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By Andrew Browne, Malware Labs Director at Lavasoft
As technology and Internet-ready devices continue to become central to our everyday lives, hackers are finding more channels and new ways to gain access to the personal information of unsuspecting targets. From individuals to huge corporations, no one is safe from cybercrime.
The MyStart.com is a browser hijacker once installed on your PC, it will set itself to mystart.com as a browser homepage and Yahoo as a default search engine. You can also find DL Secure extension installed to your browser. The main revenue MyStart.com and other similar websites get from sponsored search results, displayed when you browse the web.
Binkiland is a program that modifies browser homepages to its own. The page offers a general search, bookmarked links as well as adverts about the need to repair your PC, even when that isn’t the case.
SnapMyScreen is a firefox toolbar application that claims to enhance a user’s web browsing experience while giving you the ability to take screenshots.
Positive Finds is an application that displays coupons and advertisements that are relevant to a user’s web browsing activities on shopping sites, such as Amazon.com. While this program may seem useful, it also installs add-ons/plugins that may diminish browser performance as well as generate banners, pop-ups and in-text ads (underlined keywords when visiting websites) and other forms of promotions that encourage you to purchase a product or install other applications.
Data Privacy Day was on January 28 and it was celebrated internationally to recognize the importance of protecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.
A new report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project has found that the next decade will bring a continued erosion of online privacy, which will mean that “in 2025, everything will be transparent. People will not have the illusion of privacy. …This will, of course, have consequences."
As February 14th draws closer, don’t be surprised if several spams and phishing scams find their way into your inbox.
Valentine’s Day often offers spammers and scammers alike a golden opportunity to lure people into opening their wallets or giving away their personal information under the deceptive guise of love.
PC Mechanic is an application that claims to be a computer optimization program. It features a scanner that checks your PC for problematic and obsolete files that may be taking up unnecessary space on your hard disk. The catch is that you must purchase the full version before it will fix any of the apparent system errors it located. While this program may seem useful at first glance, so-called ‘optimization applications’ typically do not meaningfully improve PC performance.
Shopper-Pro is a Browser Helper Object that is usually categorized as potentially unwanted. It pretends to be very helpful and user-friendly during online shopping, providing you coupons and saving your money. However, it is only a marketing method to make you visit specific sites and increase the number of their visitors.
If you have realized that new toolbar installed on your PC and your home page was unexpectedly changed, most likely that some software may have installed in a bundle a 3rd-party browser toolbar on your system. One such annoying toolbar is the Ask toolbar. This toolbar is a BHO: Browser Helper Add-on.
Astromenda is an application designed to organize your browser by changing your home page, default search engine, and new tabs to Astromenda, and its goal (as per publisher) is to make “the web more accessible and more efficient, for all users”.
Our friends at InfoSec Institute have once again ever so kindly written another great blog post in regards to how to remove Windows Antivirus Adviser. Let's see what Kim Crawley (our guestwriter) have to say about this PUP and the step by step instruction on how to remove it.
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