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Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 690
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 1,256
First Seen: August 30, 2023
Last Seen: September 30, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Users who notice that their browsers are frequently redirecting or opening the unfamiliar website may have an intrusive application present on their devices. Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) often have browser hijacker capabilities that allow them to take over specific browser settings and cause unwanted redirects to promoted websites.

The website itself may serve as a platform for redirecting your various types of content. It often includes unwanted advertisements related to browser extensions, surveys, adult websites, online Web games, counterfeit software updates and other undesirable programs.

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Users might encounter the website through different avenues. For instance, it might pop up as a result of being directed from other websites, it could appear through push notifications or it might even be forced open by unreliable software without any form of consent from you.

In addition, any potential advertisements generated by are likely to appear frequently, to the point of becoming intrusive. If not cautious, downloading the wrong program as a result of these ads could lead to privacy or security issues. It's crucial to address the presence of PUPs promptly by identifying and removing any unwanted browser extensions or potentially harmful software from your device.

PUPs and Browser Hijackers are Rarely Installed Knowingly

The distribution of PUPs and browser hijackers often involves questionable and deceptive methods. These methods are designed to trick users into installing these unwanted software programs without their full understanding or consent. Here are some of the questionable tactics used for the distribution of PUPs and browser hijackers:

  • Bundling: PUPs and browser hijackers are commonly bundled with legitimate software downloads. When users download and install a desired program from a website, the installer might also include additional software that the user did not explicitly request. The bundled software is often pre-selected for installation, and users might overlook the option to opt out of installing it.
  •  Deceptive Installation Prompts: Installers for PUPs and browser hijackers often use misleading or confusing prompts during the installation process. These prompts might manipulate users into thinking that the additional software is necessary or beneficial. Users may rush through the installation without realizing they are agreeing to install unwanted programs.
  •  Fake Download Buttons: On some websites, fake download buttons can lead users to download PUPs or browser hijackers instead of the desired software. These buttons are designed to mimic legitimate download buttons, tricking users into downloading and installing unintended software.
  •  Misleading Advertisements: Advertisements, especially those claiming to offer system optimization, security scans, or software updates, can lead users to PUPs or browser hijackers. Users might click on these ads, thinking they are taking measures to improve their system, but end up installing unwanted software instead.
  •  Disguised as Browser Extensions: Some browser extensions are promoted as useful tools or enhancements, but they can secretly function as browser hijackers. Users might be enticed to install these extensions based on their supposed features, only to discover later that their browser settings have been altered.
  •  Email Attachments and Links: Emails containing attachments or links might lead users to download PUPs or browser hijackers. These emails could claim to offer important updates or documents, but the attached files or linked URLs actually lead to unwanted software downloads.
  •  Social Engineering: PUPs and browser hijackers often employ psychological manipulation. They might use fear tactics, urgency, or promises of exclusive content to convince users to install the software without fully understanding the consequences.

To protect yourself from these questionable distribution methods, it's important only to download software from reputable sources, carefully read through installation prompts, and be cautious when clicking on advertisements, links or email attachments. Using reliable anti-malware software also can help detect and prevent the installation of PUPs and browser hijackers. Video

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