PDFSearchz is a browser extension that might provide a search engine called feed.pdf-searchz.com. According to the application’s description, using it is “the best way to search.” However, can the application truly provide such an advanced search tool that would be better than, for example, Google or Yahoo? Our researchers say that users who think so might be disappointed because the extension is one of the many potentially unwanted programs that claim to be providing the best way to search. Nonetheless, like other similar applications, the plugin provides a search engine that redirects to Yahoo, which then displays search results. If you want to know more about the extension’s working manner or other details about it, we invite you to read our full report. If you decide that you do not need such a tool on your browser, we can show you how to delete PDFSearchz if you check the instructions located below the text.
Currently, PDFSearchz is available on the Chrome Web Store page, but it might no longer be there by the time you read this article. As potentially unwanted programs tend not to stay very long on the mentioned platform. Besides it, the extension could also be spread through its official website that users could discover via pop-ups and ads. Also, the potentially unwanted program could be bundled with similar applications. The installers containing it could be spread through various file-sharing websites. Consequently, we advise not to download software from unreliable file-sharing websites or questionable pop-ups and ads. Also, we advise researching all software that you wish to download before installing it. Reading expert reviews can help you learn whether a tool is considered unreliable, annoying, or dangerous. Getting a reliable antimalware tool would be smart too as such software can protect you and your system from various threats as well as warn you about potentially unwanted programs.
What does PDFSearchz do? At first the potentially unwanted program might change your default search engine. As said earlier, the application might replace it with a search website called feed.pdf-searchz.com. Since the extension claims to be providing the best way to search, users might expect its search engine to be advanced. However, it is doubtful that it could provide features that would be better than the functionality that Google or Yahoo search engines can provide since feed.pdf-searchz.com might be using Yahoo to gather and display search results. In other words, the potentially unwanted program’s search engine might not gather or show search results. Nonetheless, it could influence what kind of advertisements users see among the displayed search results. That is because PDFSearchz might be using a modified Yahoo search engine and could be able to inject search results with ads of its own or belonging to its third-party partners. Such ads could be targeted because the application asks for permission to view users’ browsing history.