Search-smart.work is a browser hijacker, which means it can change your browser preferences like your default search engine, homepage, etc. The plugin’s description may promise “a fresh, new search experience,” but in reality, all it does is replaces the mentioned preferences with Yahoo search engine. The question is what the point in installing a tool that provides a search engine you can freely use at any time without installing any additional tools is? Truth to be told we do not think there is and if you do not see any point in keeping Search-smart.work either we recommend not to waste any time with it and delete it right away. Should you need any help while eliminating the browser hijacker, keep it in mind that you can use the instructions prepared by our specialists as we will add them at the end of the article. Of course, users who wish to learn more about the threat should read the article first.
This browser hijacker seems to be recently created, and we do not think there are a lot of users who have come across it yet. Our specialists say it can be found on Chrome Web Store page or its official site, but it is also possible the application could be bundled with other doubtful software. As a result, some users might add it to their browser accidentally. For example, Search-smart.work could be offered as an additional piece of software, and the suggestion might be visible only if you choose advanced installation settings. Unfortunately, it is no secret some users try to rush the installation process by picking the so-called automatic installation. Obviously, to avoid additional tools you may not want to receive you should always invest a couple of minutes to read all available terms during the installation. Another wise idea would be not to download installers from sites that could bundle them with potential threats.
Currently, it is believed Search-smart.work can affect both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. As explained at the beginning of the text the browser hijacker could settle in by replacing particular browser preferences. For example, your homepage or default search engine might be changed with search.yahoo.com. Our specialists say that so far it does not look like the application modifies gathered results, but from our experience with similar threats, we must tell lots them act this way, and there is a possibility this tool could start showing modified search results later on. It is usually bad news because some of the ads could be malicious as there might be not knowing where they may come from. Thus, considering this extension provides a search engine you most likely already know and most importantly can use anytime if you type search.yahoo.com into the address bar, we do not think it would be wise to keep the browser hijacker and by doing so put your system at risk.
There are two option to choose from if you decide to eliminate Search-smart.work. The first one is to erase the plugin from the browser’s extensions menu. This you can do yourself if you follow the instructions located at the end of this text. The second option is to download a reliable security tool. Once you install it, you could perform a system scan, during which the browser hijacker and other possible threats should be located. Afterward, all that would be left to do is click the deletion button.