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

Binkiland Search

When I wrote about Vosteran Search a few months back, I was foolishly hoping it would be the last I hear of this browser hijacker family. Alas, that really was too much of a foolish hope. Here we have another browser hijacker from the same family called Binkiland. It is just as resistant to removal as Vosteran Search, Astromenda, Taplika, and so on.

This new infection has a cute name, I can give it that. Maybe that’s why for a time being some users might be lulled into thinking that Binkiland is the real deal. But you know I wouldn’t be happy to find binkiland.com set as my homepage. I mean, just recently it had your own homepage, with your personal customizations, and then BAM – suddenly you see two palm trees and a hammock (vacation, anyone?) with a search box below.

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I sometimes find it disturbing how users disregard such modifications to their browser settings. Constant pop-ups, annoying ads, various redirections – they tend to take it for granted, as if that’s perfectly normal and one should be surprised to experience that. However, Binkiland and other annoying infections aren’t something you should tolerate! Trust me, this kind of browser settings modifications are nothing but bad news. It means that your computer’s security has been compromised and your web browsing habits are being monitored. 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

CouponDropDown

I believe you commonly encounter browser extensions and plug-ins that are supposed to make your life easier. CouponDropDown is there to make your online shopping experience absolutely splendid. The negative aspect of using such browser plug-ins is that you can never know who or when it is going to be exploited. Therefore, you will find a lot of security websites out there, saying that you should remove CouponDropDown if you want to avoid serious trouble.coupondrop

To be absolutely fair, CouponDropDown is not a dangerous infection or anything like that. It is an adware program that once installed can tell you the number of coupons available for each online shopping website you visit. CouponDropDown can be installed on all major Internet browsers – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The official website for CouponDropDown also provides Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Uninstall sections if users wish to uninstall the plug-in. Continue reading

Snap.do – snap out of it!

Have you ever stumbled across Snap.do website? It looks very clean and user-friendly, but oh boy you sure don’t know what hides behind it, right? This website offers a browser plug-in that is supposed to “enhance” browsing experience. However, “modify” is the word, if you asked me. Especially when we find out that it’s excruciatingly hard to remove Snap.do. What legitimate application would not allow a user to remove it? Very fishy.

Now, why did I say “modify” in the first place? Simple, instead of making the browsing easier and efficient, Snap.do redirects user to websites that have something in common with the company behind Snap.do. Also, we can never be sure whether the websites the user is redirected to are absolutely safe. I wouldn’t bet on that. Especially as we can see that Snap.do monitors user’s browsing habits in order to display a list of commercial advertisements. And ONCE AGAIN, we cannot guarantee that these commercial ads aren’t embedded with some suspicious links. I mean, one click on a link to a malicious websites, and Snap.do won’t be the only problem you have to deal with. Continue reading