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Media View is a Browser Helper Object/plug-in that is detected by many Antivirus companies as BetterSurf adware. It is usually installed by bundling to different free software, and you may not notice when exactly it appeared on your PC.


Object Browser by Goobzo LTD is a cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, and is “compatible” with all the latest Windows operating systems. Some antivirus companies call this program “adware”, others – more generally "PUP".  Here are a few facts about this program:


Malware is a collective term for various types of malicious software that infect a user’s computer. These include viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits, spyware, adware, and several others.

Malicious software is becoming a bigger problem with each passing year, and it is growing at an increasingly faster pace than ever before. In fact, last year there were 74,000 new computer viruses created every single day on average.


Spring has just sprung and with the first days of April comes that welcome reminder that the worst had passed. With that, the necessary task of spring cleaning comes along too. This year, in addition to tidying your home, consider tidying your digital home as well.


How to Remove Ask.com

by News Editor on March 31st, 2014 in Security Tips.

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.  It is very important to pay attention to additional checkboxes during the installation to avoid installing of unwanted applications or toolbars. The toolbars can slow down your internet browsers and also may cause redirected searches or failed keyword searches.

One such annoying toolbar is the Ask toolbar. This toolbar is a BHO: Browser Helper Add-on.


24x7 Help – is a technical assistance application by Crawler, LLC that may be installed in a bundle with freeware. If you don’t pay attention to small pre-checked boxes with optional programs during the main software installation, you may get a lot of unnecessary items that you never use/you are not aware where it came from.

Once installed, 1 or even 2 tray icons appear on your PC:






MDNA CD 2 Player or EZ Downloader is an example of a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that can be downloaded for free from the web.  This freeware will also download another unwanted stuff in a bundle.


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Description and symptoms of Search Protect

Search Protect is designed by Conduit, and is spread through various 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.


Feven usually comes with a free software package, or fake updates that appears to be real ones (their installation file looks very similar to the one from a trusted manufacturer). It is based on Crossrider framework (designed to create cross browser extensions), so Feven additionally installs this framework components by taking over space on your PC.


FLV Player Update popup –what is this?

Please be aware that FLV Player Update popup is a fake warning message. It has been created to lead you to download malware programs to your PC. This popup is actually a malicious application that acts as an online scam which is usually used to spread false advertisement. Usually it is distributed via malicious sites, lurks in freeware programs and hides itself in spam email attachments. You won’t even know and realize that you even have this malicious program on your system until it suddenly pops up. In addition to displaying misleading pop-up warning, FLV Player Update popup malware also slows down your computer as it takes up a big part of system resources.


Windows AntiVirus Tool is a program that belongs to the family of Rogue.FakeVimes computer infections. This application only pretends to be an anti-virus program, but instead it shows fake scan results, reports the computer infections that do not exist, and does not allow you to run any other applications.