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521news.com

521news.com is a website that may seem legitimate and reliable when you first visit it. 521news.com is used to host a broad range of news articles that cover a long list of topics, and there doesn't seem to be anything fishy about this Web page. However, anti-malware vendors report that the 521news.com Web page is associated with an aggressive browser hijacker that may use deceptive distribution methods to get to the computers of thousands of users. The 521news.com browser hijacker isn't a threatening program, so having it on your computer isn't necessarily a reason to be scared. This browser hijacker doesn't perform any unsafe operations nor does 521news.com attempt to lead you to harmful websites that may expose you to threats. However, 521news.com may tamper with your Web browser's settings to replace your default homepage and new tab page with 521news.com forcefully. Apart from...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers

LightsOut

LightsOut is an adware extension that may seem like a useful program at first, but we assure you that this application's negative traits may be way more than the positive things it can bring. According to LightsOut's official website, this extension is meant to enhance your experience while watching online videos or other media by changing the background's color to black. The purpose of this is to make the website easier for your eyes and allow you to pay more attention to the media being displayed. However, LightsOut also may bring other unwanted changes to your Web browser – advertisements, pop-ups, and other marketing content may be injected in all active Web browser windows. The 'LightsOut ads' that accompany the installation of this adware may promote Potentially Unwanted Programs or other suspicious software that you should not install on your computer. If you have the...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

Surf Safer

Surf Safer is an annoying Web browser extension that may drop its files on your computer without telling you anything about its real intentions. The Surf Safer extension may promise to improve your Web browsing experience by helping you to avoid suspicious pages and potentially harmful Web destinations. However, Surf Safer's security features are questionable, and this extension may not replace the levels of security that traditional anti-malware and anti-virus products can offer. Surf Safer's installation may change the way your Web browser behaves by injecting marketing content on top of all pages you regularly visit. The advertising techniques that Surf Safer uses may prevent you from fully using a website's features, and expose you to potentially harmful content, suspicious links, and offers to download dubious applications. The installation of Surf Safer doesn't always...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

TitanCoupon

TitanCoupon is an adware extension that may use misleading promises to trick users into believing that they can save money and time by using TitanCoupon's features. However, despite all things that TitanCoupom may promise, it may not do anything more than typical adware whose sole purpose is to expose you to numerous advertisements provided by 3rd-party companies and individuals. TitanCoupon's installation may occur without your knowledge, and the removal of this extension may not always be an easy task. TitanCoupon is advertised as a useful Web browser extension that provides its users with up-to-date information about the best deals, coupons and discounts available online. According to the extension's website, TitanCoupon is compatible with hundreds of online shops, and it is an all-in-one money saving solution for avid online shoppers. Unfortunately, you may not save any money...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

BrowseForTheCause

BrowseForTheCause is a dubious Web browser extension that claims to work to raise money for various charities. At first, BrowseForTheCause may look like an application with a noble purpose but, unfortunately, BrowseForTheCause is far from being the good Samaritan of computer software. The charity work associated with BrowseForTheCause may not be legitimate since there's no proof of this application's reliability. Furthermore, BrowseForTheCause makes false promises by telling users that it will never inject advertisements in their Web browser or modify their Web browser's behavior. The installation of BrowseForTheCause may happen without your knowledge because this program has a tendency to use deceptive marketing tricks. Software bundling is one of the tricks that may allow BrowseForTheCause to attach itself to your Web browser without telling you what this program is capable of...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

Yourwebing.com

The Yourwebing.com site may appear as a search provider with useful links to eBay, Amazon, and Yahoo but it is a redirect-gateway that is associated with a browser hijacker. Web surfers that are infected with the Yourwebing.com browser hijacker may notice that their search provider and homepage settings are changed. The browser hijacking application at hand may function as an extension, add-on and plug-in, and modify your Internet preferences across Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. You may be rerouted to Yourwebing.com whenever you attempt to load Google.com and services by Google Inc. However, the Yourwebing.com redirect-gateway may be used to access sites under the Google umbrella when you type a keyword in the text field and hit enter. The trick is that the Yourwebing.com browser hijacker is programmed to reroute the user's Internet traffic via Yourwebing.com...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

NJax

The NJax software by NinjaSoft LLC. is promoted as a food supplement manager for users that exercise regularly. The NJax software is supported by marketers that aim to sell vitamins, proteins and fitness equipment. Unfortunately, the NJax application is classified as adware because it may use aggressive marketing strategies to generate revenue for its developers and earn a profit for advertisers. The NJax adware may be detected as PUA.Win32.Njax.81, Win32/Adware.BrAppWare.A and PUA.BrAppWare. Security analysts note that the NJax adware may travel in the company of badware like BR Media Player and run as a system service in the Windows Task Manager. The NJax adware may make modifications to the DNS settings of infected PC users and reroute their Web traffic to untrusted servers that are under the control of unlicensed marketers. Moreover, the NJax adware may load corrupted content in...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

DigitalChallenge

The DigitalChallenge security alert may be triggered when the Digital Challenge program tries to load advertising content in your browser, which is coming from untrusted servers. The DigitalChallenge program is published as a set of PowerPoint presentations that are provided to users that like to learn the basics of the digital world for free. Security analysts perceive the DigitalChallenge application as adware because it does not have a publicly known developer, DigitalChallenge is lacking a valid digital signature and may pushes marketing materials in the browser of users. The ads by DigitalChallenge may be injected in the browser via JavaScript and ActionScript and may include links to low-quality Web pages. The DigitalChallenge adware is similar to the Mahjong by Rapid Advance and InvestingCore and may provide users with shortcuts to resources at Codeacademy.org and...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

