Threat Database Browser Hijackers

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The URL is part of a legitimate advertisement platform that is used by many website administrators to monetize their content. There are many legitimate products and services that are promoted through the use of The URL is closely related to Google and is not considered unsafe. However, PC security researchers have received reports from computer users that appears on affected computers without any apparent cause, often becoming disruptive or irritating. If you have problems with pop-up advertisements or other symptoms associated with, this usually indicates that adware is installed on your computer. It is important to note that various adware campaigns may take advantage of legitimate advertisement platforms to carry out attacks. For example, it is very common for adware infections to attempt to abuse Google Adsense, a well known legitimate platform for online advertising. Since pop-up advertisements associated with may be extremely irritating and may prevent computer users from working or carrying out their tasks effectively, steps should be taken to remove any unwanted components that may be the cause of advertisements and similar irritating symptoms on the affected computer.

How Pop-up Advertisements May Interfere with Your Browsing advertisements are used to promote various online businesses or to direct computer users to certain websites in order to increase their traffic and page ranking. advertisements may contain embedded links to these Web pages and may lead computer users to its related websites whenever they click on these links. While these types of advertisements in themselves are not illegitimate, PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) may abuse advertisements do take advantage of computer users and attempt to profit at their expense.

PUPs associated with are often bundled along with free software downloaded from questionable websites. During the installation process, computer users are asked to install a Web browser toolbar or similar component. Failure to opt out of this option may result in the installation of PUPs associated with and similar unwanted components. Security analysts strongly advise computer users to be careful when installing any new software and to follow the installation process carefully to ensure that no unwanted components are being installed along with the new software. Typical types of PUPs to avoid include Web browser toolbars, system optimizers, browser extensions, plug-ins or add-ons.


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