Toolbar Toolbar Description

The Toolbar is associated with a website that promises 'publishing solutions that generate revenue.' However, if there is any revenue being generated due to the involvement of the Toolbar, it is being generated at the computer user's expense. The Toolbar is used to force computer users to visit its associated website repeatedly in order to generate revenue from advertising and affiliate marketing. The Toolbar is usually installed after downloading and installing a freeware application from a poor quality source. Once the Toolbar has been installed on the victim's computer, the Toolbar makes unwanted changes to the infected computer's settings. These include changing the victim's homepage and default search engine to websites associated with the Toolbar.

Websites associated with the Toolbar are designed to generate revenue by forcing visitors to view advertisements or click on affiliate marketing links. These types of marketing methods are used frequently to boost a particular website's traffic in order to generate revenue. Since computer users are essentially forced to visit these types of websites, they are often poorly constructed and often cloned from other websites. In general, the Toolbar is not technically illegal since computer users can often opt out of installing the Toolbar. However, these types of browser hijackers are not considered viruses but merely Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).

Usually, the Toolbar is bundled with freeware applications. It is usually possible to opt out of installing the Toolbar. However, shady marketers will typically hide this option and rely on computer users being careless during installation. Typical freeware programs that may be bundled with the Toolbar include PDF creators and media converters. To prevent the installation of the Toolbar, ESG malware analysts advise being careful when installing any software. If the Toolbar has already been installed, the Toolbar should be removed using normal browser extension removal utilities. Then, ESG malware analysts advise using a reliable security program to ensure that no malware has been installed. Finally, unwanted changes made by the Toolbar should be undone manually. These types of changes include changes made to the affected Web browser's homepage and default search engine, both of which may be changed to without the computer user's permission.

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