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What is SnipSmart?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, SnipSmart is a rogue browser add-on claiming to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and other functions.
Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that SnipSmart is considered to be adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP) 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.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, SnipSmart generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browser activity.
What is search.top-arama.com?
The search.top-arama.com website claims to be a legitimate Internet search engine. The appearance of this site is similar or identical to regular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing. Therefore, users often believe search.top-arama.com to be a legitimate website.
In fact, this site is promoted using deceptive software 'installer set-ups' developed to modify Internet browser settings without users' permission. In addition, this site often tracks Internet browsing activity.
What is search.beautifulcalendar.net?
Search.beautifulcalendar.net is presented as a legitimate Internet search engine. On initial inspection, this website may seem legitimate, however, it is promoted using browser-hijacking software 'installers' that stealthily modify Internet browser settings without users' permission. Furthermore, this site collects various information relating to Internet browsing activity.
What is search.iqasearch.com?
Identical to search.mysportsxp.com, search.tv-newtabsearch.com, and a number of other websites, search.iqasearch.com claims to be a legitimate Internet search website that also provides quick access to various social networks.
The appearance of this site is identical to other regular Internet search engines and, therefore, some users believe search.iqasearch.com to be a legitimate website.
In fact, this site is promoted using deceptive browser-hijacking software 'installers' that modify web browser settings without users' permission. In addition, search.iqasearch.com records various Internet browsing-related information.
What is Spyware Clear?
Spyware Clear is a spyware removal toolkit that allows users to protect their system from various infections. On initial inspection, this application may seem legitimate, however, it has one flaw - Spyware Clear is often distributed as a 'bundle' with various other software. For this reason, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
What kind of application is PC Fix Speed?
The PC Fix Speed application allows users to improve computer performance by fixing registry errors, cleaning junk files, and performing other similar actions. On initial inspection, this functionality may seem legitimate, however, PC Fix Speed is often distributed as a 'bundle' with other software and is, thus, classed as an unwanted program.
What is MPC Cleaner?
MPC Cleaner is a legitimate application that allows users to improve their computer performance by cleaning various junk files, optimizing tasks, blocking malicious sites, and so on. Be aware, however, that this application is monetized using the 'Pay Per Click’ [PPC] advertising model.
Furthermore, MPC Cleaner is often distributed as a 'bundle' with other software and is, thus, categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
What is Search Protect by Client Connect Ltd?
Client Connect Ltd is responsible for developing a browser hijacker that redirects to the hxxp://www.trovi.com website. This browser hijacker infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) via free software downloads.
Developers of this browser settings-changing adware employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and, therefore, many computer users install the plug-in without their consent.
The Client Connect Ltd browser hijacker infiltrates computers through freeware downloads (for example, when installing "Manuals Search" or "Install Converter" applications) or when installing various community toolbars (mostly downloaded from the hxxp://ourtoolbar.com website).
After successful infiltration, this browser hijacker assigns the homepage and default search engine browser settings to hxxp://www.trovi.com. At time of research, this site redirected users to Bing (a legitimate Internet search engine), however, developers of this deceptive browser plug-in can redirect hxxp://www.trovi.com to malicious websites at any time.
What is Radamant?
Radamant is a malicious application that stealthily infiltrates the system and encrypts most stored files. Once encryption is successful, users are presented with a message stating that they must pay a ransom in exchange for a private key, which is used to decrypt files affected by Radamant.
A ransom of .5 BC (BitCoin) is demanded (at time of research, equivalent to $217.94) to regain control of their compromised data.
What is Weather Alert?
Weather Alert is presented as a legitimate application that supposedly notifies users of forthcoming storms.
On initial inspection, this functionality might appear legitimate and useful, however, due to its rogue behavior, Weather Alert is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware, since it infiltrates systems without users’ permission. It also generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.
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