What is Sports Search and how do I remove it?

Sports Search


Learn what Sports Search is and how to remove the extension, PUPs, viruses, malware, adware, and other threats from your browser and computer.

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Description and Permissions


Sports Search

Sports Search allows you to quickly search your favorite sports websites

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Display notifications
  • Change your search settings to: srchbar.com
  • Read and change your bookmarks
  • Manage your downloads
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

What is Sports Search?


Sports Search is recognized as a malicious internet browser extension that is compatible with Google Chrome and other web browsers. When the Sports Search extension is installed it will track your browsing habits, manage what you download, display notifications, and make modifications to your existing browser settings. Sports Search will replace your homepage and default search engine with https://srchbar.com/. When you perform a search in your web browser you will be directed to srchbar.com and then to search.yahoo.com.

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A security issues with the Sports Search extension is that it is advertised on websites that also advertise and host malware, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, and spyware. This means that if you have come across advertisements promoting Sports Search, or found the extension installed without your knowledge, it is likely that your computer is infected with other threats that should be eradicated with right away.

How is Sports Search distributed?


The Sports Search extension is usually distributed like most common unwanted programs and browser attachments are. The extension is bolstered by advertisements that can be deceptive. It might be advertised as something it is not in order to trick victims into installing it and other potentially unwanted programs and malware.

The extension is often offered as a custom or advanced installation by third-party download managers for freeware programs. The download managers may give the user a chance to accept or decline the offer to install this extension and others. If the user does not opt out the program will install in the background. The way that the custom installation is presented may also be inadequate and designed to trick the user into installing programs they did not mean to install. It’s advised to be alert when installing free programs from the internet and keep an eye out for custom installation presentations to avoid any confusion and security risks.

How to remove Sports Search


STEP 1: Remove malware from your computer


1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software to scan your computer and remove malicious files and potentially unwanted programs.

2. To install the program, click the file you just downloaded. It can usually be located in the Download folder.

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3. A window that says “Welcome to the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard” will appear. Click Agree and Install to begin the installation. Once complete, click Finish.

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4. Now the Malwarebytes is installed, open the program and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

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5. When the scan is complete click the Quarantine Selected button.

6. If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.

7. Next, Download HitmanPro to perform a second-opinion scan and remove any remaining malicious trace files.

8. Once installed, open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

9. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

10. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

11. Click the Reboot button.

Your computer should now be completely free of Sports Search Extension and other malicious files; However, you can still use the manual repair and uninstall instructions below if your browser settings have not been repaired or if you think an unwanted program is still installed on your machine.

STEP 2: Remove Sports Search extension


Chrome

1. Open the Customize and control Google Chrome menu and go to More tools > Extensions.

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2. Find the Sports Search extension in the list and click the Remove button to remove it.

Firefox

Internet Explorer

Safari

STEP 3: Uninstall unwanted programs


If you are infected with adware and other unwanted programs you might be able to uninstall unwanted programs from your computer. Use these instructions to uninstall unwanted programs that may have installed on your machine. If you do not find a program installed on your machine make sure to scan your computer for malware using the instructions above.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an experienced tech author with experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, and more. He has written for numerous online publications.