Recently I noticed a website called "ecosia.org" which directs all my Google search results. What's happening to me?
I didn't have any of these extensions installed but I just noticed an update to the Window Resizer Plugin started redirecting all my Google Search results links through EcoSia to support tree planting in Brazil. So if you have the Window Resizer plugin or any other plugin that supports Ecosia in a recent update. That may be the culprit.
Its not spam or a virus though, its a legitimate effort to plant trees in Brazil. Go to ecosia.org and they're very transparent about it all.
TO DISABLE ECOLINKS IN WINDOW RESIZER.
Window Resizer settings are at the bottom of the Window Resizer Menu (under all the windows sizes), so click the Window resizer button in your Chrome toolbar.
Settings page appears...in that menu there's a big link on the right side called ECOLINKS. Click that.
Only one option there to turn it off...Uncheck that and ur done.
You have installed an extension in your browser which causes all of your traffic to be rerouted through the ecosia.org.
I did a simple Google search and found that it is an organisation that donates about 80% of its earning to plant trees.
That being said, if you are worried about your privacy (which, you should be), uninstall the extension or try to change the default search engine.
It can be done as follows (For Chrome):
- Goto Tools->Settings.
- Click the Search. Manage Search Engines.
- If you hover over google, you will get a make default button. Click it. Click OK.
You are done.
Seems like Google has removed the extension now. And here are some good alternatives to try