Apr 26

Remove Ads by CloudScout and CloudScout Parental Control adware

Find out about the adverse influence of the CloudScout Parental Control application, including the nagging issue of ads being displayed on websites.

Free software and the term “ad-supported” appear to be adjacent components of a complex whole. On the one hand, this cooperation makes it possible for the developers of open source programs to stay afloat; on the other, it often causes user experience problems. The unfortunate part here is that the actual application can be useful and enjoy quite a bit of popularity with customers. The tool known as CloudScout, for instance, is primarily intended to block inappropriate pages on the Internet through the use of a cloud-powered reputational database. The people who start using it, however, typically do not know about the side effects emanating from the aggressive advertising vector accompanying its operation. A fact that makes this utility yet more reminiscent of adware is that it is distributed in an unethical way for the most part.

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Apr 23

Remove Ads by Miss Sunshine from Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer

Immensely irritating ads displayed by Miss Sunshine add-on can be easily removed using the instructions included in this article along with adware description.

Ironically, the piece of software that generates Ads by Miss Sunshine is very likely to make one’s computing ‘weather’ gloomy. Setting figurative expressions aside, this program is not welcome on a PC because of the intrusive features it exhibits and privacy concerns that are likely to occur. It’s problematic to bust this adware red-handed on the setup phase of its lifecycle. The hurdle in this case is about furtiveness of the installation workflow – it relies on bundling for the most part. When an affiliated product is being installed, there is no direct and clear notification that an additional item or items are being also dragged inside. This is a model cherished by adware distributors, and at the same time it is beneficial for the developers of freeware which is used for hosting the shady payload. Perhaps the main advice in this context is to peruse every setup dialog screen and avoid thoughtlessly opting into the suggested default options, in particular with apps like open source media players, format converting utilities and PDF or Java updates on untrusted sites. It’s preferable to customize the installation or reject it altogether if there is a suspicion about potentially unwanted things being pushed.

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Apr 17

Remove adultube.info popup malware from Firefox, Chrome and IE

A workaround to get rid of nagging popups and web browser redirects to adultube.info site is the number one subject highlighted in this post.

When a computer virus executes some harmful code in the background of the compromised system, it’s probably not as frustrating a situation as an X-rated site being triggered off and on against one’s will. The huge portion of embarrassment enclosed in adultube.info web page is going to possibly even affect your private life if someone else walks by your PC, sees the discreditable stuff on the screen and probably thinks you should be ashamed about watching it. In the meantime, it’s a piece of malware to blame. There is an adware application currently spreading at a rapid pace, which arranges Internet traffic to the above-mentioned domain in an ultimately malicious way. There is hardly any room for the user’s prospect of detecting this bug when it’s infiltrating the machine. It comes with other downloads most of the time, appearing to be wrapped up into associate free software installation wizards. This tactic ensures that the bad drive-by ends up on the computer without the user being aware. What the victim will certainly not fail to notice is the follow-up activity deployed by the virus.

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Apr 06

Remove Ads by Name virus (luu.lightquartrate.com) from Chrome, Firefox and IE

This post comprehensively describes the malware problem of Ads by Name popping up during one’s browsing and provides instructions to solve the issue.

As far as online advertising is concerned, it’s a mixed blessing. On the one hand, that’s a fundamental thing that keeps lots of Internet services afloat and actually provides end users with product information of potential interest. On the other, it can be fairly difficult to draw the line between legit e-commerce and its fraudulent counterpart. The application powered by luu.lightquartrate.com service is undoubtedly on the shady side, generating annoying “Ads by Name” all over web pages.

So, what are some of the attributes making it obvious that arbitrary ads are displayed where they are not supposed to be? First off, they show up in amazingly large quantities. Secondly, they appear on all sites regardless of the type thereof: news pages, social networks, weather forecasts, online shopping portals, whatnot – all are going to be affected. And most importantly, from a tech perspective, those objects are generated by a piece of software on the PC rather than a script allowed by the webmaster. The Ads by Name mentioned above meet all of these criteria, moreover they originate from an app that bypasses user interaction when being installed.

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Apr 03

Remove Fix My PC aka A1 PC Cleaner rogue software

Learn the grounds for flagging the Fix My PC utility as a fake system optimizer and follow the instructions to remove this hoax from attacked computer.

There are PC programs out there which mimic certain features rather than provide the genuine declared functionality. The underground malware industry indulging in this type of misdemeanor is nearly as old as the Internet itself since it became pervasive, which is natural because there is a huge lure to design an application that looks like it does something that’s in demand, but in fact only pretends to. What’s the motivation? No one has cancelled license purchasing, and the scammers are trying to scare people into registering their counterfeit products – hence the name “scareware”. This is precisely how the tool called Fix My PC works.

