The name eStart is fairly cliched when it comes to potential names for helpful online applications. It is a fairly common name that companies use to refer to their basic start-up online service or online tutorial. However, eStart is also the name of a harmful Internet Explorer toolbar which, claiming to help you browse the Internet more effectively, is in reality silently hiding in your hard drive gathering information about you and your browsing habits in order to relay them to a remote part. Because of these harmful behaviors more typically associated with a malware infection, ESG security researchers strongly recommend avoiding any contact with the eStart Internet Explorer toolbar.
Understanding Why eStart is Harmful
eStart is usually bundled along with freeware applications that generate revenue through the distribution of adware and harmful applications like eStart. According to ESG security analysts, no free application is worth infecting your computer system with eStart. It is usually incredibly easy to find a replacement for the freeware application that requires you to install eStart. It is also important to understand that any application associated with eStart is probably not going to be very beneficial. eStart will take the place of your Internet Explorer links bar, replacing the sites with its own adware-related websites. eStart can also make changes to your favorite websites, adding a bunch of unwanted bookmarks to your Internet Explorer. While you browse, eStart gathers information on your browsing habits and email accounts and then relays them to a third party. eStart also has the capacity to start and stop programs without your authorization and to run in the background constantly, bringing down your computer's performance and Internet connection speed. This is why ESG malware analysts recommend removing eStart and scanning your computer system to be certain that you are not infected with malware.
Unlike many legitimate browser toolbars, eStart is mainly designed to spy on your online activity and then provide you with advertisements and sponsored links, which generate revenue for eStart's makers. Some unsafe behaviors from this invasive browser toolbar include:
- eStart makes changes to your Internet browser's settings, bookmarks, homepage and default search engine.
- eStart can run in the background constantly, loading without your authorization. It also actively seeks to stay hidden in order to make it less likely that it will be stopped.
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