IrobinHood is an adware program classified by PC security researchers as a Potentially Unwanted Program. However, there is a twist regarding IrobinHood. The creators of IrobinHood claim that all of the advertisement revenue that IrobinHood generates is used to support charitable causes. In essence, IrobinHood is distributed as a Web browser add-on that allows computer users to contribute to charity by viewing advertisements and making online purchases. However, despite the fact that the goals of IrobinHood are entirely laudable, IrobinHood still uses many of the mechanisms and strategies of adware and known PUPs. In essence, the only difference between IrobinHood and the majority of other adware components is that the revenue IrobinHood generates is donated to charity instead of being used to further unsafe activities or for the personal profit of its creators.
IrobinHood – The Adware that Allows You to do Good But Has Negative Effects on Your PC
Viewing the IrobinHood website, malware analysts have noted that the creators of IrobinHood are forthright about what their Web browser add-on does. However, they do not disclose that IrobinHood may cause problems on affected Web browsers. Even though the advertising and marketing revenue is donated to charity, it is important to remember that in generating this revenue the computer users' privacy may still be placed at risk and the affected Web browser's performance may also be affected negatively. This happens because, like other adware, IrobinHood inserts advertisements into the affected Web browser, tracks the computer users' online activities for marketing purposes and interrupts online transactions with irritating messages and pop-ups.
Deciding Whether or not You Want to Keep IrobinHood on Your PC
IrobinHood is a different case than many other adware threats or PUPs. This occurs because its revenue is used for legitimate causes. However, computer users should retain the right to decide for themselves if they wish their own activities to generate advertising revenue for a third party. If IrobinHood was installed on your computer without your knowledge, you might take the necessary steps to remove IrobinHood. Computer users need to understand exactly how IrobinHood works and how IrobinHood generates the revenue that IrobinHood then donates to charity.
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- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
File System Details
|#||File Name||Size||MD5||Detection Count|
|2||C:\Program Files\iRobinHood\iRobinHood Addon\iRobinHood.dll||9169e823eb04e6967648ce8c7413ef08||N/A|
|3||C:\Program Files\iRobinHood\iRobinHood Addon\iRobinHood.dll||N/A|
|4||C:\Program Files\iRobinHood\iRobinHood Addon\uninstall.exe||N/A|
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