BestSportSearch browser hijacker (Free Instructions)

BestSportSearch browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is BestSportSearch browser hijacker?

BestSportSearch is a browser hijacker that does not improve your ability to find information about sports

BestSportSearchBestSportSearch is a browser-hijacking app that shows ads and changes search provider

BestSportSearch is a browser extension you might install when thinking it is useful for sports enthusiasts. In reality, the app is considered to be a browser hijacker that appends its own settings upon infiltration and inserts ads at the top of search results. In the background, the hijacker might start gathering various information about users and share it with third parties, which might pose security and privacy risks.

Some people might also install BestSportSearch unintentionally along with freeware or after being tricked by a deceptive ad encountered on a random site. If that is the case, we recommend not only removing the hijacker but also checking the system thoroughly to ensure that it is clear from other infections, such as adware[1] or even malware.

Name BestSportSearch
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted browser extension
Distribution Software bundle packages, fake updates, deceptive ads
Symptoms Those infected are likely to see more commercial content while browsing the web and also encounter scams, as well as phishing, fake update messages
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs/malware, personal data disclosure to unknown parties, monetary loss
Removal You can terminate the unwanted browser extension by accessing the settings menu or by scanning your system with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner anti-malware
Security tips After you get rid of all unwanted and malicious software, clean your browser caches to protect your privacy – you can do that with ReimageIntego automatically

BestSportSearch overview

BestSportSearch belongs to a broad family of browser hijackers that have been around for several years now – FreeSearchStreams, PerfectConverters, and TopConverterSearch are just a few previous versions. While these apps seem to have different purposes (for example, one of them incentivizes video streams, while the other two might seem like a good choice for file conversion), they are identical – the only differences are names and visual aspects.

Their functionality is exactly the same. Upon installation, they all change the homepage and new tab of the browser to a predetermined address (in this case, bestsportsearch.com) and use alternative search providers to show results, which are always filled with sponsored links and ads. The search provider can be altered to searchlee.com, nearbyme.io, yahoo.com, or another one, depending on your location.

You should not look for functionality in BestSportSearch, as it won't help you find all sports-related topics. Instead, it will replace your homepage and new tab and make sure that you are exposed to as many ads as possible, making profits for its creators. Data tracking should also be a security and privacy concern here, as it might be forwarded to third parties.

BestSportSearch virusBestSportSearch collects user data

Distribution and avoidance

While some users install BestSportSearch intentionally, it is not the case mostly. There are two main methods of spreading potentially unwanted apps – software bundles and misleading advertisements encountered on random sites.

PUP developers are well aware that users are not too cautious during the installation of new software whenever they go hunting for new apps of various functions. As soon as the installer is launched, people usually just click the “Next” button several times until it is all complete. However, this is the main mistake and the win for PUP distributors, as they receive financial gain with each install made.

In order to avoid being tricked by bundling,[2] you should always pay close attention to the installation process of new software. When prompted, always choose Advanced/Custom instead of Recommended/Quick settings and watch out for misplaced “Accept deal” buttons, pre-ticked checkboxes, fine print, and similar tricks.

When it comes to fake ads, try not to download programs or extensions from websites you get randomly redirected to in one way or another. You might be told that Flash Player is out of date [3] or that viruses were found on your device, making you download and install the PUP. Ignore these fake alerts and close down the browser tab immediately.

BestSportSearch removal and browser fix

In order to remove the BestSportSearch hijack, you need to get rid of the browser extension of the same name. To do that, access the settings menu and get rid of the unwanted extension. Before you proceed, we recommend you fully scan your system with powerful anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. It will ensure that all the malware and most aggressive adware is removed automatically.

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  • In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the window's top-right).
  • Select Add-ons.
  • In here, select the unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  • Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

MS Edge (legacy)

  • Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  • From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  • Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Safari

  • Click Safari > Preferences…
  • In the new window, pick Extensions.
  • Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

To stop potentially unwanted programs and other third parties from tracking your data, you should clean your browser caches at least sometimes. This is particularly useful after the removal of PUPs. You can proceed with the instructions below or employ powerful PC optimization software ReimageIntego, as it could automatically do a lot of maintenance work.

Google Chrome

  • Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  • Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  • Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  • Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click Menu and pick Options.
  • Go to Privacy & Security section.
  • Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  • Click on Clear Data…
  • Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content, and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

MS Edge (Chromium)

  • Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  • Select Privacy and services.
  • Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  • Under Time range, pick All time.
  • Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

MS Edge (legacy)

  • Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  • Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  • Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Safari

  • Click Safari > Clear History…
  • From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  • Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari
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How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

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If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

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Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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