Utilitab Secure is not as secure as it may want to make you believe. This Google Chrome browser extension might present certain virtual security risks for your computer. Therefore, we have categorized it as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP. It may sound like it is not a dangerous threat, but you should know that this PUP may still put your system security at risk by exposing you to potentially harmful third-party web content. We have found that this new tab extension may also pose a threat by providing you with a questionable search engine. Using this service may introduce you to unreliable third-party websites. All in all, this extension has proved to be a totally useless tool that may well be a risk factor on your system. Therefore, we recommend that you remove Utilitab Secure if you do not want to experience unfortunate surprises.
This PUP has an official webpage at utilitab.com, where you can directly install it in your Google Chrome browser. However, before you would hastily click on the “Add extension” button, we advise you to read carefully what you say “yes” to. From the pop-up that comes up when you click on the “Add to Chrome” button it becomes clear that you need to grant permission for this tool to detect your physical location and change your search settings to search.utilitab.com among others. Well, revealing your location to such an extension raises some serious security and privacy issues for starters. But you also need to know that the search engine change that is offered is a simple redirect to Bing. Another official way for you to let this annoying PUP onto your computer is through the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/utilitab/egjklemoogmbjackmjcjbhfpmncgfacb. It seems that this tool is not really popular since only 88 users seem to have installed it so far. If you run a quick web search on this extension, you may figure out why that may be. You can use the unique ID of this application (egjklemoogmbjackmjcjbhfpmncgfacb) to Google it. Guess what you will find! The first page of the results will most likely be filled with articles about why you should remove Utilitab Secure. Would that be convincing enough for you about the reliability of this PUP?
But we do not even think that anyone would really want to download such a useless extension willingly and knowingly. It is much more likely that users install it though freeware bundles. It is possible to download such software packages when you visit suspicious websites full of shady third-party advertisements, such as banners and pop-ups. These are most commonly pornographic, torrent, and freeware pages. You need to be extra careful when looking for any free files to download, including books, music, movies, and programs. If you end up on a questionable site, there is good chance that you click on a harmful advertisement and you download a malicious bundle packed with a number of threats. If you are not certain how this PUP appeared on your computer, we suggest that you delete Utilitab Secure and run a malware scanner to see how many other infections may be hiding on board. Without eliminating all the threats, there is no chance you can safely use your PC.
This Chrome extension offers you a new tab page that looks very much like the Windows 8 Metro UI screen. There is a search box and below it, grouped thumbnails of different functions and websites. Although the search tool is supposed to be search.utilitab.com, once you enter a query you will be redirected to a potentially modified Bing search results page as we have already mentioned. This means that clicking on any ads or links there may take you to potentially unreliable websites. We have also noticed that clicking on any content on the main page of this extension results in a new browser window opening and loading advertisements. We do not advise you to engage with any content this tool has to offer. In fact, we suggest that you delete Utilitab Secure if you really want to feel secure using your computer.
Since this PUP only affects Google Chrome, it is really easy to get rid of it. All you have to do is remove the extension through the settings. If you have never done this before, please use our guide below. It is possible that this is not the first and not the last time your computer was infected. It is also possible that your virtual world my suffer a much worse malware attack in the future. If you need efficient protection for your PC, we recommend that you use reliable malware removal software that will automatically filter out and stop all malicious attacks.