Did you download Vil APP with a hope that it could enhance your web browsing experience? Perhaps you do not remember downloading it at all, or you installed it just because it came attached to something else? At the time of research, the extension was compatible with the Google Chrome, but it could no longer be acquired from the Chrome Web Store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vil-app/mgheloialdghfmmfnknhppkcncoglhlc). It also did not have an official download website. Due to this, the distribution of this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is still a mystery to us. If you remember downloading it from an unfamiliar website along with other questionable, unfamiliar programs or extensions, we suggest scanning your system before you continue reading. A trustworthy scanner will determine within moments if you need to remove threats. Of course, whether or not additional threats exist, you should look into deleting Vil APP.
When the Chrome Web Store installer was still active, it provided some information about the PUP, and it also explained how the extension could work. The app description suggested that the extension could help conduct “advanced” web searches. The permissions pop-up also revealed that the PUP can read browsing history and read/change data on certain websites you visit. When we researched Vil APP, its description also claimed that s3redirect.com would change search settings after installation. However, once the PUP was installed, we noticed that the hijacked default search provider was actually redirecting from searchmes.xyz to s3arch.page. Due to this, it is possible that different search tools could be associated with this potentially unwanted program. Needless to say, this does not make it extremely trustworthy. In fact, we do not think that any search tool introduced by Vil APP is trustworthy at all, and that is why we do not think that using the PUP’s search service is a good idea.
Do you know what tools Vil APP employs to gather your browsing history and other information? Do you know what kind of information is collected? Do you know if it is shared with third parties? Do you know what parties work with the PUP? Do you know what security measures it employs to protect data and introduce you to search results? Most likely, you do not know anything about Vil APP, and that is why you should remove it without hesitation. At the end of the day, even if you do not care about your virtual security, you should delete the PUP simply because it does not offer useful services. It hijacks your default search provider and redirects to random search engines to introduce you to search results. These results are likely to be taken over by advertisements, and interacting with them could be dangerous. That depends on whose ads are shown, and since that is something you cannot know, every click could be risky. So, are you choosing to remove the suspicious extension?
If you have scanned your system and discovered other threats, it might be best for you to look at the bigger picture. While you might be able to research and manually delete every single threat, you also could have all threats deleted automatically, at once. If this is what you want, you should install a trusted anti-malware program that can remove Vil APP and other threats and also reinforce the security of your entire operating system at the same time. The lack of comprehensive security is the downfall of the manual removal of Vil APP. Even if you can get rid of this threat manually – and the easy-to-follow guide can be found below – can you protect your browser and the operating system against all others? Note that while PUPs can create issues, there are far worse infections out there, and you want to protect your system against them all.