According to ESG security researchers, the BigSeekPro toolbar is not technically a malware infection. However, the BigSeekPro toolbar engages in some practices that are typical of malware programs, such as redirecting your Internet activity or keeping track of the websites that you visit. Unlike most malware, the BigSeekPro toolbar can be easily removed through normal means. Even so, ESG security advisers recommend using an anti-virus program to run an in-depth scan of your hard drives, after uninstalling the BigSeekPro toolbar. This application’s behavior is a worrying sign that the BigSeekPro toolbar has the potential to become a problem to your computer system’s security.
How Most Users Acquire the BigSeekPro Toolbar
The BigSeekPro toolbar is what is known as a Browser Helper Object, or BHO. Browser Helper Objects are add-ons for the Internet Explorer browser. A Browser Helper Object is not a bad thing in itself. However, many creators of malware have exploited vulnerabilities in this aspect of the Internet Explorer browser, to create malicious browser helper objects designed to engage in activities that are characteristic of malware, such as spyware or adware. Most computer users acquire the BigSeekPro toolbar through the HyperCam application, a popular video recording program. As part of BigSeekPro toolbar’s installation process, HyperCam installs the BigSeekPro Browser Helper Object. As a general rule, ESG malware advisers recommend avoiding software that requires the installation of toolbars for your Internet browsers, especially if the BigSeekPro toolbar cannot be disabled. There is usually an alternate version that will not require the installation of potentially-harmful Browser Helper Objects. If it is absolutely essential that you install this kind of software, it is a good idea to first research the toolbar in question, to make sure that it is not considered malware by PC security researchers.
Securing Your Computer System After Removing the BigSeekPro Toolbar
As was mentioned before, the BigSeekPro toolbar is not considered harmful in itself. The main problem with the BigSeekPro is that BigSeekPro toolbar engages in practices that may put your computer at risk for malware infections and other problems. The BigSeekPro toolbar runs in the background without authorization and can keep track of your online activity. It is because of this that ESG malware analysts consider that users that have installed the BigSeekPro toolbar are at a greater risk for malware infections than most computer users. To make sure that the presence of BigSeekPro has not resulted in a malware infection, ESG PC security researchers advise running regular scans of your computer with a trustworthy anti-malware utility.
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