Increasingly, Americans are going online to prepare for the holidays, whether it's shopping, shipping or sending out cards. But don't let convenience get in the way of safety


In the countdown to the holiday season,  millions of people around the world are going to go online to buy presents for friends and family, search for holidays, book tickets for a big gig or send an electronic Christmas card.


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If your default search engine was changed and your browser keeps redirecting you to http://trovigo.com that means your browser was hijacked with Trovi Search.  It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely.


Description and symptoms of Search Protect

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Search Protect is designed by Conduit, and is spread with different free software, in most cases – it’s a pre-selected option during the main program installation. There is no direct download link for Search Protect even on the Conduit home page which is already suspicious.



Trojan.Poweliks.C is malware that writes malicious JavaScript code directly into the Run key in the system registry. Once installed, the malicious code is executed with every system reboot. The Trojan injects the code launched from the Run registry key into the process “dllhost.exe”.


Shop For Rewards by Pitaya Tech is a browser extension “designed to help you collect free gifts, coupons and fantastic rewards by shopping online through third party e-commerce websites”.


μTorrentBar by ClientConnect LTD is a toolbar that adds several buttons to your browser: web search, weather, facebook, email, youtube etc. And as per its publisher, μTorrentBar “upholds the highest privacy and security standards”.


HostSecure is a typical adware-type program that is used for affiliate marketing. It is promoted as a program that can display coupons and the best prices for merchandise or services you are searching online.


Word Proser by Wordprosers LLC is a free ad-supported software “that makes searching and translating information you find online easy. Take any text you see online, highlight it, and Word Proser will show the Wikipedia and Bing results in an in-page window. That means you don’t have to open up a new window, go to a search engine, and type in your search. Word Proser puts relevant information just a highlight away”.


Black Friday/Cyber Monday online shopping can be a great way to avoid the hectic crowds, the shoving and long queues during the busiest shopping day of the year. However, it also has its own disadvantages.

Shop.org, a division of The National Retail Federation (NRF) released its 2014 online holiday sales forecast.


AS Magic Player by Franden Associates LTD – a web extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox “that provides online playback of video/audio content through BitTorrent protocol on most popular websites/trackers, and also extends the basic functionality of websites that you use with the help of innovative technologies.”


PC Power Speed is a program developed by Crawler LLC that supposed to improve the performance of your computer. Upon installation and setup, it creates the registry entry which allows this program run every time at startup of Windows.  PC Power Speed may also install a lot of additional programs from Crawler LLC.