If you use Google Chrome, you might decide to install Search Manager. This extension is compatible only with this particular web browser, and it is unlikely that it will cross-over. Although we have not seen this program entering operating systems without permission (i.e., illegally), some computer users quickly classify it as a browser hijacker that requires urgent removal. This is mainly because this Chrome extension can change the default search provider and switch your regular homepage for a New Tab page. Considering that these changes are made with the knowledge of the user and that they are an integral part of the extension itself, we classify it as a potentially unwanted program rather than a hijacker. All in all, regardless of other reasons, this is one of the biggest reasons why computer users choose to delete Search Manager from their Google Chrome browser.
The main appeal of Search Manager is quite suspicious. This program allows switching between three major browsers – Yahoo, Bing, and Google – but that is all that it can do. Of course, this service might alleviate the browsing process a little bit, but it is unlikely that many computer users will find it very appealing. Due to this, we believe that most users of this extension install it without knowing much about it. This could happen if, for example, you downloaded this program as an additional offer along with other programs. Now, if that is the case, we strongly suggest inspecting all programs installed along with this PUP, as you might find they are suspicious as well. All in all, whether you install it from its official website, the Chrome store, or a third-party source, you should be informed about the activity of Search Manager. The Permissions of this PUP include changing search settings, reading/changing bookmarks and data on the sites you visit, and managing your extensions, apps, and themes.
As mentioned previously, Search Manager sets New Tab as your homepage. This is how the extension is represented to users. http://srch.bar/ is the search provider that this extension sets as your default search engine, and this is what we are most suspicious about. This search tool redirects to Yahoo Search, which, you must admit, is very strange. Although Yahoo is a reputable search provider, you need to be careful if you get redirected to it via a suspicious search engine because it might have a hidden agenda. For example, redirecting to a popular page could be used to generate profit for boosting traffic or collecting information. Needless to say, none of this is actually going to enhance your browsing experience. Due to this, we suggest eliminating this strange extension from your Chrome browser as soon as possible.
You can remove Search Manager by eliminating its files. As mentioned previously, these files can be found in the bahkljhhdeciiaodlkppoonappfnheoi folder. The good news is that you do not actually need to dig trough folders and files to eliminate this potentially unwanted program. Instead, you can launch your browser, access the Extensions menu, and remove the unwanted one. If you are not familiar with this process, check the guide below. If you scan your operating system – click the Download button to get a free malware scanner – and find other threats, you can check appropriate guides to learn how to eliminate malware. Alternatively, you can get rid of all of the unreliable programs using one single instrument, a reliable anti-malware tool.