What is Search.getfitnow.co?
We at Anti-spyware-101.com have recently analyzed a search engine that was reported to promote shady links in its search results. Our cyber security specialists took a look at Search.getfitnow.co and concluded that it is indeed a highly unreliable and possibly malicious search engine. Therefore, we recommend that you remove it from your PC as soon as you can because there is no telling what might happen if you continue using this search engine. If you want to find out more about this shady search engine, please read this whole article.
What does Search.getfitnow.co do?
Research has shown that Search.getfitnow.co is an unreliable search engine. It is distributed via shady software bundles that install its accompanying browser extension called GetFitNow which, in turn, injects this search engine into your browser. There is a version of this extension for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox and it was designed to replace the homepage address of all three of these browsers as well as Chrome’s new tab page.
Without a doubt, Search.getfitnow.co’s developers want you to use it for searching the web. Unfortunately, this search engine cannot offer you anything that Google, Bing or any other legitimate search engine could not provide. It is clear as day that this particular search engine was created for displaying commercial advertisements in its search results. Our cyber security experts say that the promoted links come from unknown advertising servers, so a portion of those links can be of malicious nature. As a result, Search.getfitnow.co might get your PC infected with various types of malware such as spyware or ransomware. Not only that, it might promote scam websites and clone sites that steal logins passwords, and other information. Therefore, we do not recommend that use this search engine.
Where does Search.getfitnow.co come from?
Our malware analysts have found that this search engine was set up by Polarity Technologies Ltd, a company known for publishing browser hijackers that replace the browser’s homepage address without the users’ knowledge or consent. However, Search.getfitnow.co is distributed differently because the bundled software installers that GetFitNow comes with allow you to deselect its installation, while a browser hijacker does not. The bundled software installers are featured on various free software distributing sites of questionable origin. Nevertheless, researchers have also found that GetFitNow is featured on the Chrome Web Store and its dedicated website at Getfitnow.co, so this malicious search engine has no shortage of distribution methods.
How do I remove Search.getfitnow.co?
While Search.getfitnow.co is not technically a browser hijacker, it is very similar to browser hijackers developed by Polarity Technologies in the fact that it can promote shady websites in its search results. However, it is not distributed as a browser hijacker (at least for now). Nevertheless, it still poses a threat to your computer’s security and your privacy. Therefore, you should consider removing it. We invite you to make use of the guide provided below that will help you remove both the search engine and its accompanying browser extension.
Uninstall GetFitNow from Control Panel (IE only)
- Right-click the Start menu.
- Click Control Panel and go to Uninstall a program.
- Locate GetFitNow and double-click it.
- Click Uninstall.
Windows 8 and 8.1
- Open the Charm bar and Click Settings.
- Go to Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
- Locate the program and click Uninstall.
Windows 7 and Vista
- Click Start.
- Select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
- Find GetFitNow and click Uninstall.
- Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
- Go to Add or Remove Programs.
- Find the application and click Remove.
Remove GetFitNow from other web browsers
- Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
- Click Extensions and Remove the extension.
- Press Alt+T and click Options.
- Change the homepage address.
- Press Alt+F.
- Go to More tools.
- Click Extensions and remove the add-on.
- Then, press Alt+F again.
- Locate the On Startup list and click Set pages.
- Change the homepage address and click OK.
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