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In conjunction with the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we thought it is time again to remind everyone the importance and seriousness of strong passwords.
With the recent password security breaches involving several high profile female celebrities, this is just another strong reminder to all of us about the insecurity of passwords and the need to continually evaluate the vulnerability of the issue.
Shopping Helper is a browser add-on that provides coupons when you shop online. It hijacks the web pages and may be very annoying. Its website states that Shopping Helper get the best deals and will improve your shopping experience by helping you save money.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.
Lasaoren is an application designed to organize your browser by changing your home page, default search engine, and new tabs to Lasaoren, that “changes the way you surf the web” and “brings all your favorite websites to every new tab”.
Music Search App by IAC is Browser Helper Object that will change the default home page and new tabs to ask.com and protect these search settings. It is capable of displaying pop-up ads and advertisements on almost every web page that you visit. You will also find new toolbar and applications installed in your system.
Default-search by Aztec Media Inc. is a browser helper object that installs on browsers together with Linkey plugin. It can be downloaded in a bundle with other free software that you downloaded and installed from the Internet. Once it gets inside your computer it will change your homepage and default search engine to “www.default-search.net”
Search Module by Goobzo is a potentially unwanted web browser extension that is ad-supported. Similarly to other hijackers, Search Module has ability to change homepage, default search engine and new tab page. Once Search Module is successfully installed, it changes Windows host file, DNS settings as well as registry entries. You will notice that your PC performance becomes much slower than it was before.
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”.
Description and symptoms of Search Protect
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.
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.
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.
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.
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