VidSearch is a potentially unwanted application that must have been added to your browser when you clicked some random pop-up. It’s not a dangerous infection, and it’s supposed to enhance your web search experience. However, there’s no need to keep this application if you didn’t want it. Not to mention that VidSearch could also be exploited by malevolent third parties to promote all sorts of unreliable content.
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If you are wondering how it is possible to install unwanted programs, it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. VidSearch is a browser extension, so it doesn’t even need to go through the regular app installation process. It can be added to your Chrome browser after just one click. And what if you are not aware of that click? It means that you can easily add VidSearch when you visit some random websites.
Do you remember every single time you got a pop-up or a redirected window on your browser when you accessed some page or when you clicked an ad? Did you interact with that pop-up or not? Sometimes it might look like you have to click something on the said pop-up to make it disappear, but that’s hardly the case. Clicking the pop-up will only help VidSearch enter your system. You might not be aware of it, but you actually allow such programs to be added to your browser. Hence, all the modifications that occur later also happen with your permission.
And VidSearch asks for several permissions, including to read your browsing history and change your search settings to feed.vid-search.com. Of course, if you haven’t seen the notification, it might seem that you were invaded by a browser hijacker, but that’s clearly not the case. Also, the search settings modification is supposedly there to help you improve your search experience.
Based on our research, when VidSearch changes your search engine settings, all of your web searches get redirected to Yahoo! Search page. The results on the page are also modified according to the browsing history data collected by VidSearch. It doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t get relevant search results. But the question is whether you need this third-party app to redirect you to a reliable search engine. You might as well just set Yahoo! Search or any other search engine that you like as your main search provider, and that would be it.
However, with the modified search results provided via VidSearch, it is possible to get exposed to corrupted content, too. Since this extension monitors your browsing history, it can generate custom commercial content in the search results, and you would be more inclined to click those modified links because that might be something you’ve been looking for. This is probably the main security concern associated with VidSearch and other similar extensions: they can promote commercial content, but they cannot ensure that it is safe.
Therefore, you have to take this matter into your hands and remove VidSearch today. Take a closer look at all the extensions on the list. Do you recognize all of them? If not, maybe there are more apps to remove than just VidSearch?
Scan your system with the SpyHunter free scanner to locate all the potential threats, and then remove them automatically. You can reset your browser’s settings to default yourself, but don’t hesitate to get yourself a licensed antispyware tool if need be. Every security measure counts.