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PicColor removal instructions

What is PicColor?

Created by Say Media Group Ltd, the PicColor app installs on computers together with free software. At time of writing, the actual functionality of this application is not clear. The developers of this app employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and therefore, computer users often install this application inadvertently without their consent when downloading free software. After installation, PicColor tracks users' Internet surfing activity by recording geographic information, browser types, operating system types, and IP addresses.

   

SpeedChecker removal instructions

What is SpeedChecker?

Developed by Virtue Interactive Ltd, SpeedChecker is a rogue application claiming to enable users to monitor their Internet speed. While this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that SpeedChecker is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by SpeedChecker to install on Internet browsers without users' consent. Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute their applications together with other software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install SpeedChecker during download of free software from freeware download websites. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, SpeedChecker generates numerous intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up/under, in-text, and display ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.

   

Klip Pal removal instructions

What is Klip Pal?

Created by SuperWeb LLC, the Klip Pal browser add-on is compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. This extension claims to save time and money by allowing price comparison and related topic searches. Note that many computer users refer to this browser plug-in as adware or a virus since it is an intrusive browser add-on that installs on Internet browsers with free software downloaded from the Internet. Furthermore, it employs a wide range of unwanted ads supposedly to make the add-on free of charge.

   

Shop with Boost removal instructions

What is Shop with Boost?

Created by Verti Technology Group Inc, the Shop with Boost browser add-on displays coupon ads when visiting online shopping websites such as Amazon, Kmart, eBay, Expedia, Dell, etc. This browser extension is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. While this functionality may seem legitimate (the add-on claims to help users compare products and prices while they shop online), this browser plug-in is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are several issues with Boost: it often installs on computers without users' consent; it uses a software marketing method called 'bundling', and; this add-on tracks users' Internet browsing activity and may sell this information to third parties.

   

Browser Guard removal instructions

What is Browser Guard?

Developed by a company named Intriguing Apps, Browser Guard is a rogue browser extension claiming to protect user-browsing by preventing malware and spyware infections. Although this may seem a legitimate and useful browser plug-in, be aware that Browser Guard is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Browser Guard generates numerous intrusive online advertisements such as banner, coupon, interstitial, pop-up, targeted video ads, and offers to download other rogue browser extensions considered to be adware. There is a high probability that clicking advertisements generated by this potentially unwanted program (PUP) will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.

   

GoSave removal instructions

What is GoSave?

The GoSave rogue browser add-on claims to save time and money by displaying special offers and discounts while browsing shopping websites. This functionality may appear useful and legitimate, however, be aware that GoSave is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. The developers of this rogue browser plug-in employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to stealthily install GoSave on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission. Most users inadvertently install GoSave when downloading free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and many others. Following successful infiltration, this PUP generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity. These intrusive advertisements include coupon, banner, pop-up, search, in-text, and interstitial ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.

   

Nextcoup adware removal instructions

What is Nextcoup?

The Nextcoup potentially unwanted application installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) when users download or install free software. Developers of this adware employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and therefore, most users install the Nextcoup plug-in inadvertently without their consent. After successful infiltration, this add-on generates intrusive coupons ads when users visit online shopping websites.

   

BlockAndSurf ads removal instructions

What is BlockAndSurf?

Created by Revizer Technologies Ltd, the Block and Surf (Block-N-Surf) browser add-on claims to hold a database of many black list domains, which potentially keeps children safe on the web by preventing viewing of adult content websites. The software is developed to work with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and while its initiative to protect children is valid, this application has some downsides. For example, it displays unwanted online ads including banners, “pop-ups”, “pop-unders", sponsored links, coupons, deals, shopping comparison, content suggestions, and other online advertisements, which computer users may find difficult to remove. Another downside of the BlockAndSurf app is that it tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, MAC addresses, hardware information, geolocations, default search providers, web pages visited, and other information. This information can be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of this add-on on your system may lead to serious privacy issues and identity theft. Users wishing to protect children online should opt for trusted antivirus and anti-spyware programs (with parental controls). Inadvertent applications installation can occur when users install free software downloaded from the Internet. BlockAndSurf is ad-supported and may be bundled with free software for monetization purposes.

   

Web Protect virus removal instructions

What is Web Protect?

Created by Objectify Media, Inc., the Web Protect program promises to protect users' Internet browsing activity by delivering notifications regarding malicious or phishing websites. The Web Protect application is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. While such functionality may seem legitimate, computer users should be aware that this program is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Developers of this program use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and therefore, most computer users install it inadvertently without their consent.

   

Vista Protection 2014 removal instructions

What is Vista Protection 2014?

Vista Protection 2014 is a fake antivirus program that originates from a family of rogue applications called Braviax/FakeRean. This fake software targets PCs running the Windows Vista operating system and infiltrates systems via detected security vulnerabilities. After infection, Vista Protection 2014 blocks execution of any software installed and disables the Task Manager. Furthermore, the rogue program modifies operating system registry files and configures itself to automatically start on each system start-up. In fact, Vista Protection 2014 is merely an imitation of a genuine antivirus program - it holds no virus definition database nor any features found in legitimate computer protection suites.

   

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