Shield Safe Search is a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program developed by Tightrope Interactive. Search Safe Search is promoted as a leading browser security tool. It is typically bundled with a range of free software products under the ‘advanced’ option. Thus, going for the advanced/ custom installer is the only way to uncheck Shield Safe Search and avoid its silent download. However, programs like Shield Safe Search may also be promoted as useful tools on legitimate pages.
Should I Be Concerned with the Products Developed by Tightrope Interactive?
Tightrope Interactive is a legitimate company situated in San Francisco, California. This is the company’s statement about the installer technologies they have been developing:
“Our proprietary white-label platform monetizes product downloads by serving advertisements and sponsored product offers to users during the installation process… All offers are opt-in.”
In other words, Tightrope Interactive is open about their bundle policy and informs users that certain applications are packed with their products. However, their openness does not necessarily mean that the users’ online privacy will not be affected.
How does Shield Safe Search work?
Once installed voluntarily or through a packed download, Shield Safe Search may change the default page and search provider. To do that, the application alters the browser’s settings. To serve sponsored results and advertisements, tracking cookies are added to the browser. Tracking cookies a.k.a. session cookies harvest PII (personally identifiable information) concerning:
- The user’s online habits (browsing histories, search entries).
- The user’s website credentials (passwords, usernames).
- The user’s IP address (physical location).
Should I Remove Shield Safe Search from the Browser?
Shield Safe Search may be advertised as a user-friendly tool that protects the browser and improves the browsing experience. However, the disadvantages and potential risks caused by the application outweigh any given promises and useful features. That is why the user should consider removing Shield Safe Search as soon as possible. Also, keep in mind that sponsored search results and advertisements may redirect users to suspicious websites.
To rid their systems of the browser hijackers, affected users should consider running a full system scan via a valid AV tool. Anti-malware programs will continue to guard the system.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter