If you’re looking for ways to get new video games, may we suggest using official vendor or distributor sites instead of going somewhere shady? There’s a good chance that trying to avoid paying for the product you might get exposed to something like NetGameSearch. Now this application is a browser extension, and it clearly isn’t a malicious infection, but it could still hinder your browsing experience by constantly redirecting you to third-party websites. If you happen to have this extension on-board, please consider removing NetGameSearch today. For manual removal, you can find the guidelines at the bottom of this page.
We would like to point out that NetGameSearch is not a browser hijacker. It might be easy to reach that assumption because the app changes your default search provider upon installation. However, this modification happens with your authorization even if you are not aware of it. How can someone be oblivious to the changes that happen to their browser? Well, that’s quite possible if you weren’t planning on having NetGameSearch. What’s more, even if you tried to use the extension to download new games, you probably didn’t notice all the permissions the app required of you. Those would include permission to change your default search provider and read your browsing history.
Some would say that NetGameSearch changing the search engine makes sense because, after all, isn’t this app all about providing you with custom search feature tailored to give you the most relevant results about games? Well, that sounds nice in theory, but the reality is that NetGameSearch doesn’t even have an official search service. If you were to run a search query via portal.netgamesearch.com, you would see that you get redirected to Yahoo Search page. Of course, Yahoo has nothing to do with this application, and the page is merely used by the app to make itself look reliable. However, what’s the use of employing a third-party app when you can run a web search directly via the search engine you actually prefer?
This leads us to yet another problem that is associated with NetGameSearch: potential exposure to unreliable content. Please note that this application doesn’t try to expose you to malware or any other types of threats. It’s just that it doesn’t review the content it might promote. Hence, anyone could embed their outgoing links into the advertising space that is provided by the application. And when you click those outgoing links, you are technically on your own.
The good news is that it is rather easy to remove NetGameSearch and it’s even easier to avoid it. For one, you should refrain from downloading apps from third-party websites. It would be for the best to add apps to your browser only AFTER you have read their description and reviews. And, actually, if you were to check the reviews for NetGameSearch on the Chrome Web Store, you would immediately see that the app is far from useful. Almost all users who left their reviews on the page claim that they want to delete the app ASAP.
So, how do we delete it? You can actually open the Extensions menu on Chrome and remove NetGameSearch with a single click of your mouse. If you want to make sure that you’ve terminated all the tracking cookies, you can also restore your browser to default. For other potentially unwanted programs, you could run a full system scan with a reliable antispyware tool. If more unwanted programs are found, feel free to remove them either manually or automatically. Just don’t forget that your web browsing habits are far more important to your overall cybersecurity levels than you might think.