It was expectable that the Pokemon craze would reach schemers and get them inspired to create malware infections, such as Home.getpokedex.com. This questionable browser extension seems to work with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome only. We have found that it is indeed a newcomer in the infamous SuperWeb family of browser hijackers. This infection can change your home page, new tab page, and default search engine settings in the affected browsers. However, if you do not want to be introduced to potentially unreliable third-party web content, we suggest that you remove Home.getpokedex.com from your browsers immediately. It is quite likely that this hijacker is not even the only threat on your system. Therefore, if you want to protect your operating system and your files, we recommend that you read our full article to learn about the potential risks and how you can act when under attack by similar threats.
You might end up on one of the official channels to install this useless browser extension if you are searching for a tool to “search and save your favorite pokemon.” You can find the promotional page at getpokedex.com, which redirects you to the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pokedex-search/ihbmhbneodhpijclgeokfgbefebfjmaf) when you click on the “Add to Chrome” button. Interestingly enough, when you try to install this extension using Mozilla Firefox, a pop-up comes up that says “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer” and you need to press “Allow” if you want to continue. This raises the question of reliability. Do not be misled by the fact that this application has an official page and is available in the web store; it can still be harmful.
But this is not even the most likely way for you to install Home.getpokedex.com, which is confirmed by the statistics shown by the web store window. The numbers there suggest that only 12 users have installed this tool through the store. Obviously, the creators use an alternative route to infect unsuspecting computer users called software bundling. This means that you can allow several malware infections and potentially unwanted programs on board if you are not careful enough. It is possible to download such malicious bundles from questionable websites associated with pornography, gaming, and file-sharing. You must have noticed that these pages host an annoying number of third-party ads. Some of these ads cannot even be recognized as commercials because they pretend to be something else. For example, you may find fake system notifications, software updates as well as download buttons. If you happen to click on such content, you may download a whole bundle of malware threats onto your system. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Home.getpokedex.com and check your computer for other potential threats as well.
When you install this tool via official sources, you are informed that it changes the search settings to search.getpokedex.com. However, if you check out this questionable search engine, it actually instantly redirects you to search.cubokit.com, which is another risky search page. We also found that this browser hijacker indeed may set Home.getpokedex.com as your new home page, new tab page, and default search engine. But this search website should not be trusted at all as it redirects all your queries first to feed.snowbitt.com, then, to search.safefinder.com, and finally to a modified Yahoo results page. Unfortunately, this hijacker can inject third-party ads and sponsored links among the normal results, which can be exploited by cyber criminals posing as third parties. Since this browser extension does not take responsibility for any content or the third parties either, it can be risky to click on anything coming from this hijacker. Although you end up on a legitimate Yahoo results page, you cannot take the ads and links for granted. If you click on any content coming from criminals, you may find yourself on malicious websites and you could be scammed out of your money. We advise you to delete Home.getpokedex.com as soon as possible if you do not want to find out how it can harm you.
It seems that it is enough to remove the extensions from the affected browsers, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, when you want to end this threat. If you are not familiar with this, please use our instructions below as a guide. Since it is quite likely that there are other infections on your system apart from this browser hijacker, we suggest that you eliminate them all before it is too late. Your computer cannot be safe until you can find even one single potentially harmful application hiding on it. If you cannot or do not want to tackle these threats manually, we recommend that you download and install a reliable anti-malware application. If you keep this security tool always active and up-to-date, you can have the best protection you may need in your virtual world.