MyStartSearch.com

Don’t you get bored when a computer infection comes back again and again with the same set of tools of trade? I mean, there’s nothing new or significant about MyStartSearch, and yet a lot of users have to suffer this browser hijacker on their computers. From what I gather, not everyone knows how to remove MyStartSearch.com from their browsers, and it is not some lousy adware app you could easily delete via Control Panel. Even so, there is nothing to be afraid of because MyStartSearch.com is not some extra malicious infection. It’s good to be on the cautious side, but you know, if you panic, you’re pretty much done for it.

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When users panic, they are bound to make rash decisions that lead to dire consequences. For example, when you get infected with MyStartSearch.com, this browser hijacker modifies your default browser settings (I mean, what else is new?), but at the same time, it provides you with a new search service, adorned with shortcuts to your most commonly-visited websites. How does MyStartSearch.com know what kind of shortcuts to display? Easy, the browser hijacker collects data on what websites you visit, and so it can more or less make a pretty decent guess of what you would want to have for your shortcuts. Continue reading

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On Positive Finds Removal

You know you’re old when you don’t find the likes of Positive Finds surprising at all. Another symptom of old age is the phrase “these days.” If you find yourself repeating it over and over again, congrats, join the oldie wagon. I think that adware and the search habits of the people “these days” are somewhat related. I mean, it’s not problem to remove Positive Finds on your own, but I find it peculiar that some people don’t even try. Like, seriously? How hard it is to open your Control Panel and actually UNINSTALL the program in question? One could think your fingers would fall off if you tried.

Nah, I’m not directing it at YOU, it’s just a figure of speech, you know. But what I mean is that back in the days (aaaaaand, the oldie attitude kicks in) we were really thorough about our search and research. Nowadays, I get the feeling that people either a) don’t bother using the search service we are offered; or b) can’t be bothered to actually READ carefully. I mean, it’s okay if someone who’s not that savvy in computers gets infected with Positive Finds (okay, it’s not okay, but just… let’s leave it be), because not everyone is educated enough to know what one should be careful about on the Internet.

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What bothers me the most, however, is that we take it for granted that the younger generation that group up with computers and the Internet since cradle KNOWS everything about Internet safety, computer security, and the dangers one might face if one installs the likes of Positive Finds. Contrary to what people believe, if you’re not interested in computers, you won’t know what’s good or bad, even if you grew up working with one since you were a toddler. I mean, it would be the same as expect every guy to be an awesome mechanic and every lady to be good in kitchen. Stereotype much? Continue reading

Flipora Hijacker

Trust me to keep an article in drafts for over a week, thinking it has been published already… *looks at the previous post*

*facepalm*

Well, anyways, apart from me being a totally absent-minded wacko, I guFliporaess there are more important things we should discuss. Like Flipora Hijacker. Once again, I’m taking the most comment search keyword for this application, because I’m pretty sure it’s not so much of a scary and malicious browser hijacker, rather than just a potentially unwanted program. Nevertheless, I’d say remove Flipora Hijacker from your PC if you want your peace back. Continue reading

Delta-Homes

Hey, what’s up! Coming back with yet another boring article here. Yeah, I know, I know, I should probably post pictures and videos from my daily life or so, bDelta-Homesut what can I do if these cyber garbage just keep on coming? So say hello to Delta-Homes now, the newest kid on the browser hijacker block. To be honest, to me it looks very similar to Qone8.com and other browser hijackers from the bunch. The only difference is that PortaldoSites or Qone8 had only a search box in their home pages, while Delta-Homes comes with an entire new package – a search box, a list of shortcuts to popular website domains (Facebook, YouTube, eBay etc) and ads for online gaming sites.

So at first glance it may seem that Delta-Homes is a rather nice search provider and all, especially as it gives you links to other popular sites, but if you asked me, THAT is the main problem. If it weren’t enough for the potentially rigged search results, this browser hijacker creates even more chances for you to get hacked or infected with malware via flash ads. Continue reading

Qone8.com

I wrote about PortaldoSites the other day, and now here’s another browser hijacker that actually does exactly the same thing. So you may ask, why bother? That, my friends is a very good question, and the answer to it is that some users consider Qone8.com to be a reliable (!) search engine, which is obviously not the case. This website is a browser hijacker, because it changes your home page without your permiLaptop-Malware-Data-Safession. Although it seems to perform regular search engine services and functions, the fact that it settles down on your browser without your permission is a huge no-no.

The site itself does not host malware or anything like that, but we are more concerned with what it can lead you, if you end up using its search engine service. For example, Qone8.com could be related to commercial third-party advertisements. What’s wrong with ads, you may ask. Don’t they help you find out the things you need? Yes, sure. As long as they are not related to computer malware, but Qone8.com is usually not responsible for the third party ads that are displayed through it, so it might be as well that you end up being infected with malware if you click on any of these advertisements. Continue reading

MIXI.DJ Toolbar

I sometimes wonder. Are really toolbars that useful? I don’t even use that additional search bar I have on my Firefox browser, let alone utilize any toolbar, even though I spend more than half of my day on the Internet. So, I still find it odd how people download and install things like MIXI.DJ Toolbar. Sure, I mean, there’s nothing wrong with it, and you can easily get a hold of the toolbar at mixidj.ourtoolbar.com. The official stance is that the toolbar is supposed to “improve your Internet browsing experience”. The be more precise – MIXI.DJ Toolbar is out to provide a direct access to your favorite YouTube videos and media players related to them. To tailor video search to your liking, the toolbar has to employ cookies to collect various information about your browsing habits.mixi dj

To be honest, I have enough cookies on my browsers already, to keep up with the number of passwords and logins I have (yeah, I know, it’s not that secure), but having yet another toolbar for something I seldom do? I don’t know about it. I mean, MIXI.DJ Toolbar is published by Conduit Ltd. and this program has already created a bunch of other browser extensions like 2YourFace, Widgi Toolbar and it’s even related to Incredibar! Now how do I know that? Well, that’s because when you install the default version of MIXI.DJ Toolbar, your home page is changed to mystart.incredibar.com. Plain obvious, isn’t it? Continue reading

Certified Toolbar

It seems like we’re getting loads of these toolbars nowadays, ain’t it? They’re kinda annoying, because they’re sort of useful, and yet they’re not exactly, so why on earth should we have on our computers, right? Well, this time it’s Certified Toolbar. If you access the official website for this toolbar at certified-toolbar.com, Certified Toolbar will present itself as a “simple, light-weight tool that features tested and proven applicationsddd“. Well, basically, you install it on your browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, you name it), and then all of your favorite apps (Like Facebook, Skype, Twitter etc) are just one click away.

Huh, sounds very nice and all, but why then I see a soar in “Remove Certified Toolbar” searches this January? Clearly, not everyone is satisfied with this browser extension. To be a devil’s advocate here, I have to say that Certified Toolbar is not a virus. You can’t really classify it as a computer threat, because the official website offers instructions on how to uninstall Certified Toolbar. So there, fair and square. Continue reading