Burst Search

What is Burst Search?

Burst Search might not seem like much, but it tries to present itself as a useful addition to your browser. Our research team, however, says that this app is a potentially unwanted program. As such, it might enter your browser accidentally, and it may exhibit a variety of undesirable behavioral patterns. In some cases, users might think that Burst Search is a browser hijacker, but that is really not the case. It is easy to remove Burst Search from your browser, and for that, you just need to follow the instructions that you will find right below this article.test

Where does Burst Search come from?

It is very likely that Burst Search comes from the same batch of browser extensions as Storm Search, PDFConvertersSearch, Mazy Search, and many other apps that we have discussed previously. They seem to be popping up out of nowhere, and most of them are compatible solely with the Chrome browser. It isn’t too surprising, however, seeing how Chrome has over 65% of the current browser market share. Thus, it is only natural to aim for the browser that has the biggest number of users.

As mentioned, Burst Search is a potentially unwanted program and not a browser hijacker. It means that users download and add the extension to their browsers willingly. In some cases, they might not even notice this happens, especially if it comes not from the official sources (like the Chrome Web Store). Things like Burst Search can be easily added via pop-ups and redirects. For instance, if you visit a website that supports third-party advertising, you could encounter notifications that require you to add this extension to your browser; otherwise, you cannot close the new pop-up window.

Of course, you can always close the window in question by using the Alt+F4 command, but users often panic or do not think ahead, and they click the “Add to Chrome” button to simply be done with ASAP. That’s how Burst Search and other similar extensions manage to slither into the target systems in broad daylight.

What does Burst Search do?

If you do not notice how you add Burst Search to your browser, you might think that you got infected with a browser hijacker. That’s because, upon the installation, you virtually give permission to change your search settings to find.burstsearch.com. So, this extension modifies your default search engine, and it might look like it can provide you with an original search engine, but that’s not the case. All of your search queries will get redirected to Yahoo! Search. So, Burst Search works more like a medium between you and a reputable search provider, which is rather redundant. You can always access the search engine you want directly, so why use an extension for that?

What’s more, even though it is not included in the permissions, it is very likely that Burst Search collects information your web browsing patterns whenever you use its search engine. With all the collected information, the extension can, later on, promote custom commercial content targeted specifically at you. While there is nothing malicious about such tactics, Burst Search and other similar applications cannot guarantee that the content they promote is 100% safe. After all, almost anyone can embed their content and outgoing links in those ads.

That’s probably the main security concern associated with Burst Search. There is always a chance that you could find yourself on some suspicious website, so it would be best to get rid of this app. Also, if you didn’t plan to have Burst Search, it’s more than obvious that you have to remove it.

How do I remove Burst Search?

You can delete Burst Search via the Chrome’s extension menu. If that doesn’t revert your search settings to default, you can reset your browser. Seeing how it is common for unwanted applications to travel in groups, you might want to reset your browser to default in general. Also, it would be a good idea to scan your system with a security tool of your choice. You might find more unwanted applications that you should remove for good. All in all, please take various precaution measures to avoid unwanted applications and other types of software that could harm your system.

Manual Burst Search Removal

  1. Open your Chrome browser.
  2. Press Alt + F and select Settings.
  3. Click Restore settings to their original defaults at the bottom.
  4. Scroll down and press Reset settings. 100% FREE spyware scan and
    tested removal of Burst Search*

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