Do you know what Any Search Manager is?
If you have downloaded the Any Search Manager extension for Google Chrome, the default search provider of this browser is not hijacked, and all searches are moved via search.anysearchmanager.com. Although that is how the extension is meant to work – the official installer informs that the search provider would be modified – that does not mean that you should trust it. In fact, our research team at Anti-Spyware-101.com suggests deleting Any Search Manager and search.anysearchmanager.com without further delay. Since you are reading this report, most likely, you already have decided that you want to remove it, and you might be looking for a guide to help out. You can find it below; however, it is recommended that you read the report beforehand to gain more knowledge.
Pop-ups and advertisements could be employed to promote Any Search Manager, and if you face such pop-ups and ads, the first thing you should do is scan your operating system for adware. In some cases, Google Chrome users dealing with this browser hijacker do not know where it came from at all, but an explanation should exist. Maybe you remember downloading something else? Malicious installers are often set up to distribute bundles, using which less desirable programs piggyback on those that are or appear to be more attractive. Of course, some will download Any Search Manager from the Chrome web store (extension ID is “hcjnfgjcjnbmokpmhkefkmkcdhchhime”). The installer on the official download page, anysearchmanager.com, represents the Chrome web store installer too. This proves that not all extensions and plugins promoted via this source can be trusted and that you always need to be cautious. If you are not, you might end up having to remove malicious and unwanted programs.Any Search Manager screenshot
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Any Search Manager was created by the creator of the SafeFinder hijacker, and so it is not surprising that it is just as suspicious. According to the information on the Chrome web store, the extension redirects to offer better results. The problem is that the infection does not work in a reliable manner whatsoever. Instead of delivering results you can trust, it redirects to Google Search, where the results shown are modified to include sponsored content. According to our research, the hijacker could work via the homepage as well; however, the current sample of the threat does not corrupt the homepage. In any case, you cannot trust it because the results shown by it can be very unreliable. It is hard to say who the developer of Any Search Manager works with, but because there is a possibility that it supports schemers, unreliable advertisers, and other questionable parties, we suggest deleting it.
As you can see, removing Any Search Manager is not difficult at all. Once you eliminate the add-on from the Extensions menu, the hijacker is disabled as well, and the previously used default search provider should be restored. If that does not happen, you might have to modify the search provider settings via the Settings menu. Although it should not be difficult to delete Any Search Manager from the browser manually, we recommend installing an anti-malware program too. If you do, it will automatically erase the hijacker, as well as all other active threats. If you do not know if you need to worry about other active threats at all, install a trusted malware scanner to inspect the system. Most important, the right anti-malware program will keep you safe in the future.
Delete Any Search Manager from Google Chrome
- Open the browser and tap keys Alt+F to open the Chrome menu.
- Click More tools and then Extensions to access the list of installed add-ons.
- Identify the undesirable extension and then click the trash bin on its right.
- Select Remove and then restart the browser.
In non-techie terms:
Any Search Manager might seem like a harmless, even helpful extension, but our research team warns that it is a browser hijacker in disguise. As soon as you install it, the default search provider is replaced with search.anysearchmanager.com. This is the first reason you should remove Any Search Manager. Once the browser is hijacked, the infection can manipulate the search results you are shown via Google Search. Unfortunately, interacting with these results could be risky. You need to delete the hijacker, and the sooner you do it, the better. Luckily, you do not need to remove search.anysearchmanager.com separately because it is enough to get rid of the extension. Of course, if other threats exist, installing anti-malware software that can erase malware automatically is the right move.