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Spring Smart Virus

What is Spring Smart?

Spring Smart is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Computer users often install this plugin when downloading free software.

The plugin claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by displaying website reviews and enabling multiple website search capabilities.

Note that while this added functionality may seem legitimate, in fact, this browser plugin is categorized as adware since it diminishes browser performance, tracks users' Internet browsing habits (recording the IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, etc.) and displays various unwanted ads (including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads).

   
LocalMoxie Virus

What is LocalMoxie?

LocalMoxie is a dubious website (Internet search engine) promoted using free software downloads. It hijacks users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) and assigns the homepage and default search engine settings to Localmoxie.com

Moreover, this browser hijacker installs several browser 'helper objects', which prevent any user modification of the aforementioned settings.

A common source of this adware is free software download websites, which employ 'download clients' to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs, which manage the process of software download and also offer installation of free browser plugins. They commonly cause unwilling installation of potentially unwanted applications.

   
Govome Search Virus

What is Govome?

The Govome search virus is a browser hijacker, which installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent and causes browser redirects to the govome.com website.

This website uses a deceptive Internet search engine crowded with sponsored search results, which lead to installation of potentially unwanted applications, malicious websites, or invasions of privacy. Internet users often experience such redirect issues after downloading and installing free softwxare.

The creators of the Govome browser hijacker use freeware 'download clients' to distribute their adware.

   
Savings and Coupon Ads

What is Savings and coupon?

This removal guide explains how computer users can remove savings and coupon ads from appearing within their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox). Within this article, the term 'savings and coupon ads' is used to describe potentially unwanted applications (adware) created by 215 Apps (also known as Innovative Apps or Engaging Apps).

These browser plugins self-install using free software 'download clients' and cause diminished browser performance, unwanted coupon ads when visiting online shopping websites, and may also lead to serious privacy issues.

Browser extensions created by this company are known to track users' Internet browsing habits by recording various information, including but not limited to, browser type, operating system type, and IP addresses.

   
Kozaka Ads

What is Kozaka?

The Kozaka browser plugin displays website reviews and its developers also claim that it allows users to search multiple sites simultaneously.

In fact, the Kozaka extension is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application since it installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent and causes various unwanted ads. Commonly, Internet users install this unwanted browser add-on when downloading and installing free software.

The browser extension is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Unwilling installation of Kozaka is caused by dubious 'download clients' or free software 'installers'.

   
Web Surf Shield Virus

What is Surf Shield?

The 'Web Surf Shield virus' is a term used to describe a Windows Hosts file-modifying Trojan. This security infection was created by cyber criminals to trick unsuspecting PC users into completing deceptive online surveys, and thus, generate affiliate revenue from them.

Commonly, this Hosts file hijacker infiltrates systems through fake downloads (such as Facebook password-hacking tools, router password-hacking tools, etc), P2P networks, and infected email messages. After successful infiltration, the Web Surf Shield Trojan modifies the Host file of an infected operating system by adding various entries.

This modification assigns Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) redirects to the Web Surf Shield page, which states "Access to this page has been temporally blocked. Please take time to download our web shield update below. You can continue accessing the site after installing update. Thank you".

   
Mindspark toolbar

What is Mindspark toolbar?

The Mindspark company develops various toolbars and extensions for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Internet users can download these browser plugins from their homepage, however, they commonly install together with free software downloaded from the Internet, or via deceptive banner advertisements.

Many Internet users report that Mindspark toolbars were installed on their Internet browsers without their consent. Such unwilling installation can be caused by freeware 'download clients', which advertise browser plugins during the download phase of the chosen software.

Mindspark toolbars are also advertised on various download websites via banner ads. These promote the browser extensions and display download buttons. Thus, Internet users often download these toolbars in the belief that they are downloading free software.

   
Websearch.search-guide.info Virus

What is websearch.search-guide.info?

The Websearch.search-guide.info browser hijacker installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this adware modifies users' Internet browser settings including the homepage and default search engine domains.

Moreover, this adware installs several browser 'helper object', which block attempts to roll back these changes. At time of research, this adware was 'bundled' with a program called SkypEmoticons.

Developers of this free program promote the websearch.search-guide.info browser hijacker using a deceptive installer, which tricks unsuspecting computer users into installing browser setting-modifying adware together with the free software.

   
Scorpion Saver Ads

What is Scorpion Saver?

Scorpion Saver is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this browser add-on generates intrusive ads when users visit online shopping websites such as Best Buy, Expedia, Walmart, etc.

Note that whilst many Internet users refer to Scorpion Saver as a virus, technically it is not - this browser plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware. In most cases, unwilling installation of this browser add-on is caused by 'download clients', which are used by free software download websites.

They manage the download process of the chosen free software, however, also promote various browser plugins. Thus, reckless freeware download can lead to inadvertent installation of Scorpion Saver or other adware.

   
Win32/FakeSysDef

What is Win32/FakeSysDef family?

The Win32/FakeSysDef family of rogue system optimizers are created by cyber criminals. Fake programs from this family infiltrate users' computers via security vulnerabilities and then perform fake system scans, resulting in the 'detection' of serious hardware (commonly, Hard Disk Drive HDD) issues.

These programs display fake hard disk drive errors with the intention of scaring PC users into purchasing the 'full version' of the program.

After successful infiltration, rogue programs from this family modify the operating system settings and registry entries, and configure themselves to start automatically on each system start-up. To make the fake hardware errors appear authentic, bogus system scanners hide users' desktop icons and Start menu entries.

   

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