We have no other choice, but to label Search Box Ds as a potentially unwanted application. It is a browser extension that works on Chrome. Technically, it should improve your web browsing experience. However, there are quite a few things that are quite disturbing about this extension, and there’s also the chance that it gets added to your browser accidentally. Therefore, if you did not intend to have this extension, it is about time you remove Search Box Ds for good. For the manual removal instructions, please scroll down to the bottom of this description.
Sometimes it is hard to talk about potentially unwanted programs because it is tricky to place them. They’re not precisely malicious infections because they are out there; they are available out in the open, and they are not trying to hide their presence. For instance, Search Box Ds can be downloaded from a number of official sources. It has an official website via install.searchboxlive.com, and it can also be found on the Chrome Web Store. So it would seem that there is nothing suspicious about this application. Why are we even writing this?
Well, sometimes, Search Box Ds and other similar extensions come bundled with freeware. In fact, that is the most common concern when it comes to potentially unwanted programs. Users may end up adding such extensions to their browsers accidentally because they are not aware of the freeware distribution patterns. If you have recently downloaded something from a file-sharing website, you might want to scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. For all its worth, there might be tons of unwanted applications installed on your PC. Not that they are extremely dangerous or anything, but who wants to keep unwanted and unnecessary apps, right?
Now, If we were to take a closer look at Search Box Ds’s official website, we would get the impression that this extension is quite a useful tool. It says that with this extension, you can “Easly Search for Your Favorite Topics with Search Box.” Oh? But what is this? What is “easly?” Yes, this is the exact quote, we haven’t changed anything. The spelling mistake is right in the main tag-line. That doesn’t look too reliable, right? It might be that whoever created Search Box Ds, they wanted the app out as soon as possible, and they didn’t care much about the homepage design or credibility. So that’s the first slip.
Another thing that might not be too nice about this application is that Search Box Ds modifies your default search engine to feed.searchboxlive.com. Of course, since users allow this extension to enter their browsers, technically, the modification is solicited (even if the users were not aware of the fact they gave that permission). However, the search engine is not genuine. All search queries are redirected to a modified version of the Yahoo! Search engine, and this allows us to assume that Search Box Ds employs tracking cookies to collect information on your web browsing habits.
Is this dangerous? Again, not exactly. Most of the time, such tracking information is used for online marketing purposes, so you might see numerous commercial offers in the future. Most of these offers will cater to your likes and preferences, so you will be more likely to click them. The problem here is that Search Box Ds does not review the content it might promote, so there is a good chance that malevolent third parties can exploit this extension to promote dangerous content. It seldom leads to a malware infection, but such a likelihood exists, and you cannot ignore it.
Luckily, it is easy to remove Search Box Ds on your own. Simply delete Search Box Ds from your browser, and then scan your computer with a reliable security tool. As mentioned, potentially unwanted applications might come from file-sharing websites, so there is always a good chance that there is more than just one unwanted app on-board. Remove them all to avoid a number of security threats.
Also, please refrain from downloading programs from unfamiliar websites. If possible, download apps only from their official vendors. And if you are not sure about the app’s background, do some research before you download it. It’s definitely worth it.