If you face an installer that offers Search.snowballsam.com, you need to rethink its reliability. This search tool is a browser hijacker, and using it can be very dangerous. Needless to say, it is highly unlikely that an installer that would offer this threat could be trusted. The chances are that it uses one attractive tool to trick unsuspecting users into letting in a bunch of malicious threats. So, if your Google Chrome browser was already taken over by the hijacker, we suggest inspecting your operating system to check what other threats might have slithered in. You should find a potentially unwanted program called “Snowball Sam Search” because it was set up to introduce Chrome users to the hijacker, but, of course, we have to consider the possibility that the hijacker can stand on its own. All in all, whether or not other threats exist, you must delete Search.snowballsam.com, and you can learn about the threat and the removal process by reading this report.
Not all users will let in Search.snowballsam.com bundled with malware. Some might install it via the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/snowball-sam-search/leamioamnhcfhiccopeobclclfgjddop. Chrome users are introduced to this installer via watch.snowballsam.com, and they might be redirected to this source via pop-ups and advertisements placed on unreliable websites or shown by existing adware. If you have ever installed an add-on via the Chrome web store, you know that when you click the “Add to Chrome” button, you are asked to confirm your action by reviewing the privileges the said add-on has. Snowball Sam Search demands quite a few of them, including to record browsing history, change search settings, and control access to cookies, plugins, location, camera, and microphone. This last ability is quite disconcerting. Why should an add-on that is meant to enhance your search experience control access to cookies, extensions, or devices that could be used to spy on you? This does not sound right, and that is one of the reasons you should immediately remove Search.snowballsam.com from your Google Chrome web browser.
Although you can access radio.snowballsam.com via your address bar (you need to type in “g” and tap the “Tab” key), Search.snowballsam.com is not a browser hijacker that you can trust. It is most likely that this threat was created to showcase third-party content. That is because when you do not use the special radio.snowballsam.com search tool, the hijacker automatically redirects to Yahoo Search at search.yahoo.com without your permission, most likely, in the hopes of you not noticing it at all. The threat redirects to this engine silently via services.findwide.com, and the results that are shown can be modified. What does that mean? That means that sponsored links and advertisements could be mixed in with regular results. The problem here is that it is unknown what kinds of links you could be exposed to, and since it is possible that they could be malicious or misleading, you want to stay away from Search.snowballsam.com. Overall, this hijacker is not beneficial in any way, and you can only put yourself at risk by using it. Therefore, removal is advised.
Removing Search.snowballsam.com should not be challenging if it is set up by the Snowball Sam Search add-on. In this case, all you need to do is access the Extensions list on your Chrome browser and erase the unwanted extension. The hijacker disappears along with it. Of course, if the threat stands on its own, you might have to change default search provider settings, which can be done via the Settings menu. Enter chrome://settings/ into the address bar, and this menu will appear. Besides that, it is a good idea to clear the browsing data to ensure that no traces of this unwanted software stay behind. While manual removal should be straightforward in this case, we advise utilizing anti-malware software if Search.snowballsam.com is found along with other infections. The right software will automatically eliminate all threats, and you will not need to worry about malware attacks in the future because anti-malware software will ensure all-rounded protection.