Search Swapper Extension
Search Swapper is an ad-supported web extension for browsers like Chrome, Firefox and IE. This extension is developed by “Polarity Technologies Ltd”.
Although, this extension promotes itself to be useful by allowing users to stick to their favorite search engine and carry out searches through it.
Search Swapper extension is promoted through its official website “h[tt]p://www.searchswapper[.]com/” that says:
‘If you’ve ever had your browser switch search engines for no reason, you know the frustration. Search Swapper makes it easier to pick (and keep) your search engine.
Mac, PC, or Linux? Doesn’t matter; Search Swapper works on any computer that has Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
Everyone should be able to choose the search engine they prefer. That’s why Search Swapper is free, and always will be.’
By reading this users may think to give a try to Search Swapper extension and agree to add this on their browser. However, it is not a worthy program, as the browsers itself has this functionality to choose the primary search engine to carryout the searches. This is actually a trick to make users download its extension and in lure of that promote third-party websites through dropping plenty of sponsored ads and links.
By adding Search Swapper extension on the chrome browser, you may grant the following permissions:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
- Change your search settings to searchswapper.com.
- Replace the page you see when opening a new tab.
- Manage your apps, extensions and themes.
By adding Search Swapper extension on the Mozilla Firfox browser, you may grant the following permissions:
- The ‘Search Swapper’ add-on requires the following rights in Firefox:
- Exchange messages with programs other than Firefox.
- Access browser activity during navigation.
- Monitor extension usage and manage themes.
- Access your data for all websites.
- Access browser tabs.
Once Search Swapper is added on the browser either Chrome or Mozilla, it changes the default homepage, new tab and search engine to its own domain. You may see “Search.searchvuzeau.com” or “Searchytdau.com” as your current search engine. This search engine will never deliver trusted search results. And this extension lacks the HTTPS secure connection, which means your searches are not encrypted, so it can be easily traced by third-parties. It can record your surfing habits like:
- Browsing history,
- Visited site info,
- Browser version,
- Searched queries,
- IP address,
- System related information and so on.
Search Swapper and its related search engine programs are aimed to push advertisements within the browser and share the individual’s data for running more advertising campaigns. So, it is better to remove ‘Search Swapper’ extension from the browser with a powerful and effective anti-spyware tool.