StreaminSearchs is an extension that might be introduced to you as a superior search tool. Well, if that were the case, we would not identify it as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, for short. PUPs are often identified as threats because they can put their users at some sort of risk. While some PUPs are known as threats because they are set up to trick users into paying money for the promoted services – which is the case with, for example, useless system optimizers – other PUPs are known as threats because they use their users for a monetary gain with nothing in return. That is likely to be the case with the extension we are discussing in this report, as well as all of its clones. A few of them include Sealoid SearchOpedia, and SearchConverterHD. You can learn more about the removal of these extensions in their dedicated reports, and in this report, we can show you how to delete StreaminSearchs.
When we analyze any PUP, we are first interested in how it is promoted and distributed. Since most PUPs are not an identifiably malicious programs, they often have official download pages, or they are represented to users via legitimate and trusted app stores. StreaminSearchs, at the time of research, did not have an official download website, and, unlike its clones, was not represented via the trusted Chrome Web Store. This either means that the extension is under construction or that it has been buried already. Judging by the number of clones that we can associate with StreaminSearchs, we believe that their creator is more worried about the quantity rather than the quality of the installers. Once one installer goes out of business, a new one shows up. If you used an official downloader or the Chrome Web Store installer, it is possible that this PUP is the only threat that you need to deal with. However, if you downloaded it in a different manner – for example, using a bundled downloader – we strongly recommend that you install a trusted malware scanner immediately.
According to our researchers, StreaminSearchs is introduced via two different platforms. The first one is portal.streaminsearchs.com, which should be set as the New Tab page after installation. The second one is feed.streaminsearchs.com, which is a redirector, and it is likely to take over the default search provider. The Portal page can trick people into thinking that StreaminSearchs is a beneficial tool because it offers free widgets. That is meant to create an illusion that the provided search tool can be trusted as well. In fact, whether you use this search tool, or you search directly via the address bar, you will be redirected to Yahoo Search. This automatically makes the PUP useless. If you want to use this popular and respected search engine, you certainly do not need an extension for that. To make matters worse, the results are likely to represent sponsored links, which means that the PUP modifies them. If you click these links, the creator of the PUP is likely to earn money. The same might happen if they sell user-related data that can be gathered by tracking your activity. Unfortunately, we cannot know whose ads the PUP might show, or what parties it might share data with, and that is why we advise deleting it.
We are sure that you now understand why we recommend removing StreaminSearchs. Even if you like having a free calculator or a free PDF converter at hand as soon as you open a New Tab page, the security risks associated with trusting this extension are too high. Also, the main attraction – which should be the search service – is completely useless, and so there is no reason to keep the PUP installed. You have two options to consider when discussing the removal of StreaminSearchs. You can follow the guide below, but your system will remain unguarded, and other threats will not be erased. Alternatively, you can employ an anti-malware program that will, simultaneously, erase all threats and strengthen the overall system’s protection, but you might need to pay for the service. That being said, your virtual security is worth the investment, and if you want to be safe, this is the option to go with.