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Health Alert Adware

What is Health Alert?

Developed by Rational Thought Solutions, Health Alert is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to inform users about the latest diseases and other health-related news.

While this browser extension may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that Health Alert is considered to be 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' consent.

After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Health Alert delivers various intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, text, pop-under, interstitial, and in-text ads. It is highly probably that clicking advertisements generated by Health Alert will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.

   
3D BUBBLE SOUND Adware

What is 3D BUBBLE SOUND?

3D BUBBLE SOUND is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to enhance computer-played sound quality - "Do not miss the first high-end HiFi emulator on PC! Increased definition, rediscovered clarity, your music library is totally sublimated. Sitting in the arm chair, with your headphones, send your old stereo system to retirement. With 3D BUBBLE SOUND, lets change your way of hearing music!"

This functionality might seem useful, however, 3D BUBBLE SOUND is classed as an adware-type application. 3D BUBBLE SOUND often infiltrates systems without users' permission. After successful installation, this adware displays intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.

   
CryptoLocker

What is CryptoLocker?

CryptoLocker is a ransomware virus created by cyber criminals. The virus is distributed using 'exploit kits', which infiltrate users' computers using security vulnerabilities detected within outdated software. Common sources of exploit kits are infected email messages, malicious websites, and drive-by downloads.

Note that exploit kits rely on outdated software in order to infiltrate systems, therefore, keeping your operating system and all installed programs up-to-date greatly reduces the risk of infection by ransomware viruses.

   
Taplika.com Browser Hijacker

What is Taplika.com?

The Taplika browser toolbar claims to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by allowing instant access to popular social networking websites (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and displaying advanced Internet search results. This toolbar is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

Although this may appear to be a useful and legitimate browser extension, Taplika is referred to by most users as a redirect virus or browser hijacker. These associations are made since this rogue browser add-on employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers without users' consent.

Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute additional applications together with the chosen software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install Taplika during download of free software from freeware download websites.

   
ORX-Locker Ransomware

What is ORX-Locker?

The ORX-Locker service supposedly allows users to easily generate personal ransomware. According to the developers, users can perform this action with no knowledge and without spending any money, the only tie-in being a share for the developers. After infiltrating the system, this ransomware encrypts files and demands payment of a ransom.

The person responsible for creation of ransomware, however, does not receive the entire ransom - it is shared with the developers of ORX-Locker, and therefore, users receive only a percentage.

   
SmartWeb Ads

What is SmartWeb?

Created by SoftBrain Technologies Ltd, the SmartWeb browser add-on claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience by displaying coupon ads when users visit online shopping websites. While this functionality may seem legitimate, be aware that the SmartWeb add-on is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application.

This plug-in infiltrates browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) through free software downloads using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. SmartWeb also causes diminished browser performance and intrusive ads.

At time of research, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) was distributed using various free software 'download clients' via fake downloads such as Internet browser updates, hacking tools, etc.

   
Portalsepeti.com Redirect

What is portalsepeti.com?

Portalsepeti.com is a popular website, which can be used as a start-page for your Internet browser. This site presents users with a search bar to enable them to quickly search the Internet. 

Portalsepeti.com is a legitimate website and not related to computer viruses or malware, however, the owners of this website (Navigation network Co.) employ deceptive promotion techniques to attract web traffic. Commonly, redirects to portalsepeti.com are a consequence of computer users installing various add-ons, toolbars, and plug-ins on their Internet browsers.

   
Ads by WordWizard

What is WordWizard?

WordWizard is a deceptive app claiming to allow users to highlight and search various online text - "WordWizard is an ad-supported software utility that makes searching and translating information you find online easy. Take any text you see online, highlight it, and WordWizard will show the Wikipedia and Bing results in an in-page window."

Many users believe that this application is legitimate and useful, however, WordWizard is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After infiltration, WordWizard collects various Internet browsing-related information and displays intrusive online advertisements.

   
TopShape.me Ads

What is TopShape.me?

Developed by Keen Internet Technologies Ltd, the TopShape.me application supposedly notifies users of available updates to installed applications. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, many users are unaware that TopShape.me is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

The reason for these negative associations is the dubious behavior exhibited by TopShape.me, which includes stealth installation, display of intrusive online advertisements, and tracking of Internet browsing activity.

   
KeyStream Adware

What is KeyStream?

According to the developers, KeyStream enables rendering of various graphical content (text, video, etc.), thereby improving the Internet browsing experience. This app is identical to WhiteWindow, Kikblaster, TomorrowGames, and a number of others.

On initial inspection, KeyStream may seem legitimate and useful, however, this application is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After successfully infiltrating Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, KeyStream generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.

   

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