Edge Stable version is reportedly redirecting Google Search results via “OKSearch” to some other sites. There were multiple reports on this on Reddit and one, on the Answers forum. As of now, Microsoft is aware of this and is investigating the issue. Meanwhile, the company suggested the affected users turn off all extensions.
Malicious Extensions hijacking the browser Home page, new Tab Page, and search settings isn’t a new thing. But this is happening in the new Edge for some users and with different extensions installed.
Google Search Results redirecting via OKSearch reported
When clicked on one of the search results on Google, they’re seeing redirection from “https://oksearch.org/xa2/click.html?<more here>”, to some other sites such as Amazon, Shopify, and others.
Redirecting from search links is happening randomly, but not consistently.
Most of the users confirmed their PCs came clean when scanned with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, and Microsoft Defender.
Beware of Fake extensions in Edge Add-ons Store
One affected user claimed a Fake version of the “AdGuard VPN” extension installed from the Edge Add-ons Store is doing the redirection.
Another user says he doesn’t have that extension but with Great Suspender installed, he claims it is also Fake and has malware attached.
Microsoft Edge Community Manager, Missy said Microsoft is investigating the issue and suggests to disable extensions and report if they’re still seeing the injections after that.
A little bit of searching for OKSerch reveals, it has a New Tab extension for Chrome and Edge browser.
Microsoft Edge and Google Search engine are the common things among the users with different extensions.
Are you affected? Does your Search results in Edge redirect to elsewhere? Let us know in the comments below