FastSearch is an ad-supported program designed to generate traffic and revenue to sponsoring third parties. Although it promises, well, fast search, it does exhibit some malicious traits that may disturb your online activities and put your system at risk.
As a typical adware program, FastSearch is designed to generate traffic to sponsoring websites while promising users to help them optimize their web browsing. As much as this feature sounds useful, however, FastSearch may cause the following:
- Start displaying multiple pop-up ads that may interrupt your browsing routine
- Slow down your Internet connection
- Redirect you to unwanted websites that are potentially corrupted
- Monitor your browsing activities and collect personal data from you
The pop-up ads are impossible to close and clicking them will redirect you to possibly malicious websites which may further infect your system. Also, in order to personalize the pop-up ads, FastSearch may monitor your browsing routine and share that information with third parties.
FastSearch usually enters your system without your consent – via bundling. When you download free programs from the Web, they are often bundled with various PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) and other malicious components. In order to protect your system from such unwanted threats, we recommend you to disable the bundling option and disallow all features that you are not familiar with. This way, you will make sure you will end up downloading only the program you want.
FastSearch is not dangerous by nature, but it may redirect you to corrupted web pages that will pose a real threat to your system. Therefore, if you have it in your system, it’s best to remove it.
If you are inexperienced in removing PUPs and adware from your system, we suggest you to use a powerful anti-malware tool that will fully scan your system, and will detect and remove all malicious components. Such anti-malware tool is useful to have at all times as it will protect your PC from various threats from the Web, so you do not have to worry about your system being at risk.