Highlightly is a Potentially Unwanted Program that is often mistakenly referred to as a threat because Highlightly has been associated with various unwanted symptoms. Highlightly is installed as a Web browser toolbar and is promoted as a way of displaying search results from Wikipedia and Bing directly on Web pages. Although Highlightly may provide this service, Highlightly may also display numerous advertisements on affected Web browsers and may also keep track of the victims' online activity. This has led computer users to classify Highlightly as an adware infection, due to the fact that Highlightly's main purpose is to generate advertisement revenue at the expense of computer users. Highlightly may be distributed by bundling Highlightly with low quality free software that is distributed on websites associated with these types of questionable Web browser extensions. Security researchers strongly advise computer users to avoid installing Highlightly and to remove Highlightly immediately if Highlightly has already been installed on your computer.
The Highlighted Advertisements that Mean Money for Marketers
Once Highlightly is installed, Highlightly will generate numerous types of advertisements on affected Web browsers, often adding unwanted marketing content to Web pages viewed on the affected Web browser. Highlightly is particularly known because Highlightly highlights certain words, turning them into links that lead computer users to pop-up advertisements and sponsored Web pages. Highlightly keeps tracks of the victims' online activities, saving computer users' online searches and browsing habits. This information may be purchased by a third party that may use it for marketing aims. However, this information may be used for more damaging purposes by the wrong people. This serious privacy issue is one of the main reasons why security researchers strongly recommend the removal of Highlightly.
Turning Off the Lights of Highlightly
If Highlightly is installed on your Web browser, uninstall Highlightly immediately using normal software removal methods. Once Highlightly has been removed, use a strong anti-malware program to ensure that Highlightly has not exposed your computer to potentially unsafe online content. Since Highlightly makes unwanted changes to affected Web browser settings, it may be necessary to undo these changes manually.
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Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
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- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
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