Threat Database Browser Hijackers

By GoldSparrow in Browser Hijackers

Malware analysts have received complaints from computer users affected by redirects and pop-ups that may be associated with a Potentially Unwanted Program known as Lightning Newtab. If your computer is displaying issues related to, PC security analysts strongly advise removing any unwanted PUPs that may have been installed on your Web browser. Typically, PUPs associated with may present themselves as add-ons or Web browser toolbars. Web browser toolbars associated with may be installed on the most popular Web browsers on Windows, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. All content associated with should be dealt with using a reliable security program that is fully up-to-date to ensure that no unwanted content remains installed on your computer.

The Lightning that Brings Advertisements and Pop-Ups

Web browsers associated with may present a wide variety of issues. Some problems that may be linked directly or indirectly to advertisements and pop-ups are:

  • PUPs associated with may alter the Web browsers' settings. For example, these PUPs may change the affected Web browser's homepage or default search engine to a URL associated with The URL itself may appear in pop-up windows or new Web browser tabs opened by this advertisement platform's associated PUP.
  • The main problems related to PUPs are the appearance of irritating pop-up messages and advertisements. These are the most common way in which marketers monetize, and they may interrupt the computer users' activities, making it difficult to use the affected Web browser.
  • Content associated with may cause performance issues, causing the affected Web browser to become slow or crash frequently.


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