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Mar 25

Remove Omnibox (omniboxes.com search) from Firefox, Chrome and IE

Some of the fundamentals of healthy web browsing are about the users’ exclusive prerogative to decide where and when they wish to go online. This inalienable privilege gets implemented via things called preferences, where the user defines the desired values for different Internet surfing parameters such as default search, homepage and the URL tied to the new tab configuration. If this balance ends up being broken, there is no longer room for pleasurable web experience. What can possibly go wrong in this context? Problems typically occur when a malicious program infiltrates a machine, in particular an infection called adware. These apps are tailored to automatically change the above-mentioned settings without taking the victim’s opinion into account. The extension called Omniboxes, for example, replaces the custom settings in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer with omniboxes.com.

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Mar 25

Remove CouponDropDown ads from Firefox, Chrome and IE

Actionable methods to get rid of the annoying ads by CouponDropDown, as well as a complete description of this threat, are available in the present entry.

In computer security terms, CouponDropDown is an adware application, and there is hardly any ambiguity in the reasoning for such a classification. This program displays an excessive amount of advertising in various shapes and forms when operating inside a computer. It also circumvents approval by the user for making changes to the functioning of web browsers. Furthermore, the way this infection propagates on the Internet isn’t ethical enough to be labeled safe. Speaking of the spreading, CouponDropDown bundles with third-party utilities, moreover this process isn’t transparent, which isn’t by chance. Computer-savvy people wouldn’t ever install a tool that floods web pages with junk, so the adware makers have to obscure or otherwise hide their payload. Free software with controversial reputation come in handy for this, embedding the corrupt installer into their setup. Just a few such samples are the Yontoo toolbar, FBPhotoZoom and 1ClickDownload. Generally, these are rogue web service enhancements, file downloaders and remade variants of legit software updates. The whole idea is to drop the bug on the system without having to rely on user authorization.

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Mar 13

Remove Key-Find virus (key-find.com) from Firefox, Chrome and IE

Actionable tips and tricks to get rid of the Key-Find browser redirect infection as well as prevention measures are comprehensively covered in this post.

The browser add-on known as Key-Find is tasked with contaminating computers in a stealthy fashion and further reorganizing the operation of web browsers on the PC in a malicious way. It makes sense emphasizing upfront that this nasty application can be easily avoided as long as some very basic secure computing precautions are complied with. In particular, the rule of being on the lookout for possible drive-by downloads when you are installing an arbitrary program is the one that applies best in this case. Key-Find is an adware, which implies that its infiltration is a matter of an uninformed decision on the user’s end. Also, the victims are imposed aggressive advertising in one form or another, and the commonplace methodology for browser remediation by manually toggling its settings isn’t effective.

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Mar 03

Remove Superfish Visual Discovery. Superfish malware removal from Firefox, Chrome and IE

The tutorial covers the issue of Superfish adware conducting man-in-the-middle attacks to inject ads into web pages, and provides efficient uninstall tips.

The app called Superfish Visual Search, also referred to as Superfish Visual Discovery, happens to be extensively discussed by security professionals and hardware vendors due to the recent newsmaking story associated with it. Within a specific time frame, the Lenovo consumer laptops were shipped with Superfish pre-installed on them, which caused numerous user experience issues and unambiguous security concerns. The thing is, this program was found to indulge in manipulations with legitimate SSL traffic on computers. In particular, it installs a rogue certificate of its own to the trusted root certification authorities list and replaces SSL certificates as the user visits HTTPS sites. On other words, it pulls off a man-in-the-middle attack. This activity is deployed by the software for the purpose of embedding advertisements into SSL protected web pages as well as other sites the victim goes to.

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Mar 02

Remove Buzzdock ads from Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer

General characteristics of the Buzzdock add-on, the side effects of its operating in a computer, and instructions to remove it are all covered in this post.

The app called Buzzdock is a mixed blessing. The features it boasts to deliver are likely to be of interest to some, but the untold nuances of its activity outweigh the possible benefits. So, the lure is all about expanding the scope of one’s search results by adding a custom dock to the regular SERPs. This panel can be configured to display entries from popular online services such as Twitter, YouTube, Amazon, Wikipedia, Flickr, Ebay, BBC, Yelp and other resources. In essence, this tool is intended to be a search enhancement that doesn’t charge you for using it. What’s the catch then?

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