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What is BlackLister?

BlackLister is a rogue browser add-on developed by Revizer Technologies Ltd. Although this potentially unwanted application claims to prevent children from entering websites containing adult content, be aware that BlackLister is categorized as adware since it uses 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 Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, BlackLister monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information, including search queries entered, URLs visited, geolocations, MAC/IP addresses, and other similar details.

Furthermore, this rogue browser plug-in generates various intrusive online advertisements, including banner, pop-up, sponsored link, and shopping discount ads. The presence of BlackLister, or other similar adware (for example, SaferSurf and BlockAndSurf) on your system may lead to serious privacy issues, identity theft, or malware infections.

Parents wishing to protect their children from encountering harmful websites, should use legitimate anti-virus or anti-spyware programs with parental controls, rather than unrecognized browser add-ons.

   
Shieldren Virus

What is Shieldren?

The Shieldren rogue browser add-on claims to prevent children from encountering websites containing adult content. Created by Revizer Technologies Ltd, the software is optimized for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

While Shieldren seems a useful and legitimate browser extension, it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program, which generates intrusive online advertisements. Shieldren employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on browsers without users' consent.

Following successful infiltration to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, Shieldren generates intrusive online advertisements including sponsored links, banner, discounts, and pop-up ads. In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually tracked, since this rogue browser add-on records various information, which can be personally identifiable.

For example, default search engines, search queries, websites visited, locations, MAC and IP addresses, and other similar software and hardware details.

Having a potentially unwanted application such as Shieldren installed on your PC, may lead to serious privacy issues or malware infections. Internet users wishing their children to browse safely online, should aim for legitimate anti-spyware or anti-virus software (with parental controls), rather than random or suspicious browser plug-ins.

   
Tika-search.com Redirect

What is Tika-search.com?

The Tika-search browser hijacker infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) during the download or installation of free software.

The Tika toolbar employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on these browsers without users' permission - for this reason, it is considered to be a potentially unwanted application or adware. Following successful infiltration of this plug-in, the browser homepage and default search engine settings are assigned to hxxp://www.tika-search.com.

In addition, installation of Tika-search also includes several additional add-ons, which prevent users from customizing their browser settings (for example, changing the homepage or default Internet search engine fields).

   
SnapDo Virus

What is SnapDo?

The SnapDo browser hijacker infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) via free software downloads. Browser redirects to the search.snapdo.com website are caused by a potentially unwanted application called 'Snap.do' created by Resoft Ltd.

Internet users often install SnapDo adware inadvertently without their consent when downloading and installing freeware. At time of research, this browser plugin was distributed using deceptive freeware 'download clients' and fake downloads (including, for example, fake Java updates or fake Internet browser updates).

Following successful infiltration, SnapDo modifies users' Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine fields to search.snapdo.com and feed.snapdo.com

   
Websearch.awsomesearchs.info Virus

What is websearch.awsomesearchs.info?

The Websearch.awsomesearchs.info browser hijacker infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) through free software downloads. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies the browser homepage and default search engine settings by assigning them to the Websearch.awsomesearchs.info website.

Furthermore, this browser hijacker tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording web pages visited, impressions, information from social media websites, clicks, and search terms.

While redirects to this website do not appear to be a high-risk security threat, Internet users should be aware that developers of this bogus browser plugin are able to redirect the websearch.awsomesearchs.info website to other malicious sites at any time.

   
WebInternetSecurity Adware

What is WebInternetSecurity?

The WebInternetSecurity application claims to protect users whilst surfing the Internet by warning of suspicious sites and blocking dangerous content. WebInternetSecurity is developed to work with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, and while its initiative to protect Internet users from malware infections is valid, this application has some downsides.

For example, it displays unwanted online ads, which computer users may find difficult to remove. Furthermore, it is unclear which company is responsible for developing and supporting this product.

Another downside of WebInternetSecurity app is that it tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording URLs visited and search queries entered within Internet search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) 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.

To protect your computer and browsers from potential threats, choose trusted antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Inadvertent applications installation can occur when users install free software downloaded from the Internet, and since WebInternetSecurity is ad-supported, it may be bundled with free software for monetization purposes.

   
Searchy.easylifeapp.com Redirect

What is searchy.easylifeapp.com?

The searchy.easylifeapp.com browser hijacker infiltrates users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) through free software downloads and modifies the homepage and default search engine settings by assigning them to searchy.easylifeapp.com

While this website may seem legitimate (by offering Internet searching via the Yahoo! search engine), computer users should be aware that EasyLifeApp is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application.

Developers of this browser settings-changing adware use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and thus, Internet users often install this potentially unwanted program (PUP) inadvertently without their consent.

   
Websearch.amaizingsearches.info Virus

What is websearch.amaizingsearches.info?

The Websearch.amaizingsearches.info browser hijacker installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings by changing the homepage and default search engine fields.

Furthermore, users are prevented from rolling back these changes due to the installation of browser 'helper objects', which block any user attempts to revert them.

The websearch.amaizingsearches.info website can be used to search the Internet, however, the search engine presented is crowded with dubious sponsored search results - clicking these can lead to serious malware and virus infections.

   
Ultra Downloads Notifier Ads

What is Ultra Notifier?

Created by a company called UltraDownloads, Ultra Notifier is a browser add-on claiming to display the best content and shopping deals on users' Internet browsers. The plug-in is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.

While the functionality of Ultra Notifier may seem legitimate, be aware that this plug-in is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Users often install this browser extension inadvertently without their consent when downloading free software. Developers of this add-on employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.

This marketing method is legal, however, many of the analysed free software 'download clients' and 'installers' do not properly disclose additional applications, which will be installed together with free programs chosen for download or installation.

Following successful installation, Ultra Notifier generates intrusive online advertisements, including sponsored links, banner ads, pop-unders, interstitial ads, coupons, video ads, and other online ads.

   
PriceMeter Ads

What is PriceMeter?

Created by DealPly Technologies Ltd, PriceMeter is a potentially unwanted browser extension claiming to save time and money by displaying best available deals and lowest prices within online stores. While such functionality may seem legitimate, be aware that the PriceMeter plug-in is considered to be adware.

The developers of this rogue browser add-on (DealPly) use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to distribute PriceMeter, and therefore, most users install it inadvertently without their knowledge.

Following successful infiltration, PriceMeter generates random intrusive online advertisements (banner and similar ads), which may lead to installation of other adware or even high-risk malware infections.

   

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