Search Bay is not a beneficial program, and its creator is not even trying very hard to introduce it to users as one. Instead, they have set up a page to promote the installer of this potentially unwanted program (PUP) in a forceful manner. When you are redirected to searchsbay.com/ext?pid=1651&sid=173115718 – or any other page set up to do the same – your browser goes full-screen, and your cursor starts acting up as you move it. Additionally, a notification shows up suggesting that you must install an extension in order to leave the page. This threat is bogus, and you should be able to leave the page on your own. Even if you could not circumvent the annoying page, you should not give in because, obviously, the program offered to you is not reliable. If it was reliable, it would not be presented to you in such an aggressive manner. Without a doubt, the distribution of this threat is an important reason to delete Search Bay, but we have found one more reason to get rid of this PUP. Keep reading if you want to learn more.
While most users acquire Search Bay via the aggressive page – to which they are likely to be redirected to from malicious pages or via misleading pop-ups – in the past, the PUP was also represented via an official website, searchsbay.com. The installer was also available at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-bay/fcdcdlhamlenoljekfpnjdhjcncnafep. This installer used to be linked to the forceful, full-screen page. Since Search Bay has been removed from the Chrome webstore, it is no longer introduced to users via searchsbay.com/ext?pid=1651&sid=173115718 either. That being said, other pages could be set up. Also, different methods if distribution could be employed to spread this potentially unwanted program. In some cases, it could stand alone, and in others, it could be spread along with other infections or PUPs. To clear things up, we recommend utilizing a trustworthy malware scanner as soon as possible. It will let you know if you need to worry about the removal of other infections. Well, what should you do if other infections are found? First, evaluate them to see if they are dangerous. If they are, you definitely want to focus on their removal first because they could cause bigger security-related problems.
If Search Bay is installed and you have tried surfing the web, you might have noticed redirecting to Google Search at google.com/search. If Google is set as your default search provider, you might not notice this at all, but the thing is that the PUP redirects via searchstrategic.com. The popular search engine is employed because most people trust it, which means that more users are likely to interact with the search tool. That could be a big mistake. There is no doubt that Search Bay records information when you surf the web via searchstrategic.com. Also, there is a possibility that the PUP also adjusts the results shown to you to include sponsored content. In the worst case scenario, malicious parties (e.g., virtual schemers) could inject malicious links. Clicking on them could be dangerous, and so, naturally, it is not recommended. What it recommended is that you delete the potentially unwanted program.
Can you remove Search Bay manually? Hopefully, you can, and, hopefully, you can do that using the guide below. This guide shows how to eliminate the extension representing the add-on, and it also shows how to delete cookies and clear other data. This is an important step because you do not want to keep web cookies and other traces of the potentially unwanted program active. This, of course, is not the best option if you find multiple infections running. In this situation, you really should think about installing a tool that could automatically erase all threats. We are talking about a reliable anti-malware program of course. If you keep it installed and up-to-date, you will not need to worry about any other infections as well!