SearchOpedia happens to be a potentially unwanted application. Although this Chrome extension is very far from a genuine computer security threat, it might still expose you to a number of security issues in the long run. Therefore, you shouldn’t tolerate this extension just because it doesn’t steal your personal information. If you didn’t want this app on-board, scroll down to the bottom of this entry for the manual removal instructions. Remove SearchOpedia today, and then check whether you have more unfamiliar and potentially harmful applications installed. Your system’s security is in your hands.
Like most of the potentially unwanted programs that we have discussed recently, SearchOpedia can come from many different sources. It also has official sources, and that’s one of the main reasons this app will never be categorized as a malware infection. It’s just not it. You can actually find the application at install.search-opedia.com, and there’s also a section for it at the Chrome Web Store. So, when an app comes from official sources, it makes it look reliable.
On the other hand, it is also very likely that the SearchOpedia extension on your browser was added when you were browsing some website that is full of third-party ads. Maybe it was a pop-up that you didn’t check properly. Maybe it was a third-party installer that added even more unwanted software on your computer. Whatever it might’ve been, you have to remain attentive when you browse the web and when you install new programs so that you could avoid SearchOpedia and other similar apps.
So now, what does SearchOpedia? The official website says this extension is the “best way to search.” Also, if you add it to your browser, the app will let “you browse the web and get easy access to search, images, videos and news. This is a single purpose extension.” This might sound like a good deal, but users often forget to read the text in the small font. There’s something on the main homepage for this extension that reads like this:
By clicking the button below you will be prompted to install the SearchOpedia Chrome extension. By doing so, your browser’s default search will be changed and you will have access to SearchOpedia extension’s functionality.
As you can see, the application informs you about the oncoming changes, so if you are surprised by the fact that your default search engine settings get modified, it means that you didn’t read everything through and through. What’s more, the extension can also read your browsing history, thus generating your online profile. With that profile, the extension might target custom commercial ads at you, thus increasing the possibility that you will click those ads. While there is nothing illegal about that, it could be possible that SearchOpedia gets exploited by malevolent third parties. And if that happens, you could be exposed to dangerous content.
Before any of that happens, you need to ask yourself whether you really need SearchOpedia on your computer. The chances are that your web browser can provide you with the same search options as this extension. Therefore, it would be for the best to clean your system right now.
While it is possible to simply remove the extension through the extension menu, we would like to suggest resetting your browser settings to default. Since it is highly possible that you have more unwanted apps installed, you might as well remove the all at once. While you’re at it, you should also scan your system with the SpyHunter free scanner. A full system scan will help you see whether you have more unwanted or dangerous files and programs on your computer.