Ski Search virus
Ski Search (Ski Search virus) is detected as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware by Antivirus and Anti-Malware products. The adware is known to download and install alongside third-party objects and malicious threats. Users infected with this adware will become bombarded with ads by Ski Search while browsing the the internet. Ski Search adware and programs that it bundles have access to user browsing data, including all browsing activities, bookmarks, and browser history. This adware and programs that it bundles with will utilize user browsing data to deliver targeted advertisements it feels users are susceptible to click on. The adware will also use content on currently viewed webpages to produce ads.
Ski Search adware schedules additional tasks on Windows Task Scheduler and makes changes to Windows Start-up settings. The settings it changes will allow the adware to run every time Windows starts. Other tasks will check to see if the adware is running, and if not, will enable the program to autoatmically run. It may also create new tasks that update the adware and allow additional programs permission to download and install in the background.
Ski Search is not technically defined as a computer virus, but the program is still a threat or the sign of a serious computer infection. Potential Ski Search malware is known to download and install alongside third-party malware, malicious files, and additional potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including Browse Pax. This means that it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions to stop all unwanted activities. Apart from manually eradicating the program and others that it bundles with, files may remain undetected to the average computer user. That is why it is recommended to use a reputable anti-malware product to remove Ski Search and malicious files that it installs alongside with.
The Ski Search extension and browser attachments that it may bundle with have ‘permissions’ set allowing them to perform tasks users may find undesirable. These permissions are listed below.
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- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
- Read and change your browsing history.
- Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
- Manage your downloads.
The Ski Search program is usually contracted without user consent or knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, and more.
Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install Ski Search adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.
In some cases, Ski Search and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.
How to remove Ski Search (Removal Guide)
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- Step 1: Remove unwanted add-ons and extensions
- Step 2: Uninstall Ski Search
- Step 3: Remove Ski Search malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner by Piriform
- For Tech Support Call: 1-888-879-0084
Step 1: Remove Ski Search add-ons and extensions
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.
Step 2: Uninstall Ski Search
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.
3. Search for Ski Search and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.
Step 3: Remove Ski Search malware with Malwarebytes
1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.
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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.
3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.
Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.
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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.