Threat Database Adware cheapNcheap


By CagedTech in Adware

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 13
First Seen: November 26, 2014
Last Seen: January 30, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Malware analysts have received reports of issues involving CheapNcheap, a low quality browser extension that may be used by marketers to make money at the expense of PC users. The main issue with CheapNcheap is that CheapNcheap claims that CheapNcheap can help computer users obtain access to advantageous shopping deals and online offers. However, CheapNcheap does not do this or provide any other kind of useful service. Rather, CheapNcheap may cause a wide variety of issues on the affected PC, including performance issues and potential information breaches.

Affected browsers may show a large number of weird error messages and pop-up windows. Affected browsers also may be affected by a large number of advertisements which may try to produce monetary gain at the expense of the affected PC users. One additional issue with CheapNcheap is that this low quality browser extension may be difficult to uninstall, requiring special steps to make sure that no suspicious introduces the affected PC and that all content related to CheapNcheap is removed entirely.

How the Tactic Used by CheapNcheap and Other Potentially Unwanted Programs Work

PC security analysts regard CheapNcheap as adware because its purpose is to deliver advertisements to affected PCs. Adware like CheapNcheap and similar low-quality browser extensions may be regarded as Potentially Unwanted Programs. These types of components may not be as threatening as true threats, such as rootkits or viruses. However, PUPs may behave like threats and be distributed in the same way. They also may work together; it is not rare for a threat to be used to deliver PUPs to an affected computer. The most favored method of spreading PUPs like CheapNcheap is by bundling these low-quality browser extensions and with freeware or shareware downloads. In many cases, software is delivered through custom made installers that also may install CheapNcheap and other PUPs. PUPs may be bundled with legitimate, popular software by a third party.

Common Symptoms Associated with CheapNcheap

Problems that may be created by CheapNcheap include the symptoms listed below:

  • CheapNcheap may be associated with unreliable behavior on affected PCs. Some examples include Web browser redirects, pop-up windows and the appearance of strange error messages.
  • CheapNcheap may cause performance issues on affected Web browsers. For example, CheapNcheap may cause affected Web browsers to slow down, freeze or crash frequently.
  • CheapNcheap may increase the presence of advertisements on your Web browser. CheapNcheap may insert advertisements into websites viewed on the affected Web browser. This is, in fact, the main purpose of CheapNcheap: force computer users to view advertisements in order to make money from advertising.

How CheapNcheap may be Used to Make Money at the Expense of Computer Users

The main use of CheapNcheap is to make money by forcing computer users to view advertisements. To do this, CheapNcheap may make many changes to the affected browser's settings, all designed to expose PC users to advertising material as frequently as possible. CheapNcheap also may have the ability of tracking PC users' online activities. This feature then may be used to deliver targeted advertisements to the affected browser. Data gathered about the computer user's online browsing preferences also may be sold to a third party in order to make money. These details may fall into improper hands, allowing third parties to get your identity or carry out other forms of fraud.

Dealing with CheapNcheap

If CheapNcheap is installed on your computer, PC security researchers strongly advise its immediate removal. A security program should be used to scan your system to ensure that no components associated with CheapNcheap or threats have remained after uninstalling CheapNcheap. Also make sure to undo any unwanted changes to your Web browser's settings, such as your homepage or default search engine.


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