Do you know what SearchFunctions is?
It might really seem that SearchFunctions is beneficial software because it promises to make it extremely simple to use the Searchfunctions.com search engine and thus improve the users’ web searching experience; however, it is not what it seems to be, research conducted by our experienced specialists has shown. It has turned out that it is far from beneficial software, and, on top of that, it has several other drawbacks that make it undesirable software. Therefore, if you have already installed it on your computer, or it has appeared on it out of the blue without your knowledge, you should delete the SearchFunctions extension mercilessly even if you have found it quite useful. This piece of software is not something malicious. Since it is not a harmful malicious application, specialists have categorized it as a potentially unwanted program. These programs might act in an undesirable way, but they are not harmful threats. Of course, it does not mean that users should keep potentially unwanted software installed on their PCs, especially if they know nothing about its entrance. The last paragraph of this report will explain to you in detail how to delete SearchFunctions.
If the Google Chrome browser extension SearchFunctions ever affects your web browser, you will find its settings altered. This piece of software changes default search tools, homepages, and New Tab URLs on users’ web browsers. As a consequence, users no longer see their preferred pages when they launch their Google Chrome browsers. Without a doubt, this is the main reason why so many users decide to erase SearchFunctions. The page this browser extension sets does not differ much from ordinary search providers at first glance, but, believe us, it differs from legitimate search tools to a great extent, so you should not perform web searches with it. Its main drawback is that it might provide users with third-party links. It does not try to hide this: “Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website.” We cannot promise that you will be provided only with trustworthy links. There is a possibility that some of these links drive traffic to dubious websites, so it might not be safe to search the web with the search tool promoted by SearchFunctions. It will disappear from the place of the default search tool, homepage, and New Tab URL only when you completely remove this browser extension, so the sooner you do that, the better. Once you remove the undesirable page from your web browser, you could set new URLs you like.
There are two possible reasons why SearchFunctions is installed on your computer. First, you have installed it consciously from the official Chrome Web Store https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/searchfunctions/mijdkdpmeeimcoappnkhahponnallcbk?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon. Second, it has been installed on your PC without your permission. Specialists say that potentially unwanted applications usually travel bundled together with other applications, usually free software. Most probably, it is just one of several distribution methods that might be used to promote potentially unwanted software, so you should not leave your system unprotected even though these applications are not considered harmful malware and should not cause serious problems. You just need to do one thing – install security software on your computer. If it gets updates periodically and you keep it active, new untrustworthy applications could not show up on your computer again.
Luckily, the SearchFunctions removal will be quick and easy because this piece of software affects Google Chrome only, and it can be erased through the add-ons manager. We have also prepared the manual removal guide for those users who are less experienced – feel free to use it. Alternatively, you can remove all undesirable applications with an antimalware scanner. Most likely, you do not have one installed if the SearchFunctions browser extension, which is considered potentially unwanted software, has managed to enter your system.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Press Alt+F.
- Click More tools and open Extensions.
- Select SearchFunctions.
- Click the Trash button.
In non-techie terms:
Suspicious software often claims that it is extremely beneficial in order to convince users to install it on their PCs. SearchFunctions is no exception. It is advertised as beneficial software, but it is nothing near it, so it should be deleted right away if you have already found it installed on your computer. It only changes settings of users’ Google Chrome browsers. That is, it sets a page with a search box. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm that it is safe to perform searches using it, so eliminate it mercilessly. You will do this by getting rid of SearchFunctions completely.