search.becovi.com appeared in our Koko Analytics referrer logs. I recall having noticed Becovi at some point in 2021 before I started a tradition of reporting on unusual search engines in our logs. I ran a few searches for Becovi on other search engines. The results are filled with links advising users that Becovi can hijack their search bar and is a virus, malware, or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Many of these links are spurious in and of themselves in that they often advise users to purchase commercial computer cleaning software. While I did not investigate the issue too deeply, the closest thing that I found to first-hand evidence of Becovi’s malfeisance was a Reddit thread from 2020 which I found to be less than informative. It seems like there is a Becovi Chrome extension that would set Becovi as the user’s default search engine, but I was not actually able to find it.
It should go without saying that I see no reason to ever actually use Becovi, but it was interesting to write what is likely the first-ever Becovi review that is not pitching some mysterious antivirus software (please do not install weird antivirus software on your computer because some link told you that a search tool has infected your computer).