Search Select is an adware or also called potentially unwanted program (PUP). It gets installed as extension to Google Chrome and most of the time will try to inject advertisements on the context of the browser. Most people think that Search Select ads are part of the web site they visited so they then to click on it more often. Without their knowledge, ads by Search Select may be malicious and can point the browser to suspicious web pages.
Authors behind Search Select designed the program as profit generating browser extension or add-on. It will display pop-up ads, banner ads, and browser redirect modules. The company behind Search Select claims that they have to maximize advertising revenue in order to make this tool free to use.
About Search Select (from search-select.co)
Search Select is the simplest way to switch between your favorite search engines, right from the address bar and new tab page. Simply add Search Select to your Chrome browser, and switch with ease between the top search engines. You can easily toggle between your favorite search providers to get more accurate results with each search.
In normal situation, Search Select is installed on the computer through another program or adware. It gets bundled to programs that are part of pay-per-install scheme. In most cases, users are not aware of Search Select installation due to lack of information provided by the main program they prefer to download and install. This adware is installed by default as a part of standard setup.
To this date, security experts dubbed Search Select as one kind of malware. It is integrated into the browser similar to viruses. In addition, it ads several function to the system without asking for user’s permission. Search Select forces the installation of Windows Service, registry, and executable files.
Without the ability to prove itself as worthy program, Search Select gains poor standing. Most computer users who came into contact with it perform immediate removal from their PC.
search-select.co web site is currently not listed as dangerous under Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page. Over the past 90 days, no dangerous content was found on this site.