The '' pop-ups are a problem that has been associated with adware and browser hijacker infections. Computer users that have complained about numerous pop-up messages and redirects associated with may have been infected with a PUP, or Potentially Unwanted Program, in the form of an unwanted Web browser extension or add-on. The '' pop-ups may affect most Web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. However, more incidences of problems have been reported in relation to Mozilla Firefox than to other popular Web browsers on the market.

Redirects and Pop-ups Created by

The cause of redirects and pop-ups may be described erroneously as a 'virus'. In fact, these may be caused by components that are not considered threatening, often known as PUPs. These types of low-level threats may cause irritating symptoms that are similar to more damaging threats, but they do not represent a severe threat to your computer or your privacy. However, this does not remove the fact that redirects and pop-ups are extremely irritating and disruptive.

Common Symptoms Associated with

There are several problems that may be linked to browser hijackers associated with These may include the following:

  1. PUPs associated with may change your Web browser's home page and default search engine automatically.
  2. PUPs linked to may force your Web browser to visit repeatedly by force, putting your computer at risk for additional PUPs or even threatening content while at the same time making it very difficult to use the affected Web browser.
  3. Content linked to may make changes to your computer's settings that allow PUPs linked to to start up automatically whenever you start up Windows or any of your Web browsers.

There are many issues that may be related to PUPs associated with may track your online activity and browsing habits for marketing purposes. They may also fill your Web browser with advertising content, pestering you constantly with pop-up windows and inserting all kinds of advertisements into Web pages you view. For example, may change the text on Web pages into links to its associated websites or insert banner advertisements in pages not containing any advertising content. Existing advertisements may be changed to advertisements associated with, and the affected Web browser may display constant pop-up messages and windows with content related to

Dealing with Redirects and Pop-Ups

If your Web browser is showing issues that may be associated with, this may indicate the presence of a PUP. However, PUPs seldom attack on their own. The presence of one PUP on your Web browser may indicate the presence of multiple similar components on your computer. Although PUPs are not considered threatening, dealing with them may be difficult. Unexpectedly, this is because many security programs are designed to deal with advanced threats rather than with low-level threats like PUPs. They may be an indication that there is no problem with your computer and fail to detect the presence of content associated with To deal with PUPs, therefore, malware analysts strongly advise making sure that your security software is capable of dealing with PUPs and other low-level threats. There also may be a manual removal component that must be involved when dealing with these types of components. Depending the situation, PC users may need to undo any unwanted changes made by the PUP to the affected Web browser. In the case of, this may mean restoring the affected Web browser's homepage and default search engine, both of which may have been changed to automatically. You also may need to uninstall the offending Web browser add-ons from the affected Web browser manually, often using the Windows Control Panel.

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