What is AhoyTraveler?
AhoyTraveler is not what you think it is, unless you think that it is an unreliable program that should be erased from your operating system. Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers have found it injecting third-party ads, which is why we classify it as adware (advertising-supported software). Do you understand the risk of having adware running on your operating system? This software could open up security backdoors and help third parties reach out to you. Needless to say, there are plenty of malicious parties who could exploit the vulnerabilities associated with this program to their own benefit. If you want to learn more about the security risks related to adware, you should continue reading. Of course, we have created this report to help you remove AhoyTraveler, and, if this is the only thing that you are interested in, scroll down to the removal guide below.
How does AhoyTraveler work?
According to our researchers, AhoyTraveler is very similar to BeautyBrilliant, HealthySure, SecretCreditCard, and other allegedly helpful programs. Although the developer of these programs is unknown – and it is unknown whether it is the same developer – it is obvious that they function in the same way. As you install any of these programs, a separate Internet Explorer window will show up promoting third-party offers and deals. Since IE is pre-installed on all Windows versions, it is not surprising that this is the browser that is used to deliver ads. Although you might expect ads from AhoyTraveler, considering that it meant to deliver the so-called “Exclusive Offers” related to travel deals, it is unlikely that you will expect random surveys, subscription forms, and suspicious ads (e.g., “Today’s Deals”) as well. Unfortunately, you will be bombarded with ads for as long as you keep this adware installed on your PC. What is even worse is that ads might be shown to you by additional ad-supported programs as well. It was found in our internal lab that this adware could come packaged with other ad-injecting programs. Whether they are introduced to you by the official installer available at AhoyTraveler.com or via a software bundle, we do not recommend trusting them.
The official installer of AhoyTraveler might introduce you to various suspicious programs, and this heavily depends on where you are located. Although this adware is available to users all over the world, the additional programs might be specifically selecting according to your geographical location. Regardless, your location is unlikely to have any effect on the content show to you via the interface of this strange program. As you launch from the Desktop (a shortcut icon is added after installation), you will be shown the content of some website without its URL address. Additionally, the interface of this adware will be used to introduce you to Mindspark toolbars (e.g., MyFormsFinder Toolbar) and java\flash updates by bytedownloadlaboratory.com. If you install this software, you might let in even more suspicious programs, and they might inject ads promoting other strange programs and malware, and so on. Needless to say, you have to be extra cautious when installing software onto your computer, and you should not be afraid of doing a little bit of research every time. If you are not willing to invest time, you are likely to let in malware sooner or later.
How to eliminate AhoyTraveler
Do you need more information before you delete AhoyTraveler from your operating system? If you do, we welcome all questions and discussions in the comments section below. If you need no convincing that this is not the best program to keep on your PC, it is best you eliminate it as soon as possible. We have created a simple, short guide that will help you erase this adware in no time. Although other methods exist, we believe that this method is the easiest and most efficient, as you will not need to worry about leftovers. Of course, this guide will not help you eliminate other active threats, adware, or potentially unwanted programs. On top of that, you will have to figure out Windows protection. Now, if you choose to employ an automated remover, your operating system will be cleaned and protected simultaneously. Of course, this is what we recommend.
- Click the Start button on the Taskbar to open the Start menu.
- Open Control Panel and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
- Remove the undesirable application.
Windows Vista & Windows 7:
- Click the Windows logo on the Taskbar and click Control Panel.
- Navigate to the Programs menu and click Uninstall a program.
- Right-click the application you wish to get rid of and select Uninstall.
Windows 8 & Windows 10:
- Launch RUN (simultaneously tap Win+R) and enter Control Panel.
- Open the Programs menu and click Uninstall a program.
- Right-click the undesirable application and click the Uninstall button.
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