What is Show Fanatic?
Show Fanatic is a new browser extension that may show up in your Google Chrome browser after you install a free program. In fact, it is quite likely that the free program is bundled with a number of malware threats as well, which could seriously increase the vulnerability of your virtual world. Our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com have categorized this tool as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it does not mean direct threat to your computer and cannot be called a malware infection. But you should not be misled by this and think that it is all fine to leave this extension in your browser. As a matter of fact, the longer you keep it on board, the more opportunity this PUP has to expose you to questionable third-party content through the search results of its promoted search engine page that shows up as your home page and new tab as well. Since it may not be sufficient for you to only remove Show Fanatic from your system, we suggest that you read our full report to learn more about this PUP and its possible companions.
Where does Show Fanatic come from?
Potentially unreliable browser extensions usually have their own promotional pages or just a Chrome web store page; but, you can generally download them from official sources. The first red flag comes up regarding this PUP when you visit its webpage at show-fanatic.com. Unfortunately, you will be surprised to see a “Not Found” message only in its place. However, our malware specialists did find out that you can get redirected to this same URL address with some extra characters: “show-fanatic.com/dalton/daltonB/n/zz/K949ecbRh59CP1tBCTWrNkjy6cYYvS_ahsGMKuiF9Lf_FzewxUoraDLJR2sGGKMv_LX9U77T4qLcNR9_seM2_MgIjJuGddep0vmejJlE1aCDxRmOb5Vq3IgY%202LjdEDRRb5%20jgslwhOdnixVYOcsUIWLB9OIHcQntGPRyhvFPaNLGLTBUHyl9WaE2TFWPzCicXHt0XU4eZkChLMu2so9GJtB%20%20kFB7Dy7p0reUvusmwU2OkGrQqhPBWKWRC936aBjLcF4XaIVEKUoK9PdD9OaumJiUPpUPGGQQaZvVSOXeRHBdmNLEP3wJqyWPJzsSQKqfqyzhwXpFdbHqKXxDlaEeVz2HGBptN_Tl_WSOtmhz0=?cid=mem_aj_win_1lp_14876340363051fz48YkEEWA”.
It is possible that you are presented with an unreliable third-party pop-up advertisement while visiting a suspicious file-sharing, gaming, or gambling website, or your system is infected with ad-supported programs that can show you such an ad. Clicking on this pop-up could take you to this URL and you might find it a good idea to install this PUP right away if it manages to convince you about its usefulness. Of course, we would rather advise you to delete Show Fanatic right away if you have it on board somehow.
Another official source, as we have mentioned, is the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/show-fanatic/ndbgkcnnbhekjhpfdegbobklpeeocfjb). You should know that finding an extension in this store is not a guarantee that it is actually useful or reliable. This tool could be blocked as soon as Google realizes that it is not what it claims to be. Nevertheless, the biggest problem is that this PUP is also spreading via free software bundles, which could mean that you have infected your system with not only this useless and potentially unreliable tool but also with a bunch of malware threats. If this could be your case, we suggest that you delete Show Fanatic and then, quickly find an online malware scanner you can trust, and run a deep system scan.
How does Show Fanatic work?
After installing this PUP, you get prompted to configure the background color or image. You can simply click on the “Later” button if you would like to skip this step. This extension displays a red popcorn bucket icon in the top-right corner of your browser window. Whenever you click this icon, a new tab page opens. This PUP also sets its promoted search engine page (flmman.com) as your home page and new tab page. You can find the current time and date as well as local weather forecast information in the top-right corner of this page. This browser extension offers you a choice of several search engines to select from, including movie and TV-related ones (Yahoo, Bing, Google, IMDb, YouTube, and tv.com). You can make your choice by using the drop-down menu placed on the left of the search field.
We do not advise you to use this search engine, though, because this PUP might modify the search results. Why would it do that? Well, for the simple reason of making money through promoting affiliates in this way, i.e., through the search results. So do not get confused by finding yourself on a Google or Yahoo search page because the results might contain unreliable third-party ads and corrupt links leading malicious websites. If you were to click on unsafe content, you could drop malware infections onto your computer or get exposed to online scams on fake and malicious websites by way of redirection. This is why we think that you should remove Show Fanatic should you find it in your browser.
How can I remove Show Fanatic?
Luckily, it will not take you even a minute to delete this useless PUP from your computer since it only infects your Google Chrome browser. Therefore, you can simply use the menu and remove the extension named “Show Fanatic”; that is all there is to it. We have prepared instructions for you if you would like to take matters into your own hands. Nonetheless, it is possible that you would not prove to be that efficient against the more dangerous malware threats that could be lurking on your system unless you are an advanced user. Thus, we advise you to employ a professional malware remover program. A decent security tool like SpyHunter can automatically provide your PC the best protection possible.
Remove Show Fanatic from your browser
- Tap Alt+F and select More tools.
- Choose Extensions.
- Find the “Show Fanatic” extension and click on the trash can icon on its right.
- In the confirmation window, press Remove.
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