What is Splendor Search?
Splendor Search is another ad-supported program that has replaced such applications as Bronze Aid, Discovery App, High Stairs, Wander Burst, Blazer Deals, Gravity Space, and Jungle Net. Research has shown that all of its files (they can be found in the Splendor Search folder in %PROGRAMFILES% or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%) are signed by Edge Essence. We are sure that this signature belongs to some kind of company that publishes untrustworthy software. It seems that Splendor Search is not the only product it owns. This adware itself is not an extremely bad program; however, it might still act in an undesirable way, so it would be better to remove it from the system. Specialists at anti-spyware-101.com have noticed that Splendor Search is very similar to adware programs that belong to the SuperWeb family. Luckily, it means that it will be possible to erase Splendor Search via Control Panel too.
How does Splendor Search work?
Splendor Search usually affects only two browsers, i.e. Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. The main symptom that Splendor Search works on Mozilla Firefox is the presence of its extension in the Add-ons Manager. Its main file (firstname.lastname@example.org) can be located in %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\\Profiles\*.default\Extensions too. In case of Internet Explorer, we are sure that you will understand that it is affected when you start seeing ads labeled “Ads by Splendor Search”, “Brought by Splendor Search”, or “Provided by Splendor Search.” It is, probably, not surprising at all that it acts like this because it is an advertising-supported application. According to our researchers, you will probably see pop-ups, shopping offers, and other types of ads, including, but not limited to, banners, video ads, in-text ads, full-page ads, and browsing-related ads. It is also said in the End User License Agreement that “you agree that the Software may display this advertising to you” by installing it on the system.
Advertisements Splendor Search will provide you with might seem to be harmless at first glance; however, you should know that there is still a risk that untrustworthy links will be incorporated into them and you will end up on a bad web page after a single click on the commercial. Specialists say that you might even end up on the website that pretends to be an ordinary online shop. The publisher of Splendor Search takes no responsibility for users’ safety and declares in its official document available on splendorsearch.com that “your decision to use, access, interact with, or purchase any Third Party Content is made at your own risk.” What is more, it has been also found that your privacy might be at risk if you keep Splendor Search. First of all, the program will collect non-personally identifiable information (e.g. interests, demographics, websites visited, Software used, etc.) and some personal details (e.g. full name and address). This information will be “collected, stored, shared with other parties, supplemented, used and sold for business and marketing purposes.” Unfortunately, nobody knows what third parties will do with these details, which means that your privacy might be violated really quickly.
Splendor Search will not only show advertisements and track users to gather information about their activities on the web, but it will also start the moment you turn on your PC. In order to be able to do that, it adds the SplendorSearchDesktopSearch.lnk file to different categories. They slightly differ depending on the version of Windows OS:
- %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Splendor Search\Startup
- %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
- %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
- %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
- %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Where does Splendor Search come from?
This ad-supported program has an official website; however, if you visit it and look at it closer, you will notice really quickly that it is impossible to download this program from there – we could not find the Download button. The program is still rather prevalent despite the fact that it cannot be downloaded from splendorsearch.com, so we are sure that it is distributed in software bundles. You should be careful in the future too because other untrustworthy programs use this method to enter your system as well. If you do not think that you can protect your PC from harmful applications, install a security tool. You should stop downloading programs from third-party web pages and torrents as well.
How to delete Splendor Search?
You can remove Splendor Search and stop ads from appearing on your screen rather easily because this ad-supported program can be erased via Control Panel. If you have never tried doing that, use instructions which you will find below this article. Another thing that you can do to get rid of adware is to scan your system with an automatic scanner, such as SpyHunter. We suggest using an automatic tool for those users that are less experienced or simply do not have time to remove Splendor Search themselves.
Remove Splendor Search
- Click the Start button.
- Select Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the program and click Remove.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click Control Panel to open it.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Select the undesirable software.
- Click Uninstall.
- Launch RUN.
- Enter Control Panel in the box and click OK.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Select the unwanted software.
- Click Uninstall.
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