Threat Database Adware Myhoroscopepro


Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 5,102
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 146
First Seen: April 12, 2024
Last Seen: April 16, 2024
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Myhoroscopepro falls into the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs), which are software that, while not inherently unsafe, can adversely affect users' devices. This particular program is ad-supported and could have the capability to behave as a browser hijacker, altering important browser settings without users' awareness or consent. PUPs like Myhoroscopepro can be intrusive, leading to decreased computer performance, the display of unwanted advertisements, or redirection to potentially harmful websites. Moreover, they pose a risk to your online security and personal data, potentially compromising sensitive information.

Myhoroscopepro may Take Over Essential Browser Settings

PUPs often promote fake search engines by tampering with vital browser settings, such as the homepage, new tab page and default search engine. A prime example is when users find their browsers redirecting them to Myhoroscopepro after installing a browser extension called Volume Booster.

Once this extension is installed, any Web searches made through the URL bar or new browser tabs are redirected to the Myhoroscopepro site. Browser-hijacking software, like this extension, employs persistent techniques to ensure its presence by blocking access to removal-related settings or reversing user modifications, making restoring the browser to its original state challenging.

Fake search engines typically lack the capability to deliver genuine search results, so they often redirect users to legitimate search engines like Bing ( For instance, Myhoroscopepro leads users to Bing, although redirections might vary based on factors such as user location.

Additionally, browser hijackers often come with data-tracking functionalities. These programs can collect a wide range of data, including visited URLs, viewed Web pages, search queries, cookies, login credentials, personal details, financial information, etc. This data collection poses a significant privacy risk to users.

PUPs are Rarely Installed Intentionally by Users

PUPs are often not intentionally installed by users due to the deceptive distribution practices they employ. These programs typically use tactics that trick users into unwittingly installing them, often disguising themselves as legitimate software or bundling themselves with other software that users intentionally download.

One common deceptive practice is bundling, where PUPs are included as additional software in the installation package of legitimate programs. Users may overlook or not notice the bundled PUP during installation, especially if they rush through it or fail to review the terms and conditions carefully.

Moreover, PUPs may use misleading advertising or fake download buttons on websites to trick users into downloading and installing them. These advertisements often promise enticing features or benefits but in reality, lead to the installation of unwanted software.

Additionally, some PUPs employ social engineering tactics such as fake system alerts or pop-up messages claiming that the user's device is infected with malware or needs an update. Users may then be persuaded to download and install the PUP in an attempt to resolve the perceived issue, unaware that they are actually installing unwanted software.

Overall, PUPs rely on deceptive distribution practices to evade user scrutiny and gain unauthorized access to users' systems. As a result, users may unintentionally install these programs, only realizing their presence when they experience undesirable effects on their computers or browsers.


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