Smartbase browser hijacker Removal Guide
What is Smartbase browser hijacker?
Smartbase is a shady extension that collects browsing-related information
Browser hijackers can put user privacy and security at risk
Smartbase is a bogus browser extension that changes the main settings of the browser, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine. Users are forced to browse only through selected channels which raises many user privacy and security concerns.
Many browser hijackers add their own search engines that can lead to misinformation or even dangerous pages. However, this one replaces the default search engine with Bing which is well-known. Even though it might not be dangerous, it is still a huge inconvenience.
Most of the time, hijackers are created to collect sensitive information or generate revenue from pay-per-click advertising. Browser plugins can also cause redirects to advertisements. Unfortunately, crooks may use rogue advertising networks that lead to scam sites.
|TYPE||Browser hijacker; potentially unwanted program|
|SYMPTOMS||The main settings of the browser get changed, like the homepage, new tab address, and search engine|
|DISTRIBUTION||Shady websites, deceptive ads, software bundling|
|DANGERS||The extension may lead to dangerous websites; display misinformation, and inaccurate search results; track browsing, and collect data|
|ELIMINATION||Remove the extension by going to your browser settings|
|FURTHER STEPS||Use FortectIntego to fix any remaining damage and optimize the machine|
Very often browser hijackers are spread through fake download pages. Crooks create deceptive sites that convince people they are downloading one thing when it is actually not what they think. To avoid such sites, do not click on random links and ads even if they seem to be promoting legitimate products and services.
Use legitimate streaming platforms instead of illegal streaming websites because they are unregulated. They can also display fake “Download” and “Play” buttons that lead to bogus download sites. Netflix or Hulu require only a small monthly subscription fee and users are able to consume as much content as they want.
It is best to use official web stores whenever you want to add new plugins. Apps that get listed on digital marketplaces have to go through an extensive review process. However, you should still do your research – read the reviews, look at the rating, and the number of users. You should choose apps that have plenty of positive feedback and thousands of users.
Use official sources when downloading add-ons and other software
How to remove an extension?
You can remove browser add-ons by going to your settings. Find the list of extensions installed in your browser and remove the Smartbase. Follow the guide below for instructions:
How to prevent from getting browser hijacker
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