Look Smart Secure Search is a browser extension that changes the home page to my.looksmart.me to enhance your online experience by providing you with modified Google search results. Additionally, the extensions changes proxy settings. You may not notice any visual changes on the browser apart from the button added next to the URL box. However, you are likely to notice that the computer's performance is slower. The extension Look Smart Secure Search may employ the PC's resources to mine popular cryptocurrencies. If you have just found that your home page and default search provider are replaced by a new search engine without your consent, take action to restore your former settings and prevent further unauthorized changes within the system.
Some researchers may consider Look Smart Secure Search a browser hijacker because of the changes it makes on the Chrome browser. Our researchers characterize this extension as a potentially unwanted program (PUP); nevertheless, the category does not change much because Look Smart Secure Search is removed by professional anti-malware.
Look Smart Security Search falls into the category of PUPs because it could access the computer as part as a bundled file. It may get on your computer upon clicking a deceptive pop-up or while waiting for a web page to load. Due to this type of software distribution, it is highly advisable to browse only trusted websites. You should avoid unsecured websites promoting online games, dating services, freeware, and other questionable websites. Websites promoting free services are very often supported by advertisers, which usually display advertisements without paying attention to the content of the advertisements they display.
Paying attention to the details is crucial even though the website of your interest seems attractive. Look Smart Secure Search is promoted in the Chrome Web Store, whose reputation has been tarnished several times after detecting malicious programs on the website. Before installing a program, always do some research on it so that you can be sure that it will not ruin your data or computer.
As for currency mining, the extension Look Smart Secure Search may employ a malicious script to mine a digital currency. This type of coin generating is becoming more attractive to cyber crooks and some websites. Some websites uses currency mining scripts without asking the visitor's permission to use her computer's resources. Legal mining takes place when the visitor is informed about mining and asked to permit mining. Such websites can be blocked by certain browser add-on, such as No Coin, Miner block, and AdBlock.
A browser add-on injecting malicious scripts into browsers for mining currencies, such as Monero, should be removed once spotted. Currency mining requires a lot of CPU energy, and home computers are not intended for this type of processing, so once you notice that the computer becomes sluggish or that some programs are no longer responsive, that should encourage you to pay more attention to the system and find the solution to the issue.
Look Smart Secure Search may also monitor your online behavior. All the search terms you enter into the search box after having my.looksmart.me set as the default search provider are likely to be recorded for marketing purposes. Look Smart Secure Search may be interested in your browsing behavior and interests, and the data collected might be shared with third parties.
It is possible to stop this type of monitoring by simply removing Look Smart Secure Search from the computer. However, some more changes are necessary. Since the extension can change your proxy settings, which might be done for several reasons, it is also necessary to fix this issue. Below you will find our removal guide which will walk you through the removal process and will help you restore your former proxy settings.
Our advice is to rely on a reputable security program because you want to have your PC protected from various threats, including ransomware, data stealing Trojan horses, keyloggers, and many other threats. Malicious programs aimed at taking advantage of you are installed surreptitiously without your knowledge, and such a program is extremely important at present with schemers' increasing interest in ransomware and new ways of deceiving unsuspecting computer users.
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