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

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

Vosteran Search

I bet it would be pretty annoying to open your browser and see that your homepage is not your homepage anymore. I have this Vosteran Search at hand at the moment, and even though I can see that it’s not much a big deal, I guess it can still make people sweat because it’s just THAT annoying. I mean, it’s kind of confusing to see something like that on your screen, when you don’t even remember installing it, right? So there, here’s the deal: you DID install Vosteran Search. And now I’m here to help you out remove it.

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What is Vosteran Search? How did it get on my computer? Oh my gosh, what did I do? Aliens!! Umm, not exactly. You see, the problem with such nuisances like Vosteran Search is that users allow them to enter their computers without any second thoughts. Why? Because they don’t know the risks! Vosteran Search is a genuine browser hijacker that interrupts your web browsing experience, and yet users indulge in practices that lead to such infections on a daily basis. Have you downloaded anything recently? Was it a freeware app? Did you get it at the official website or find it at some third-party webpage? If so, then we probably have the culprit here. Continue reading

iStartSurf.com

You might wonder why I am doing a piece of istartsurf.com, when there’s already an article on istart.webssearches.com down below. Well, yeah, you’ve got me. These two search engines are practically one and the same, but you know, it wouldn’t hurt just to be sure. So what is istartsurf.com? Well, a search engine, and most probably a browser hijacker. Which is obvious. Now, if you have this bugger on your browser, then it is quite clear that you need to remove istartsurf.com ASAP. I wouldn’t want to have it. No sir.iStartSurf

But wait! Someone might say. Why the hell not? It looks nice and sophisticated and for all we know it might work just fine. Well, to be honest, the same can be applied to all the other browser hijackers out there from the same family. Istartsurf.com looks nice. Yes. Istartsurf.com provides you with shortcuts to Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, eBay and other popular websites. Yes. Also true. But it also collects info on what sites you visit and it displays commercial ads. Although commercials are an inescapable part of our lives, these are the types of ads you might want to avoid. After all, istartsurf.com is not an application we can trust. 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

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