, and you would not even realize this until you get your next bank statement. This is why we say that you should remove Fast Search right away.
There should be no doubt in you as to whether to act or not. We hope that you see now that the only and the best solution is to delete Fast Search from your browsers. In fact, this adware seems to affect two of your browsers: Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. We have found that simply removing the extension called “Fast Search” can eliminate this threat. If you do not know how to do this, please follow our instructions below. If you want to defend your PC from similar or even worse malware threats, we recommend that you employ a trustworthy anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter or any other professional security tool of your choice.