CouponThing Ads

The CouponThing application is promoted at Couponthing.com as a friendly tool for finding daily coupons that allow you to enjoy your hobby and save money. The CouponThing shopping helper is a product of Ions Media Ltd. that specializes in developing advertising solutions and help freeware developers monetize their apps. As you may suspect, the CouponThing app is an adware that is a member of the InstallCore family of adware. The ads by CouponThing may be displayed as scrollable panels on the right and left side of your desktop. Also, the CouponThing adware may use tracking cookies, DOM storage data, and Web beacons to build an advertising profile about you and show related deals and offers. Security investigators note that the CouponThing adware may use XML, CRX, XPI, BHO, and DLL file structure to alter the behavior of a wide range of Web browsers that run on the Gecko, Trident,...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Adware

Dongtaiwang.com

The Dongtaiwang.com site is owned by the Dynamic Internet Technology, Inc. company and is suited to Chinese-speaking users. Since the Chinese government is censoring open access to the Internet of its citizens, the Dongtaiwang.com site offers users to download a VPN client called Freegate and open any page on the Web. The Freegate program acts as a network adapter that may modify your DNS configuration and change your proxy settings to bypass the censorship by the Chinese government. You may have installed the Freegate VPN client by Dynamic Internet Technology, Inc. and it may have altered your homepage and new tab page preferences in Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. The Freegate app may have browser hijacking capabilities and redirect you to articles at Dongtaiwang.com and blogs on the Weibo social network. You may want to inspect your 'Programs and Features'...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers

‘National Consumer Center’ Pop-Ups

Computer users that like to have a stylish mobile device may be interested in the offers that are loaded on the 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups. The 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups may be generated by a browser hijacking application on your PC that may welcome you to provide information like your first and last names as well as postal code, email address and mobile phone number. The content that may be delivered to you by the 'National Consumer Center' is managed by a company called RewardsZone USA LLC. The 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups may be linked to many sites among which are Onlineretailpromotion.com and Electronicpromotionscenter.com. There are numerous complaints related to the 'National Consumer Center' pop-ups, and security authorities advise users to avoid providing personally identifiable information to RewardsZone USA LLC. and its partners. PC users that install...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers

‘Epw3.com’ Pop-Ups

PC users that are infected with a browser hijacking application and are presented with pop-ups by Epw3.com should not call the 800-283-5196 toll-free phone line. The Epw3.com domain is registered on the 66.170.180.172 and the 209.143.158.10 IP addresses and is associated with uncertified technical support services. The browser hijacking application on your machine may have been listed under the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' option of a freeware installer as an optional offer. The 800-283-5196 phone line that is promoted as a help-line for users to seek technical assistance is operated by con artists that strive to convince users to pay $200 for a lifetime computer support. The 'Epw3.com' pop-ups may be preceded by a dialog box that says: 'It appears that your computer and Internet browser have POP UP SOFTWARE enabled. Please call TOLL-FREE to DSIABLE POP-UP AD SOFTWARE NOW:...

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Browser Hijackers

DNSChanger Malware Perpetrator Gets Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

Vladimir Tsastsin, an Estonian man behind the DNSChanger malware , was sentenced by a US judge to seven years in jail for his role in an international crime organization that infected over four million computers with malware. During October 2011, the group known for the distribution of the infamous DNSChanger malware was put to a stop due to the efforts of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. DNSChanger, during its time of infecting computers from 2007 to 2011, was a popularized malware threat that changed an infected computer's local DNS settings to reroute traffic through a series of DNS servers controlled by cybercrooks. The demise of DNSChanger brought about a relief within the computer security community but didn't identify the perpetrators behind the threat and bring them to justice until now . DNSChanger had a group of seven individuals that actively created...

Posted on April 27, 2016 in Computer Security

FiziPop

Computer users that like to play board games on their PCs and slay dragons from time to time may be interested in exploring the collection of games that is packed in the FiziPop software. The FiziPop software can be found at Fizipop.com and may be bundled with third-party program installers. The FiziPop collection of games is deployed as a browser-based gaming platform that uses ActionScript to load interactive content. The FiziPop platform features games like Bubble Fever and Spartan Solitaire and is similar in functionality to ArcadeRoyal and Zip Arcade . You may want to know that the premium games at Fizipop.com can be accessed for free if you agree to allow advertisers to show promotions on your screen 24/7. That is why the FiziPop software is deemed as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) with adware capabilities, and you may wish to avoid installing it. The FiziPop...

Posted on April 27, 2016 in Possibly Unwanted Program

Games Charm

Many Web surfers are attracted to games like Cut the Rope 2 and Tetris and may like to play those games at Gamescharm.com. The Gamescharm.com site is the official page of the Games Charm online gaming platform that is managed by Games Charm Ltd. The Games Charm platform is a standalone application that is similar to PlayLunar and Comet Arcade and relies on the support of advertisers to offer puzzles and action-packed quests to its users. The Games Charm online gaming platform is perceived by security experts as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) with adware capabilities that may change your DNS settings and flood your browser with promotional materials. Additionally, the Games Charm app may alter the design of your new tab page to host content from Gamescharm.com and offers from affiliate marketers. You may wish to play games like Jewel Academy and Apothecarium with the...

Posted on April 27, 2016 in Adware