'ExtendedSprint will damage your computer' Message Description
ExtendedSprint is a browser hijacker and adware that changes the user's browser settings and locally inserts additional Web content for promoting affiliate advertisements locally. ExtendedSprint and other family members use the Adload Trojan delivery methods with themes such as media player updates. Since its advertisements and settings changes can endanger your computer, users should remove ExtendedSprint with a trustworthy anti-adware program.
Advertisements Racing for Your Browser at a Dead Sprint
Although most users should be used to the sight of the occasional advertisement, excessive amounts of them tend to be symptomatic of problems with either the sites one is loading or what software is on the computer. Even macOS users have difficulties in this respect, courtesy of variants of the Adload Trojan downloader's numerous payloads. Examples of recent adware campaigns using this deployment method run the gamut from ProtocolStatus, CleanParameter, ManagerAnalog, and StandardBoost, to ExtendedSprint.
ExtendedSprint primarily is a name swap from other members of the adware family, although it may include 'beneath the hood' technical updates. However, malware experts confirm that its features are similar to related adware, with pop-ups, search redirects to affiliate sites, and injected advertisements extraordinarily – frequently, with 'advertisements by ExtendedSprint' lines. It affects most browsers, including Firefox, Chrome and Mac's default Safari.
Although adware isn't illicit, it often endangers users by displaying advertising content with insufficient content vetting. Users may see various tactics, have phishing attacks collecting their credentials, or risk exposure to corrupted scripts that attempt drive-by-downloads. That ExtendedSprint is specific to the macOS only emphasizes that no operating system has flawless security against either Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) or Trojans – like the Adload Trojan that installs ExtendedSprint.
Extensive Ways Around Adware Problems
ExtendedSprint's adware family uses a Trojan downloader-based installation method that highly-consistent across the many variants. The Trojan, Adload, usually gains system access after the user exposes their PCs to fake or tampered-with software updates for media players, which is typical of illicit movie streaming and downloading websites. In this case, there's a blatant downside to finding premium movies for free that directly impacts the user's Web-browsing safety in long-term ways.
Advertisements aren't the only problem with ExtendedSprint or other adware from the same family. ExtendedSprint may cause repetitive security alerts, usually, with a format of 'ExtendedSprintd will damage your computer' – the additional 'd' on the name is a consistent characteristic of Adload-circulated adware. It also may harm Internet connectivity through non-consensual changes to network and proxy settings.
There are plentiful anti-adware solutions that should block Adload's payload and more comprehensive security services for dealing with Adload. Most users should remove ExtendedSprint only with appropriate security software due to issues with casual removal attempts missing essential components that continue causing system dysfunction.
ExtendedSprint is both a drag on Web-browsing performance and a net downgrade in online safety. With no benefits for its presence, like most adware, racing away from ExtendedSprint and its tactic-riddle installers makes sense for everyone.