Smileys We Love Toolbar Description
The Smileys We Love toolbar is one of the commonly seen types of potentially unwanted toolbars. Every computer user has probably accidentally installed a toolbar at least once in their life, so it is plausible that you have already dealt with such pieces of potentially unwanted software. Although toolbars don't possess any real danger for your computer, they are something that you probably don't want either in your browser nor your PC.
Toolbars like the Smileys We Love Toolbar rarely offer unique and needed features, and they just end up cluttering your Web browser's interface with unnecessary buttons, tabs and images. The Smileys We Love toolbar has an official website that can be found at smileyswelove.net so it is a piece of software that may be downloaded and installed knowingly by users. The company standing behind its development is SqueakyChocolate, which is responsible for developing adware and riskware such as WallpaperBackgrounds, Icon Smash, and California Fonts. Authoritative PC threat-analyzing websites classify the toolbar and the rest of SqueakyChocolate's applications as software that should be removed from the user's PC.
What does Smileys We Love Toolbar Do?
The Smileys We Love Toolbar does add some functionality to your browser. You'll be able to send premade and custom-made emoticons when using the Facebook chat, for example. However, the recipient of your messages will not see animated emoticons unless they have The Smileys We Love Toolbar installed as well. When you try to send animated emoticons to a user that doesn't have the toolbar installed, they'll only see a still image of the emoticon you intended to send.
The Smileys We Love toolbar may be bundled with other software products, usually freeware. When you opt to install this add-on, it may become a part of your browser, and there is a high chance that you'll start seeing its panel when you visit websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Gmail. Apart from the panel that offers to publish these smileys in the chat, you may also see tedious advertisements and sponsored links that, when clicked, will generate revenue for the people who develop and support this product. In some cases, the toolbar may also collect information about your browsing habits, search queries and other information related to your online activity.
Apart from the fact that the Smileys We Love toolbar may hijack your chat windows, the Smileys We Love toolbar might also inject sponsored links and advertisements in your search results, as well as collect information regarding your search phrases and browsing habits. This information may then be distributed to third parties for marketing purposes. The Smileys We Love toolbar is a low-level threat which serves the purpose of boosting the search engine rank of particular websites, as well as to display random advertisements that may not be related to the content you are looking for.
Methods of Propagation and How to Prevent Its Installation
The primary way that The Smileys We Love toolbar uses to spread is via the installation of free software such as audio and video converters, PDF readers and codec packs that come bundled with this toolbar. Even so, there are also situations in which the Smileys We Love toolbar may be installed along other toolbars, for example, the
Conduit Toolbar may also install the Smileys We Love toolbar.
In almost all cases, this toolbar is installed unknowingly by the user, who doesn't take the necessary time to read through the text that accompanies every stage of the installation process. If you want to prevent the installation of the Smileys We Love toolbar, there are several steps that you must continuously follow:
- Pay attention when you install free software and look out for suspicious checkboxes and license agreements.
- Read the text associated with checkboxes and 'I Accept' buttons.
- If possible, only install software coming from trusted and verified sources.
- Always select 'Custom Installation' if you have the right to choose.
These simple, yet valuable advices can help you avoid installing not only the Smileys We Love toolbar, but adware, riskware and other low-level threats as well. Keep in mind that if you have already installed the Smileys We Love toolbar, you will not be able to remove it by simply uninstalling the piece of software the Smileys We Love toolbar
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