A new unwanted software, named Search Manager has been reported to heavily modify the settings on the web browsers that have been affected by it. The suspicious software may perform series of unwanted activities on your computer once it affects it, beginning with displaying ads, running processes in the background and cramping up the web browser with active extensions which increase it’s active processes and CPU utilization. If you have Search Manager on your computer, recommendations are to focus on removing it completely, preferably by reading the information in this article.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Aims to display various different advertisements that lead to suspicious third-party websites. Hijacks your browser and changes it’s search engine and home page.|
|Symptoms||Different ads may be displayed. Changed home page and new tab pages to a web page, supported by Search Manager.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search Manager |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Search Manager.|
Search Manager – How Did I Get It
The main method which may be used by Search Manager to slither itself onto your computer is via bundled installers. Such installers may belong to various programs which you search for to download online. Those programs are usually freeware, like your favorite media player, torrent downloading software and other programs as well. Since the Search Manager software aims to be as undetected as possible it may be included in one of the installation steps of the setup wizard “as a free extra” helper that pretends to improve your search results. In reality however, the software may do more harm than good. In addition to this, it’s installer prompt may be concealed within the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation modes in your system setups. Here is one example of how Search Manager may be advertised during the installation process of a downloaded freeware:
Search Manager – More Information
Once Search Manager is installed on your computer, the software immediately add itself as a web browser extension and as a program directly installed on your computer. From there, it may significantly change your web browser’s settings by adding it’s own page as a home page and a new tab page, pretending to improve your online browsing experience. While this may be true to some extent, the Search Manager app may also perform series of unwanted activities, such as abuse the permissions which it asks when it prompts to be added on it’s official web page:
In addition to this, multiple different cookies may be used on you web browser that aim to perform various different activities, such as track your:
- Online search history.
- Online browsing history.
- Online clicks.
Here are some of the cookies which are used on the official site, according to Google Chrome:
In addition to this, the Search Manager app may also collect different types of information from your computer and this does include personal information being collected as well. The company is very specific as to what it may do with the data in the event of a sale, merger or acquisition, in other words it may share it:
The main purpose of Search Manager is not to collect your data, despite it may do it. The software’s creators may aim at displaying various different types of advertisements during your web browsing process. Those ads may come targeting you with content, such as:
- Banners, displaying fake problems with your computer have been detected.
- Browser redirects, that may lead you to third-party websites, like porn sites or other suspicious sites.
- Fake Tech Support websites, that may display various fake error messages which may scam you into calling a fake tech support number.
Malicious redirects which may infect your computer with viruses.
The advertised content displayed on the websites searched by the user may come in various forms, such as:
- Pop-up ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
- Browser redirects.
Since this software may lead to a variety of third-party websites and may collect your important information, like name, address, passwords, etc. experts strongly recommend its removal.
Remove Search Manager from Google Chrome and Your PC
In order to fully remove this unwanted program from your computer system, we advise you to follow the removal instructions down below. They are specifically created in order to help you to delete this virus either manually or automatically. Be advised that if you lack the experience in removing intrusive programs, such as Search Manager manually and if the app keeps reappearing on your web browser after deletion, to follow the automatic removal instructions below. Security experts also strongly advise to use an advanced anti-malware software, which aims to help you by automatically scanning for and removing all unwanted files and objects placed on your computer by Search Manager and protect your PC against future infections as well.