Search Awesome

What is Search Awesome?

Search Awesome is classified as an advertising-supported program because it can display advertisements whenever you are browsing the web. According to Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, this adware is a clone of such well-known programs as Wajam and Social2Search. The creator of this strange, suspicious piece of software is Iron Mountain Technology, and this company has set up searchawesome.net to introduce us to it. Surprisingly, this site does not offer an installer, which is very strange. How is this adware spread? If it does not have an official installer, it might be spread via third-party installers, in which case, other threats might have been downloaded along with adware. This report shows how to remove Search Awesome, and it is important that you read it, but, first, you should scan your operating system – we advise using a legitimate malware scanner – to check if other infections are active. If more serious threats are found, you might have to focus on deleting them first.testtesttest

How does Search Awesome work?

According to the information offered at searchawesome.com, Search Awesome is a social search engine that allegedly can show the content that was shared by your friends. In order for the tool to work, you are meant to invite your friends to use the search tool and share content. Considering that this service is quite unique, there is no doubt that some users would be intrigued by it. Have you downloaded this ad-supported program expecting it to offer you great services too? If you have, you probably have realized by now that it does not actually work that great. That aside, Search Awesome is not a reliable program, and you could jeopardize your own virtual security by trusting it. Although the official site informs that your privacy is protected while using this tool and that your own browsing history is never tracked, that is not how things work, and you can learn all about it via the Privacy Policy at searchawesome.net/privacy. According to this document, the tool can collect publicly available information you share on social networks, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Furthermore, it is stated that browsing data is recorded as well. Needless to say, the information is very contradictory, and that makes the tool very unpredictable. That is a good enough reason to delete it.

According to our research, Search Awesome can redirect all your searches via searchpage.com to a Yahoo search engine if you live in the United States. Besides that, it will also inject ads. If you live outside the US, you will not be redirected, but ads will be shown along with regular search results. Unfortunately, advertisements could be represented by unreliable parties, which is why it is believed that the search service linked to Search Awesome is unreliable. All of this is pretty strange. What’s even stranger is how the ad-supported program tries to camouflage itself. For one, the folders containing its elements have completely random names. The registry entries might have randomized names (e.g., SrcAAAesom Browser Enhancer) too. This suggests that the program is trying to evade removal. It was also found that the suspicious adware can change its digital signature and the website every day. At the time of research, the website linked to the program’s components was chaumonttechnology.com, and the signature was representing technologiesommery.com. There is absolutely no doubt that the infection is trying to conceal itself, and that is a big red flag.

How to remove Search Awesome

Since Search Awesome is likely to spread via malware bundles, you might be dealing with several unwanted pieces of software at the same time. If that is the case, you might want to consider using anti-malware software that can automatically detect and erase malicious components. For those who are interested in manual removal, we have added instructions showing how to uninstall the unwanted program. According to the information represented via the official site, you might also need to delete Search Awesome as a Chrome extension. While our research team did not find this extension, we did add a guide that shows how to delete unwanted add-ons, just in case. Should you want to discuss the ad-supported program further, we are ready to answer all questions via the comments section.

Removal Instructions

Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista:

  1. Simultaneously tap keys Win+R to launch RUN.
  2. Enter Control Panel and click OK.
  3. Navigate to Programs and then click Uninstall a program.
  4. Right-click the undesirable application and then choose Uninstall.

Windows XP:

  1. Click the Start menu icon on the left of the Taskbar.
  2. Open the Control Panel menu.
  3. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Click the undesirable program once and then choose Remove.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Google Chrome and then tap keys Alt+F.
  2. Move to More tools and then choose Extensions.
  3. Identify the unwanted add-on and click the recycle bin.
  4. Select Remove and then restart the browser. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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Stop these Search Awesome Processes:

88a1dd6567b7ede010c5b895465e4a0a.exe
38b405eab9bdaabd8e9652a8506a80e2.exe
1e9c86ef8185b08ea60806f864083f90.exe

Remove these Search Awesome Files:

WBE_uninstall.dat
service.dat
1e9c86ef8185b08ea60806f864083f90.exe
88a1dd6567b7ede010c5b895465e4a0a.exe
service_64.dat
38b405eab9bdaabd8e9652a8506a80e2.exe
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