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Buzzdock Adware

Buzzdock - how to remove unwanted ads and redirects to search.buzzdock.com?

What is Buzzdock?

Developed by Alactro LLC, the Buzzdock browser extension claims to enhance the Internet search experience by displaying additional results beneath a favoured search bar. Following installation of this browser add-on, the Buzzdock tab appears below the search bar when the user visits Google to search the Internet. This toolbar displays additional search results from Yahoo, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon, etc. Although this functionality may seem useful, there is a downside to using this browser plug-in: Buzzdock displays unwanted ads (banner ads and text link), and furthermore, this extension causes redirects to search.buzzdock.com

   
Windesk Winsearch Adware

Windesk Winsearch removal instructions

What is Windesk Winsearch?

PCSoftware, the company responsible for the development and release of Windesk Winsearch, claim that their product allows users to search the Internet directly from the desktop. Some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, however, Windesk Winsearch is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. This application is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install without users' permission. Once installed, Windesk Winsearch tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various information such as IP addresses, websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, etc. Some of this collected data might be personally identifiable, and therefore, having this PUP installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.

   
Surprise Savings Adware

SurpriseSavings removal instructions

What is SurpriseSavings?

The SurpriseSavings browser plug-in is presented as a tool to significantly improve the online shopping experience by enabling features such as coupons, comparison shopping, and the display of special deals/discounts available on shopping websites. Despite these claims, users are often tricked into believing that this browser plug-in is legitimate and virus-free, however, SurpriseSavings is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. The main reason for these negative associations is a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' employed by the developers to distribute SurpriseSavings. Bundling allows stealth installation of SurpriseSavings on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with regular software. Therefore, most users inadvertently install this bogus extension. After successful infiltration, various intrusive online advertisements are displayed and users' Internet browsing activity is tracked.

   
Websearch.searchtotal.info Redirect

Websearch.searchtotal.info redirect removal instructions

What is websearch.searchtotal.info?

The websearch.searchtotal.info browser hijacker installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies Internet browser settings including the homepage and default search engine domains. Furthermore, it installs several browser 'helper objects', which block attempts to roll back these changes. At time of research, this browser hijacker was 'bundled' with free programs and files available for download from free file sharing websites. Developers of freeware promote this browser hijacker using a deceptive installer, which tricks unsuspecting computer users into installing browser settings-modifying adware together with the free software.

   
FlashGamesRockstar Adware

FlashGamesRockstar removal instructions

What is FlashGamesRockstar?

FlashGamesRockstar is an adware-type app. According to the developers, it allows users to play arcade Flash games. Some users may feel that this application is legitimate and useful, however, be aware that it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). FlashGamesRockstar is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party apps together with the selected software) - this allows infiltration on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent. Following installation, FlashGamesRockstar generates a variety of intrusive online advertisement types including coupons, pop-unders, interstitial, banner, and targeted video ads. These can redirect to untrusted websites, and thus, clicking them may result in high-risk computer infections.

   
Ads by Excellent Coupons

Excellent Coupons removal instructions

What is Excellent Coupons?

Excellent Coupons provides features to display coupons and special deals/discounts available within online stores to supposedly save time and money while shopping online. Although some users may feel that Excellent Coupons is a legitimate and useful browser add-on, be aware that it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Excellent Coupons is identical to Deal Cola, Savings Plugin, and many other applications developed by a company called Engaging Apps. Excellent Coupons is often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and is the main reason for these negative associations. Bundling allows stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software, and therefore, Excellent Coupons usually installs on Internet browsers without users' permission. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, intrusive online advertisements are displayed and users' Internet browsing activity is tracked.

   
123rede.com Browser Hijacker

How to eliminate browser redirects to 123rede.com?

What is 123rede.com?

According to the developers, the 123rede.com website can be used as a browser default search engine and homepage. Despite these claims. 123rede.com is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software) - this allows installation on Internet browsers without users' consent. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, the browser default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL settings are assigned to 123rede.com. In addition, applications called 'helper objects' are also installed to prevent users from reverting these changes. Popular freeware download websites, such as downloads.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc., monetize their traffic and free services via small programs called 'download applications' (also called 'download managers').

   
Netmahal.com Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to netmahal.com?

What is netmahal.com?

The netmahal.com website is designed to be used as a browser homepage and default Internet search engine. While it may seem legitimate, be aware that the developers of this website employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with regular software) that allows them to stealthily install this browser hijacker on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission. Following successful installation, the browser default search engine, homepage and new tab URL settings are assigned to netmahal.com. Furthermore, this bogus app is delivered with small applications called 'helper objects' developed to prevent users from reverting these changes. Many users do not pay enough attention when downloading free software, and therefore, they inadvertently install this browser hijacker along with other programs downloaded from freeware download websites.

   
Atajitos.com Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to atajitos.com?

What is atajitos.com?

According to the developers, the atalitos.com website is legitimate and can be used as the browser homepage and default Internet search engine. Although this website is not malicious, atalitos.com is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', which allows the developers to install this browser hijacker on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent. Following successful infiltration, the browser default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL settings are assigned to atajitos.com. Furthermore, this rogue browser hijacker is delivered together with applications called 'helper objects', which restrict users from reverting these changes. Bundling is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software, and therefore, the atajitos.com browser hijacker commonly installs together with free software downloaded on freeware download websites.

   
Everything-start.com Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to everything-start.com?

What is everything-start.com?

The developers of the Everything-start.com website claim that it is a legitimate website that can be used as the default search engine or homepage. Unfortunately, the developers promote this website using a browser hijacking application, which employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. After infiltration on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), this rogue app assigns the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings to everything-start.com. Furthermore, applications called 'helper objects' are installed along with this browser hijacker to prevent users from reverting these changes. Popular freeware download websites monetize their traffic and free services via small programs called 'download managers', thus, users often inadvertently install this browser hijacker together with downloaded free software.

   

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