Have you ever wondered how you could improve your web search experience? Perhaps apps like SearchHD look like they might help you, but computer security experts warn about potential security threats that might be associated with such extensions. Of course, the app itself is not a malicious infection, but if it is a potentially unwanted program, it means that it may exhibit a variety of behavioral patterns that might be deemed undesirable. Therefore, if you have this application on-board, do yourself a favor and remove SearchHD right now.
Like most of the potentially unwanted programs, SearchHD doesn’t hide its presence, and there are also several official sources where you can get the app. The main official webpage is located at portal.search-hd.com. It is also possible to get the extension at the Chrome Web Store, as the app is intended mainly for the Chrome browser. However, it is very unlikely that the users would come across the extension via the official sources. Like most potentially unwanted programs, this one can also be delivered through third-party sources. And so, our research team says that SearchHD mainly spreads through redirects that are triggered when users click various third-party advertisements, or open web pages that are bound to display commercial third-party content.
In a sense, we have to understand that SearchHD do not enter target systems in surreptitious manner. In other words, such programs require user’s permission to be added to their browsers. And while you might say that you do not remember adding SearchHD, it is very likely that you just didn’t notice how that happen because of the way you usually interact with pop-ups, redirects, and other notifications on your browser. The point is that you have to be careful and attentive. If there’s a notification, try and read it, instead of ignoring it point blank. Not all notifications are default, some come with some important information, too.
When SearchHD gets added to your browser, it might feel that the app is a browser hijacker because it modifies some important settings. For instance, it changes your default search engine to portal.search-hd.com, and each time you open a new tab, it automatically redirects you to a modified Yahoo! Search page. Please note that Yahoo! Search is not related in any way to SearchHD. These potentially unwanted programs often employ popular search engines to provide users with “unique” search experience. At the same time, it also proves that SearchHD cannot show you anything new or unusual.
On the other hand, when SearchHD is added to your browser, it requires permission to read your browsing history and change your search settings. So, aside from constantly redirecting you to the modified Yahoo! Search page, the extension can also collect data on your web browsing habits. This information is often used for various online marketing purposes. Of course, the app might say that this info is necessary because it needs to provide you with custom search results, but there are two sides of the same coin here. While the extension COULD provide you with relevant and custom search results, it could also use the collected information to expose you to a variety of custom commercial content. After all, it’s all about the money.
To put it simply, SearchHD might look like a useful app, but if you didn’t intend to have this on-board, you are about to meet an annoying application that constantly exposes you to potentially suspicious custom content. To avoid various security threats, you should remove SearchHD today. Afterwards, be sure to check whether there more unwanted programs on your computer. If more unwanted apps are found, delete them all at once.