Entrusted Toolbar Description
Entrusted Toolbar is a one of the many browser hijackers associated with the Conduit search engine. Entrusted Toolbar is often bundled along with freeware applications. Once the Entrusted Toolbar is installed, the Entrusted Toolbar makes unwanted changes to the infected computer's Web browser, the first of which is changing the browser's default search engine to the Conduit search engine. This low quality search engine has been associated with a variety of browser hijackers that take the form of unwanted Web browser toolbars. If the Entrusted Toolbar is installed on your computer, ESG security researchers recommend the use of a reliable anti-malware application to protect your computer from malware exposure.
Some of the problems that have been reported in association with the Entrusted Toolbar include the appearance of pop-up windows and advertisements as well as redirects to the Conduit search engine. Although computer systems associated with the Entrusted Toolbar exhibit various symptoms of malware, the Entrusted Toolbar is technically not considered a malware infection. Rather, the Entrusted Toolbar is often classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). These types of programs are not entirely malicious but can actually have various dangerous characteristics. For example, some of these types of PUPs may use rootkit techniques to infect the victim's computer or keep track of the victim's online activities in order to deliver advertisements and profit at the expense of the affected computer user.
How Entrusted Toolbar Enters a Computer System
Most Entrusted Toolbar infections are a result of downloading and installing freeware from a low quality source. These are often bundled with browser hijackers like the Entrusted Toolbar in order to generate revenue for the software's developers or distributors. However, the option to opt out of installing Entrusted Toolbar and similar browser hijackers is often hidden or hard to find, meaning that many computer users may end up installing this toolbar without being aware of it. Because of this, ESG security researchers advise installing freeware programs using custom installation to determine whether any unwanted programs are also being installed. In general, ESG malware researchers strongly advise avoiding Web browser toolbars such as Entrusted Toolbar and similar PUPs.
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