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ShutdownTime

ShutdownTime

Our cyber security experts have recently tested a program called ShutdownTime because it was reported as suspicious. They have found that this program features an adware component designed to show advertisements while you browse the web. For this reason, our experts classified it as a potentially unwanted program and suggest that you remove it because the ads are annoying and invasive. Apart from that this application seem to be okay. It is not malicious per say, but its adware component is a real turn off because its ads can be unreliable because we do not know where they come from. Read more »

TheTabSearch

TheTabSearch

TheTabSearch is a potentially unwanted program you could encounter after downloading an extension known as Search Extension by TheSearchTab. According to our specialists at Anti-spyware-101.com the mentioned tool might be distributed with the help of malicious software installers that the add-on could be bundled with. It is also important to say the software is currently compatible just with Google Chrome browser, so users surfing the Internet with different browsing applications may not encounter it. For users who would like to learn more about this potentially unwanted program, we encourage you to read the rest for the text, although if you would rather get rid of TheTabSearch, we recommend following the removal instructions we placed at the end of this report. Read more »

AbridorPDF

AbridorPDF

AbridorPDF might look like it has something to do with PDF documents, but we assure that this is just a disguise. Our security experts have tested it and found that its only feature is to replace Google Chrome’s new tab page and search provider with another search engine that we have previously classified as a browser hijacker. Therefore, researchers regard AbridorPDF as a potentially unwanted program and, thus, you should remove it because it does nothing useful and can only inject a malicious search engine into your browser. Read more »

BizarreHall

BizarreHall

BizarreHall is a new browser extension that could possibly put your system security at risk. In fact, our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com say that this tool is virtually identical to Polimva and a few more potentially unwanted programs (PUP) that have surfaced lately, coming from the same creators. Although this extension offers you viral content in two clicks, it also installs a questionable search engine that could expose you to potentially unreliable third-party advertisements and links that are promoted by this PUP. This tool may not enter your system alone, which could mean multiple threats on your system right now. If you do not want to infect your computer further or become the next victim of an awful online scam, we suggest that you remove BizarreHall from your browser as the first step towards a clean system. Please read on for more details. Read more »

Spider Sally Ads

Spider Sally Ads

If you are worried about various advertisements with the text Spider Sally Ads, that means that your Chrome browser contains the Spider Sally browser extension, which is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This browser extension is promoted in Google Web Store, which, unfortunately, is not the only source of the program. The Spider Sally extension might be also distributed as a bundle file, the use of which usually ends with the installation of unwanted programs. Spider Sally ads are displayed by third parties, and the developers of this extension do not accept responsibility for your interaction with third-party advertisements, which vary in size, type, and content. The Spider Sally extension should be removed from the browser to minimize the risk of getting the computer infected, and, if you are still wondering whether to remove the extension or not, we invite you to continue reading to learn more about this PUP. Read more »

Recipes Extension

Recipes Extension

It is possible that you notice a change in your home page, default search engine, or your new tab page in your browsers because Recipes Extension finds a way to your system. This Google Chrome browser extension caught the attention of our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com, who found that this tool is indeed a potentially unwanted program, also known as PUP. This questionable extension was created by Clever App, S.L. based in Madrid, Spain. It claims to offer thousands of “tasty recipes” and more, but our biggest worry is actually the questionable search website it installs in your browser. This search engine has in fact been labeled as a browser hijacker for its ability to change your browser settings. Since this search page can present potentially unreliable search results to you, you could infect your system with more serious threats, such as adware programs, if you were to engage with them. We recommend that you do not hesitate to remove Recipes Extension from your computer. Please read our full article to learn more about how you can possibly avoid similar threats in the future. Read more »

The Affirmativo

The Affirmativo is thought to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It means the application’s reliability could be in question and it might work in an undesirable manner, for which some of you might want to get rid of it. We should mention that at the moment it works only on Google Chrome as there are no reports about versions compatible with other browsers. If the application’s removal is why you are here, we encourage you to slide below this report and use the available deletion instructions. However, if before eliminating the PUP you would like to get more information about it, we invite you to read our article first. While doing so, users can find out where The Affirmativo comes from and most importantly how it can affect one’s browsing habits. Read more »

PCGuardian

PCGuardian

PCGuardian might seem like a fine program to have up and running on your personal computer. On its official website, it is advertised as a great tool that every Internet user should have because it should optimize your personal computer for the best possible performance. It should be able to clean your registry system and delete any other devious content from your PC. While it might seem like a great tool to have up and running on your computer, the reality is quite different. In fact, malware experts working at our internal labs have classified this application as a potentially unwanted program that should not be active on your PC. Such categorization has been made for a few reasons, one of them being is the questionable functionality of this application. Another one is its suspicious functionality. To learn more about PCGuardian and understand why its complete removal is critical, be sure to read the rest of our article. Below we provide detailed removal instructions to help you get rid of this program in no time at all. Read more »

FileConvertOnline Toolbar

FileConvertOnline Toolbar

FileConvertOnline Toolbar is one of the potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from the Mindspark family. It means the tool was created by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc; an unreliable software developer responsible for many other similar PUPs and untrustworthy programs alike. This alone signalizes the application should not be trusted. Therefore, if you would like to keep your system clean and do not wish to risk endangering it, we would recommend removing FileConvertOnline Toolbar without any hesitation. As always our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com prepared deletion instructions to assist you with this task. In the rest of the text you can find other important details about this suspicious extension, so if you wish to know it better, we invite you to read the rest of it. Read more »

Polimva

Polimva

Polimva is a browser extension for Google Chrome that our malware researchers classified as a potentially unwanted program because it is distributed via software bundles that can install this program secretly and via deceptive links featured on third-party websites. It changes the default search provider of your browser. This program is not malicious per se, but we find it unreliable and suggest removing it because it does not do anything useful but distributed in ways to ensure that you get it accidentally. In this article, we will talk about its functionality, distribution, and removal methods. Read more »