If you came across a browser extension known as Quick Search, you should be aware it falls under the category of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Such software is not considered as harmful; however, it may not mean it is safe to keep it on the computer. According to our specialists, it is advisable to eliminate the application because it might encourage you to use a suspicious search tool that could place both irritating and potentially dangerous advertisements with the search results. If you do not want to see such content while browsing, you should erase Quick Search without any hesitation. This task might be easier if you follow the recommended deletion steps available below the text. Also, if you need any additional help, feel free to write a comment below or reach us via social media.
Quick Search is available both on the chrome.google.com/webstore page and on the extensions official site reachable via the address searchquicks.com. In fact, the application could be distributed in other ways too. To be more precise, our specialists discovered the PUP might come bundled with similar extensions or toolbars, browser hijackers, adware, and other untrustworthy freeware available on file-sharing web pages. Therefore, we have no doubt there could be users who installed this program without even realizing it. Usually, it happens for those who try to rush the installation process by accepting anything without even reading the terms. It would be wiser to invest a couple of minutes and deselect unwanted suggestions than waste possibly even more time later while trying to get rid of software you actually did not want or threats you installed accidentally.
What happens when Quick Search is added to the browser? It may create an additional search box, but otherwise, the application should not change your browser’s appearance. The most important alteration is the modified settings. Apparently, the PUP could switch your preferred search engine with Search.searchquicks.com. It might look as if you are searching with Yahoo, because this search engine may redirect users to a modified yahoo.com version. The difference between it and the original Yahoo search engine is that results displayed by Search.searchquicks.com could be altered in order to show users advertisements from extension’s third-party partners. It is entirely possible that Quick Search creators could gather advertising revenue from it as they might get paid for each click.
The bad news is that clicking the displayed ads could get you into trouble, since they may lead you to potentially dangerous web pages. For example, the site the user gets redirected to could urge him to participate in fake lotteries or surveys; by doing so, the user might accidentally reveal his private or sensitive information to scammers. Other third-party ads might lead you to web pages containing malicious data or offer you to download more suspicious freeware. Given these risks, we do not think using Quick Search search tools is a smart idea. If you do not believe it is worth to keep this PUP either, we advise you not to wait any longer and remove it from your Google Chrome.
Users who need any help with the PUP’s removal should have a look at the recommended deletion steps located slightly below. The unwanted program can be eliminated while using antimalware software too, just make sure you pick a reliable tool. Once the security tool is fully installed, the user can launch it and perform a full system scan. If there are different possible threats on the system, you should see them listed in the report provided after the check-up is finished. After the scan you should see a deletion button too, so you will be able erase all identified threats with just a one mouse click.