SearchQuest is ad-supported software that claims to be a “utility that makes searching and translating information you find online easy,” but the only thing that is “easy” about it is the money it generates for its publishers. We have found that this application is a simple adware program that floods your screen with ads; not just pop-ups, but in-text ads as well. Keeping this adware on your computer might expose you to unsafe third-party content. Unfortunately, its presence may also mean that other infections have also sneaked on-board with this adware causing multiple system security issues for you. Removing SearchQuest is a must if you take your virtual security seriously; however, that may not be the end of your journey towards a safe and secure computer.
We have discovered that this adware is very similar to WordShark, Highlightly, and Quiknowledge, which we have already covered on our website. If you are interested to know more about those adware applications, please use our search box at the top. SearchQuest has a semi-functional website at searchquestapp.com. You can find some promotional text there but no download button or link at all. That is quite interesting, or rather suspicious. Some important links are also made totally invisible at the bottom by using the same color for the font as the background. However, we do not believe that this is the only way the publishers want to promote their “child”; it is more likely that it spreads in freeware bundles.
SearchQuest can be found in Amonetize bundles packed with potentially unwanted programs and malware infections including VuuPC and PriceLess. Installing such a bundled version on your computer may create a whole bunch of security issues for your Windows operating system if it is not protected by up-to-date security software. If you have visited questionable shareware sites or torrent sites lately, there is a good chance that you have downloaded this infected bundled version. In that case, deleting SearchQuest only will not sort out all your security issues; you will have to eliminate all other infections as well.
SearchQuest offers you an ability to highlight any text online and it will show you an in-page window with the Wikipedia and Bing results so that you do not have to open new tabs or windows to search for certain words or expressions. However, this application may start to display potentially harmful third-party ads that can turn your browsing experience into a nightmare. This adware may also gather data about you and your browsing habits and send targeted ads to your screen. Clicking on those ads might easily take you to unreliable websites where you might even be scammed by criminals. If you want to avoid the potential dangers, you should remove SearchQuest right now.
The good thing about this useless adware program is that it is really easy to get rid of it. Simply find it in the list of install programs in Control Panel and uninstall it; as simple as that. If you have never done that before, please find our guide below this article. Keep in mind that there may be other infections too. Would you like to go after them manually? Do you think you can identify all of them and remove them without a trace? It could be a tedious job even for an experienced computer user. That is why we recommend that you use a reliable antimalware program instead for effective and automated problem solving.
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