By CagedTech in Adware

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 10,781
Threat Level: 80 % (High)
Infected Computers: 154
First Seen: January 5, 2015
Last Seen: August 19, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Malware analysts have received reports of a Web browser extension named UniSaloEs that may be quite difficult to remove. According to these reports, UniSaloEs will present itself as a Google Chrome plug-in that cannot be removed using the Web browser extensions manager. UniSaloEs is a Potentially Unwanted Program. UniSaloEs is considered an adware threat because UniSaloEs is mainly used to deliver advertisements to affected Web browsers. UniSaloEs may be installed without the computer user's full knowledge either by hiding UniSaloEs in the installation of other software or by deceiving computer users about UniSaloEs' purpose and functionality. UniSaloEs may cause numerous problems on affected Web browsers and should be removed at once.

UniSaloEs has been known to cause pop-up advertisements, redirects and similar symptoms on affected Web browsers. Although most reports involving UniSaloEs indicate that UniSaloEs affected Google Chrome, this does not mean that there aren't versions of UniSaloEs designed to affect Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or other popular Web browsers. PUPs like UniSaloEs are used to deliver advertisements to affected Web browsers. To do that, UniSaloEs may make changes to the affected Web browser's and PC's settings which will allow UniSaloEs to display pop-up advertisements and cause redirects, as well as start up automatically when the affected computer boots. UniSaloEs may also access data and settings on the affected Web browser, such as the Web browsing history or bookmarked Websites. This may allow UniSaloEs to deliver targeted advertisements to generate additional revenue at the expense of the affected computer.

What are the Consequences of being Infected by UniSaloEs and Similar PUPs

UniSaloEs does not pose a severe threat to affected computers. UniSaloEs is not destructive and is only connected to threats indirectly. For example, in some cases, Trojans or rootkits may be used to install UniSaloEs and other PUPs. However, the most common way in which UniSaloEs is distributed is by bundling UniSaloEs with other, legitimate software. Despite not being threatening, UniSaloEs is considered a PUP due to its many unwanted behaviors. UniSaloEs may also make using the affected Web browser very difficult (especially if there are other PUPs installed simultaneously).

UniSaloEs is not Threatening

Although some sources may refer to UniSaloEs as a 'virus', UniSaloEs is not considered threatening by PC security researchers. However, PUPs like UniSaloEs may become very annoying because they may cause various symptoms and may be linked to threats (such as browser redirects and performance issues on affected computers). UniSaloEs may make changes to affected Web browsers and alter the affected computer's settings to ensure that UniSaloEs runs during start-up automatically and cannot be uninstalled easily.

Removing UniSaloEs from an Affected PC

Malware researchers advise removing UniSaloEs entirely. Removal of UniSaloEs may be carried out manually. However, malware researchers advise using a reliable, fully updated security program to aid in the removal of UniSaloEs and other PUPs. There are several reasons for this. UniSaloEs may be installed along with other PUPs that may not have been uncovered by the computer user. Removal of UniSaloEs may also involve removing various components that remain on the computer after uninstalling the Web browser extension. Finally, in some cases UniSaloEs may have been installed by a higher level threat such as a Trojan or rootkit. To remove UniSaloEs, malware analysts advise following the steps listed below:

  • Remove UniSaloEs using the Add and Remove Programs feature in the Windows Control Panel.
  • Make sure that no files or folders linked to UniSaloEs remain on the affected PC's drive.
  • Use the Web browser extensions manager and preferences to undo any unwanted changes made to the affected Web browser.
  • Perform a full scan of the affected PC with a reliable security application.


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