Prodigy Search "Virus" - Removal Instructions (Update Feb. 2020)
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Prodigy Search “Virus” – Removal Instructions

Are you trying to remove Prodigy Search from your browser? This article may be able to help you.

Prodigy Search is classified as a potentially unwanted application with browser-hijacking capabilities.

Such apps are also ad-supported, which often leads to the display of intrusive advertisements which interrupt the normal browsing experience.

There are specific outcomes of having such an application installed on your system; thus, the removal of unwanted apps such as Prodigy Search is highly advisable.

Note. There are many browser hijackers similar to this one. They all change the settings of the affected browser to appear every time the system is restarded. Some examples include SearchAdditionally, Search Pulse, and Pizgetz.

Threat Summary

NameProdigy Search
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, PUA
Short DescriptionA questionable search engine.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search engine in your default web browser are set to display Prodigy Search.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Prodigy Search – What Is It?

Because of its sudden, unexpected appearance and overall behavior, Prodigy Search is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and browser hijacker, designed to alter the settings of your default browser without your knowledge or permission. The browser hijacker will set the homepage to Prodigy Search. The PUA itself may be advertised as an app that improves the browsing experience. In truth, it will only make it worse, and may even put your browsing information at risk.

As a result of having Prodigy Search installed on your Mac, it is possible that you start experiencing intrusive pop-up ads, which are often entirely unrelated to your browsing. These ads could contain information about other questionable applications such as system optimizers, virus alerts and detected system issues, or push notifications. Your searches could also be redirected to unwanted and suspicious pages.

Always remember that unwanted apps such as Prodigy Search are often exposing you to data collection practices, where third parties are obtaining details about your:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

NOTE. To avoid the installation of unwanted software and adware, you should play close attention during the installation of freeware apps. Freeware you recently downloaded from software download pages could have been bundled with Prodigy Search. Third-party developers may support shady practices for monetization purposes, and may offer you to change your homepage or search provider. You can decline any of these additional offers only if you are careful enough to spot them during installation. In other words, paying attention to the installation setups of freeware could spare you from having to deal with this browser hijacker.

To eliminate any associated risks, we recommend that you remove thoroughly Prodigy Search from your browsers and operating system. The next paragraph provides instructions on how to complete the removal process.

Prodigy Search – Removal

In order to remove Prodigy Search and the associated unwanted program, along with all its associated files, you should complete several removal steps. The instructions underneath this article provide both manual and automatic removal methods. In order to fully get rid of the files installed by PUAs, we recommend that you combine the steps.

However, note that the manual removal may be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

Milena Dimitrova

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum since the beginning. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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