OK Search is a browser-redirecting software that “steals” the homepage, toolbar, and search engine of the user’s browser and forces them to reroute the user’s traffic. OK Search also monitors your online history to determine your interests and customize its ads accordingly.
In other words, this piece of potentially unwanted software is a tool for online promotion of different types of content, sites, products, services, and more. Its main goal is to generate as much profit as possible through implementing the infamous Pay-Per-View and Pay-Per-Click methods. This app isn’t intended to damage your computer so there’s no need to get panicked at the sight of the unwanted changes that it has made inside your Firefox, Chrome, Edge, or another browser.
Keeping OKSearch on your computer for long periods of time is not recommended because it doesn’t give you any control over the frequency and content behind its ads. You may end up getting OKSearch advertising messages that are linked to less-than-reliable web locations without your permission.
Needless to say, this could potentially get you exposed to more serious software threats which is why it is always better to simply rid your computer of such browser hijackers before as soon as you realize that they have been added to your browser.
How dangerous could OK Search really be?
The answer to this question entirely depends on what content this app advertises within your browser. If the ads it shows are legit and the sites it tries to redirect you to are not harmful, then this app would be little more than a mere annoyance inside your browser. However, there is no guarantee that you will always get legitimate offers that won’t be linked to unsafe content or that all the sites OK Search reroutes you to would be legitimate. Unfortunately, this means that the very presence of this software on your machine increases the chance of landing some dangerous malware threat such as a Trojan Horse. If such a malicious program enters your computer, it could take over the whole system, corrupt your data, and even download additional threats such as Spyware or Ransomware. In other words, though OK Search is not damaging in itself, it can indirectly cause lots of security problems. Obviously, the proper solution here would be to make sure that this undesirable app gets uninstalled as soon as possible.
Dealing with OK Search
The instructions from down below will allow you to promptly remove this hijacker and make sure it no longer has control over your browser. However, it is also important to remember to keep similar apps (Me.fo, Syndication.exosrv.com) away from your system in the days to come. Obviously, staying away from sketchy web content, spam emails, clickbait ads, and questionable file-sharing sites is important in order to keep your PC safe and clean. However, something lots of users forget about is to check the settings of the setup wizards of programs that they are about to install. Oftentimes, even legitimate software would have some unwanted element such as a browser hijacker added to its installer that gets installed by default alongside the main program. You could, however, prevent this from happening by simply unchecking the added component from within the setup settings before you launch the installation. Do this every time from now on with bonus features in installers that you don’t think are needed or wanted and you will greatly decrease the chances of getting another hijacker in the future.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Users who have hijackers inside their browsers complain from constant page-redirects that occur automatically, aggressive ads in every browser tab, and changes in important browser elements such as the toolbar or homepage.|
|Distribution Method||The main method used to spread these undesirable apps is the use of third-party apps that carry the hijacker as a “bonus” feature.|
Remove OK Search
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.