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Elite Web Tool

Posted: July 4, 2017

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 84
First Seen: July 6, 2017
Last Seen: August 16, 2019
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Elite Web Tool is a low-quality Google Chrome extension, which does not appear to have versions compatible with other Web browsers. Google Chrome users are unlikely to search for this extension knowingly, because it does not have anything good to offer and, in fact, it does not even have an official website. The authors of the Elite Web Tool are spreading this extension with the help of low-quality advertisements and websites, which display a pop-up that might tell users to 'Add Extension In Order to keep you in safe browsing.' These messages appear to be becoming quite popular among authors of low-quality browser extensions, mainly because many users fall for these warnings and end up installing an add-on that is useless.

The good news is that the installation of the Elite Web Tool does not lead to any harmful consequences and, in fact, many users might not even realize that the Elite Web Tool has changed anything in their Web browser's settings. However, a closer analysis of the Elite Web Tool's behavior reveals that this extension may modify the address bar's settings so that all searches executed through there will refer users to Betterresults.net, Blpsearch.com, and then take them to the Yahoo Search. It is likely that this action is being performed to boost the traffic and search engine ranking of the first two websites, and then lead users to a Yahoo Search Results Page where they might see ads affiliated with the Elite Web Tool's authors.

If you have installed the Elite Web Tool recently and would like to dispose of it, then there are two ways you can take care of this problem. Option one is to remove the 'the Elite Web Tool' from the Google Chrome's Extension Manager, and option two is to use a credible cyber security tool, which will help remove Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) like this one.