Do you know what Photor is?
Photor is a Google Chrome extension that promises to enhance users’ browsing and searching experience by setting a “fresh and stunning image” as a homepage and New Tab background every 6 hours. What users are not told in advance is that it will replace their default URLs as well. That is, users no longer see their preferred homepages and a New Tab page URLs after installing Photor, so many of them find the changes applied undesirable. If you do not like the page you see set when you launch your browser either, you must go to remove the browser extension Photor fully. There is no other way to undo the changes applied to your browser. Luckily, this piece of software is not one of those stubborn extensions which make modifications that are extremely hard to undo, so we are sure you will erase it from the list of add-ons easily with our help. In the first half of this article, we will talk about Photor in detail. Then, in the second half, we will focus on its removal.
The first thing which shows that Photor is not a fully trustworthy piece of software even though it promises to enhance browsing/searching experience is the fact that it is hosted on the same domain as other browser hijackers/untrustworthy search tools that are well-known for our experienced specialists, e.g. obifind.com, photorext.net, pro-search.me, and Socopoco.com. Second, although the web page set as your homepage and New Tab URL looks like a legitimate search provider at first glance, using it as a default tool for searching the web is not recommended either because it might present you with the modified search results. Since the majority of search results opened to users after entering the search query are pure Google search results, users fearlessly click on all the search results they see. If you carelessly use this search tool too, you might one day click on the modified search results too. This is quite a dangerous activity – you might be redirected straight to an untrustworthy page promoting suspicious software. The presence of these modified search results is one of the major reasons Photor has fallen into the category of potentially unwanted software. If you know nothing about its installation or simply do not like how it acts, go to disable it. We agree that it has several useful features, e.g. it sets a beautiful image periodically and allows opening Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and other popular pages with the click of a button; however, fully trustworthy tools with the same, and ever more advanced features are available on the market, so you should use one of these tools instead.
An active extension Photor is visible in the list of add-ons on your Google Chrome browser because you have clicked on the Add button at the Chrome Web store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/photor/jndegkabfmfeaiddoinfcmbdndcdaago?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog). On the other hand, if you are sure you have not downloaded any new program recently, it must have slithered onto your computer without your permission. Potentially unwanted applications are usually spread in software bundles with third-party applications, but they might also be promoted on P2P pages too, our specialists say. Stop downloading applications from dubious pages and install an application for ensuring the system’s maximum protection. If you do as we say, i.e. become more cautious, install a reputable tool, and periodically update it, malware could not find a way to slither onto your computer illegally ever again.
You can easily delete Photor manually from your Google Chrome browser. If you make a final decision to erase it, open the Add-ons Manager first, select it after finding it listed, and, finally, click on the Trash button next to it – our manual removal guide, which you can find below this article, will help you even more.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Tap Alt+F to open the browser's menu and click More tools.
- Select Extensions.
- Find the undesirable extension Photor and select it.
- Click on the Trash button.
- Click Remove.
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Even though Photor can be deleted rather easily in a manual way, it does not necessarily mean that your system is clean after its removal and you do not need to do anything else. Security specialists say that you might have third-party undesirable software working on your PC without your permission too. Therefore, we want to encourage you to use an automatic scanner. Perform a system scan with it after getting rid of Photor manually. You can use this tool to delete this undesirable extension as well. It would be a quicker way to get rid of it.