SuperVideoSearch browser hijacker Removal Guide
What is SuperVideoSearch browser hijacker?
SuperVideoSearch browser extension: reasons to avoid
Browser hijackers change your homepage once installed
Browser extensions as now an integral part of most users, regardless of whether they use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or Safari. These lightweight additions can be extremely useful: they can let users convert files easily, provide traffic information, or even block malicious ads, protecting user privacy and online security.
Unfortunately, not all extensions are useful. The fact that they are very easy to make prompted thousands of them to be released every day, and some developers don't really care about the user experience on even safety in some cases. These add-ons are commonly known as browser hijackers, and SuperVideoSearch belongs to that category. It is not malicious, although its distribution, functionality, and usefulness are questionable, to say the least. Here are a few aspects that are worth knowing about this browser add-on.
|Distribution||Third-party websites, software bundles, deceptive ads|
|Functionality||Sets supervideosearch.com as startpage/homepage/new tab address; inserts ads in search results, tracks certain browsing-related data|
|Uninstall||Access web browser settings and eliminate the extension|
|Browser fix||After getting rid of potentially unwanted programs, don't forget to clean your browsers accordingly – you can do it quickly and efficiently with FortectIntego|
The extension is distributed via a third-party website, which means that it might be installed on your system without your permission. This mainly happens to users who are not really careful with their browsing and click on any kind of advertisement displayed online.
Browser hijackers also use misleading ads to fool unsuspecting users into installing them. On such web pages, there is no information displayed about the status of the extension, so users might believe that it's a genuine download. After all, its developers do provide a detailed description on the official website, and it seems as if they are very professional.
Sadly, this whole setup is nothing more than an elaborate trick to deceive naive users into installing the app. If you want to prevent such software from being installed, you should keep your eyes open during the installation of freeware and while viewing ads during your web browser sessions – do not install an app if it is offered in an aggressive manner or if it automatically downloads after you click a random link online by accident.
Browser changes and unwanted ads
Initially, SuperVideoSearch was presented as a useful browser extension that provides “improved search results.” However, these “improved results” are nothing more but ads that insert all over the browser once the app is installed.
One of the main reasons this add-on might be very annoying is that it might act in a way that you don't really like. For example, the extension mainly operates on search results pages of popular search engines.
It doesn't display any results on its own (it pulls them from Yahoo or another legitimate provider). Yet, it does replace the original search engine page by displaying a similar web page and modifying your default search provider to this new site. This is very annoying if you don't want to use the SuperVideoSearch extension all the time, yet there are no other options left.
Based on the name of the application, it might seem like it is a useful tool to search and watch videos online. However, apart from the basic search function, it does not provide any additional links to video streaming websites. In other words, the app developers try to make the extension appear useful, but it is only a mere trick.
Another suspicious aspect of the app is that it is a mere copy of previously-released browser extensions by the same developer – all of them have the same features and functions (calculator, PDF converter, etc.) – these are good examples of a copy-paste nature of the app:
If you want to avoid unwanted ads at the top of search results and other unwanted aspects of the app, you should simply uninstall the extension once and for all. There should be no issues when trying to do so, although if you do have some doubts on how to do this, follow these steps on 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.
Keep in mind that browser cookies and other data need to be deleted as well. You can do this manually as well, although we strongly recommend you employ FortectIntego maintenance and repair tool that can do that for you in just a few minutes. This way, you can ensure that your privacy and security are at the highest level. Here's how to do this manually:
- 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.
Finally, you also have an option to reset the web browser if none of the above steps helped you to get rid of the unwanted web browser changes.
Potential privacy issues
It is not a secret that Google had to remove dozens of malicious apps that managed to bypass security scanners. For example, in the most recent case, the tech giant found that nine popular apps were stealing users' Facebook login credentials, making them especially malicious.
Non-Personal Information may be automatically transmitted by the user's device. When using our Service, we assign your device with a log file, a cookie (session or persistent), web beacons or other related technologies, to collect Non-Personal Information with respect to your activity in connection with our Service.
Further reading reveals that even personal information, if provided can be collected by the developer. All the collected data might be shared with service providers and other third parties. Thus, if you want to keep your data private, we strongly recommend you uninstall the SuperVideoSearch hijacker swiftly.
Note that there could be other potentially unwanted programs or browser hijackers present on your device – this is especially true if the ads do not go away. Therefore, we strongly recommend you perform a full scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or a similar reputable security application to ensure that your PC is not infected with something nefarious.
Keep in mind that some apps might be installed on your Windows computer without permission. In order to check that, follow these steps:
- Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
- Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
- From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
- Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
- If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
- Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.
If you are using macOS, proceed with the following:
- From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
- In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
- Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)
- Select Go > Go to Folder.
- Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
- In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
- Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.
How to prevent from getting browser hijacker
Do not let government spy on you
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You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.
Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.
Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack
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