ScreenFreak New Tab is yet another browser extension for Google Chrome developed by the APN LLC. Our research has shown that it is a potentially unwanted program that you might want to remove, because it does not do anything useful to enhance your browsing experience. It seems that this extension was developed to promote a certain search engine based on Ask.com. It also promotes several other third-party links but those are alright. We are somewhat concerned with the search engine which will be the main focus of this article. So, if you have ScreenFreak New Tab, then you might want to know more about it.
However, before we go into the details of how this program works. Let us take a minute to get acquainted with the company that developed ScreenFreak New Tab and its methods for distributing this program. As mentioned, this program was developed by APN (Ask Partner Network), which is a software developer responsible for releasing programs, such as WorldSport New Tab. It seems that we will be seeing more of such programs, because from the very outset this company started rolling out clone programs.
Our research has shown that ScreenFreak New Tab is distributed using three methods. Of course, this program has its own dedicated distribution website at Screensfreak.com which does not contain much information about it. It can even be found of Goolge’s Chrome Web Store. However, most people get it by clicking advertisements if their computers have installed adware-type programs. With such abundance of distribution methods, ScreenFreak New Tab is apt to be installed on a lot of computers. Novice PC users might not know how to remove this program, but we are happy to provide them with the means to do so.
Now, let us discuss how ScreenFreak New Tab actually works. After you install this browser extension, it will automatically change Google Chrome’s new tab page and search engine to Search.ask.com which is based on the original Ask.com search engine. However, unlike the original, this search engine is bound to inject promotional links and advertisements into the search results, which we find very worrying, because there is no way to determine which promotions are reliable and which are not.
The Internet is full of various programs that can be useful. However, there a small category of programs called potentially unwanted programs and ScreenFreak New Tab is one of the. It is not an infection and it will not wreak havoc on your computer. But no one can confidently say that its search engine is reliable. Injecting promotional links and advertisements only hampers the browsing experience, so feel free to remove ScreenFreak New Tab.