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

istart.webssearches.com

I think I will get on people’s nerves with these random browser hijackers posts, but you know when you get to know them, it suddenly gets funny. I mean, a few months ago I wrote about Nation Zoom, hoping that if we’re lucky, we’re seeing the last of this bunch. Alas, if you guys get redirected to istart.webssearches.com, then I’ve got some bad news to you – you’ve got hit by a browser hijacker. I know it looks like a nice and sleek search engine, but believe me – if you don’t remove istart.webssearches.com on time, you’re in for a big trouble.

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Those of you who have encountered things like Nation Zoom or Aartemis before will probably ask: is this the same crap? Yep, unfortunately, istart.webssearches.com is from the same group as all the previous infections from Qvo6 family. However, there’s one stark difference. This new browser hijacker comes with a Control Panel ENTRY. Can you imagine that? I mean, when you open a list of installed programs on Control Panel, Webssearches is there, or “Webssearches uninstaller” more likely. It kind of gives you an impression that you can remove istart.webssearches.com on your own, even if afterwards you need to restore browser settings and what not. Continue reading

Nation Zoom

When a search engine is called like that one would think that it can “zoom in” on the most relevant search keywords for you and so on, but these days we live in a world where we can trust no one. And this rule definitely applies to the Internet environment as well. I sometimes even get user traffic via such fake search engines as Nation Zoom, but seriously – what prompts you use anything else than the well-established and trustworthy search engines such as Bing, Yahoo! or Google? Hatred towards monopoly, desire to be unique, fear that you might be watched? nation zoom

I say that we’re watched all the time anywhere. It is definitely unnerving, but I had a choice between being tracking by Google or Nation Zoom, I’d choose Google. Why? Because Nation Zoom is a browser hijacker, that’s why! If you want to switch from Google to Bing, you can do it with ease, but if you want to switch from Nation Zoom to some other search provider, boy, aren’t you in trouble or what. Continue reading

Aartemis

Have any of you guys seen “Face Off”? Pretty freaky movie, but let’s just use for comparison’s sake – you peel off the skin, put on another one, and BAM – you’re a new person. Right? Well, definitely wrong, because you can never change what you are inside (I sound so philosophically romantic now). Anyways, that’s the main point with computer infections as well. And here now I bring you Aartemis, the new reliable search engine that will definitely improve your web browsing experience.

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NOT. You seriously couldn’t have believed that. Aartemis is one of those “Face-Off” cases, when it looks like a new and sleek software application on outside, but deep down inside is the same good (bad?) old Castor Troy. So here’s what we have with Aartemis as well. I mean, it looks like a search engine related to the Ancient Greek goddess (*cough*Artemis*cough*), but in reality it just a browser hijacker from the same group as Dosearches – an infection I’ve talk about previously. So much of a renewal. Still can’t hide your nasty nature. Continue reading

SweetIM Search

I was talking about Yontoo Layers Client yesterday, and today I need to say a few words on SweetIM Search. Call it an adware or a browser extension, or whichever way you prefer, the fact remains that SweetIM Search is a troublesome piece of software. I’m not saying that it is a computer virus, not by a long shot. But when you see that your home page is being changed to search.sweetim.com and you don’t remember having it done yourself, something is off, right? Well, that happens because SweetIM Search gets installed on your computer together with other freeware, and you probably don’t even notice when that happens.search

We can clearly see that SweetIM Search is directly related to sweetpacks.com website, and my recommendation is to steer away from it. Yeah, it’s not packed with viruses or any of the sort, but when a browser plugin does not want to be removed easily? I’d say something’s fishy about it. Especially, as SweetIM Search kind of tries to conceal the fact that your Home page and the default search provider are being changed. Hmm… Suspicious, isn’t it? Continue reading

Yontoo Layers Client

Here we go again with things that are not exactly threats but they are. Don’t know what I’m talking about? I mean browser add-ons like Yontoo Layers Client, that are not computer viruses and YET we cannot trust them completely. I wouldn’t be writing about that, if I haven’t seen people trying to remove Yontoo Layers Client from their computers. Now why would anyone want to remove something like Yontoo?

Simple, this browser add-on exhibits an intrusive behavior. What is more, it makes use of unethical methods to find its way into your computers. To be honest, when I try to access yontoo.com which is the official lens20414257_1358259173website for Yontoo Layers Client, my antivirus program even blocks the site, saying that it’s been known to host dangerous content. Suspicious much?

Sure, the official website might claim that Yontoo Layers Client is a great application that improves your overall browsing experience, giving the Internet an individual customization, but whoah whoah – hold your horses. Fact – Yontoo Layers Client is NOT a virus, and it is not dangerous on its own. Question – does this browser add-on come alone? Well that is highly doubtful. Yontoo Layers Client commonly arrives bundled with free software applications, and it can be easily misused and exploited by a third party to deliver malware and what not. After all, Yontoo Layers Client is closely related to DropDownDeals, PageRage and other applications that are not so squeaky clean after all. Continue reading