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How to Remove Ask.com

by News Editor on July 31st, 2015 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.  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.


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." To protect your browser settings in the future download Web Companion


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. To protect your homepage in the future download Web Companion.


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.



As firefighters in California are battling wildfires across the state, hobbyist drone operators have impeded their efforts by cluttering airspace. CNN reports that last Friday, firefighting helicopters with water buckets were delayed for 20 minutes by drone operators attempting to capture video footage of a wildfire that spread onto a Los Angeles freeway.


Both Costco and Walmart Canada have taken their online photo centers offline this week to investigate a possible security breach. Currently Walmart Canada’s photo printing website displays the following error page: