TheSearchGuard New Tab Extension Description
The TheSearchGuard New Tab Extension can be found at h[tt]p://thesearchguard[.]com and h[tt]ps://chrome.google[.]com/webstore/detail/thesearchguard/heilgkanmlbfbdbmojcnnjipimenjagb where it is promoted as a productivity application. The TheSearchGuard New Tab Extension is perceived as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that leads users to believe it offers protection. A test revealed that TheSearchGuard New Tab is very similar to the SearchEncrypt add-on by Eightpoint Technologies Ltd. Both apps claim to delete your browsing history and encrypt your searches. However, the TheSearchGuard New Tab Extension reroutes searches through srch_s[.]thesearchguard[.]com, which lacks a valid digital certificate and any encryption. TheSearchGuard New Tab Extension is observed to change the new tab in Chrome to an offline page that appears in the Omnibox as:
'TheSearchGuard | chrome-extension://heilgkanmlbfbdbmojcnnjipimenjagb/newtab.html'
The installation pop-up on the Chrome Web Store says:
Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
Read and change your browsing history.
Change your search settings to: srch_s.thesearchguard.com
Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.'
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