Message Viewer Toolbar

Message Viewer Toolbar Description

The Message Viewer Toolbar is a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) that may affect the most widely used Web browsers on the Windows operating system, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. In most cases, the Message Viewer Toolbar is bundled with low quality freeware downloaded from dubious sources. Common applications that are bundled with PUPs like the Message Viewer Toolbar include download managers, file format converters and media players. The Message Viewer Toolbar is one of the many PUPs associated with the Conduit search engine, a search engine that has often been linked to browser hijackers and adware. If the Message Viewer Toolbar is already housed on your Web browser or if your Web browser's settings have been changed to include Conduit as your default search engine or homepage, security researchers strongly recommend that computer users uninstall the Message Viewer Toolbar immediately.

The Message Viewer Toolbar is Another PUP that Should Be Avoided

It is important to note that the Message Viewer Toolbar is not a Trojan or virus infection. PC security researchers regard the Message Viewer Toolbar as a Potentially Unwanted Program because the Message Viewer Toolbar is not as destructive or difficult to remove as viruses or other forms of threats. However, the Message Viewer Toolbar may cause symptoms on the affected computer that may be just as irritating and compromising as many actual threats. The main purpose of the Message Viewer Toolbar is to expose computer users to advertising. The Message Viewer Toolbar does this in a variety of ways:

  • The Message Viewer Toolbar may cause browser redirects, forcing computer users to visit certain low quality websites.
  • The Message Viewer Toolbar may force the affected Web browser to display numerous types of advertisements, including pop-up windows, in-text advertisements and banners.
  • The Message Viewer Toolbar may change your Web browser's settings, altering the affected Web browser's homepage, default search engine and security settings.

Since advertisements and websites associated with the Message Viewer Toolbar marketing and redirects may contain potentially unsafe content, security researchers recommend that computer users uninstall the Message Viewer Toolbar immediately. It is important to use a reliable anti-malware program to perform a full scan of the affected computer after the Message Viewer Toolbar has been removed.

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