Filmate-search.com is an unreliable search engine that may be offered to you as a Google Chrome browser add-on when you click on a questionable pop-up advertisement. Therefore, its presence may mean that your computer had already been infected with malware, such as adware, and the unsafe pop-up ad was generated by that, or you visited an unreliable website, such as a freeware site, and you clicked on an ad there. Although it seems that this search engine is mainly targeted at the Mexico region, it does not mean that you cannot install it anywhere in the world. The main problem with the presence of this search engine is that it may expose you to unsafe third-party content. You may think that it only affects Google Chrome, so you are safe using Mozilla Firefox instead. Unfortunately, it might also come bundled with other infections that might cause further issues to your system. For example, it is possible that by using this search engine in Chrome you infect your other browsers with other malware programs. The only way out of this is to remove Filmate-search.com from your computer.
One way for this useless browser extension to end up on your computer is to install it through the Chrome web store. You may think that if it is available in that store, it means it is a reliable tool. Unfortunately, this is not true because there are thousands of extensions there that have not yet been reviewed. Therefore, it is quite likely that this tool will be blocked in the near future, once they realize its “potentials.” But, even if you find this tool while browsing or searching the Chrome web store, we advise you to always research the extension or application before you want to install them. This goes for all software, of course. A quick Google search can be a “life-saver.” For example, if you Google this search engine, you will see on the first results page that there has to be something fishy about this extension since most articles are about how to delete Filmate-search.com from your computer and why it is important.
There are other ways, too, for this extension to appear on your computer. It is possible, for example, that you clicked on a pop-up advertisement and that resulted in its installation. But, if this pop-up was generated by an unsafe website, such as a freeware or torrent site, it is quite possible that you infected your computer with other malware infections as well. What’s more, it is also a possibility that your PC had already been infected with adware when you clicked on a pop-up generated by it. Although we have not yet found a bundled version of this search engine, we can still assume that it might spread in bundles as well together with other malicious software installers. These are usually hosted on unreliable file-sharing websites. So, if you have visited such sites lately, you should definitely check your computer for other malware after you delete Filmate-search.com.
If you want to find the invaders manually, you can check the list of installed programs in Control Panel and the extension lists in your browsers. This way you can normally identify potentially unwanted programs, adware programs, and browser hijackers. The more dangerous malware infections are mostly hidden from your eyes, however. You should use, for example, a free online malware scanner if you want to see all the threats on your computer. But let us warn you that the Internet is full of fake scanners and security tools that may do more harm than good. Therefore, you always need to make sure that you are using a reliable and reputable tool.
It is quite easy to make this extension disappear simply by removing it from the Google Chrome browser. If you have never done this before, you will find our instructions quite helpful. However, even after you say good-bye to this infection, you cannot be totally sure that your computer is all healthy and not in danger anymore. We recommend that, at least, you run a malware scanner to see the malware situation on board. If the scanner finds anything, you should not hesitate to act because the more you wait, the more potential risks you expose your PC to.