Threat Database Browser Hijackers

By Domesticus in Browser Hijackers

Numerous computer users have been claiming that they are being spammed by advertisements associated with advertisements may affect the most popular Web browsers on the Windows platform, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. advertisements may also interfere with legitimate search engines such as Google or Yahoo. is also associated with browser redirects. If your Web browser forces you to visit repeatedly while trying to connect to an unrelated website or carrying out a search on a legitimate search engine, then it is highly likely that a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) is installed on your computer. PUPs associated with are commonly referred to as adware, although they also have some characteristics associated with browser hijackers.

How PUPs Associated with Act to Benefit Its Creators

The main purpose of PUPs associated with is to generate revenue. Marketers make money at the expense of computer users in the following ways:

  • PUPs associated with generate advertisement revenue by displaying advertisements directly on the victim's computer. advertisements are usually of the pop-up variety, although security researchers have also observed that content associated with may add advertisements to various websites in the form of in-text advertisements, inserted affiliate marketing links and search results.
  • PUPs associated with may also redirect computer users to and to websites associated with By forcing computer users to visit such websites repeatedly, these websites' page ranking and traffic numbers are inflated artificially, which results in advertisement revenue.
  • PUPs associated with may compromise your security by tracking your online activities, saving your browsing and search history, and gathering data about your Web browser and computer for marketing research purposes.

Since PUPs associated with have such negative effects on your computer, they should be removed at once with the help of a reliable, fully updated anti-malware application. To avoid future infections, monitor the installation of any new software carefully to make sure that it is not bundled with components such as adware.


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