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EasyFileConvert Toolbar

EasyFileConvert Toolbar

EasyFileConvert Toolbar is an extension that was developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. If you do not keep yourself updated, you might not know that this company is responsible for hundreds of suspicious toolbars. Some of them include TotalRecipeSearch Toolbar, TestOnlineSpeed Toolbar, and ListingsPortal Toolbar. According to Anti-Spyware-101.com research team, these toolbars are primarily used for the promotion of third-party services, and it is likely that Mindspark is earning money every time a user of one of its toolbars is clicking on an affiliate link. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, and if the services offered are authentic and beneficial, the toolbar might be considered harmless. Unfortunately, besides promoting third-party links, the toolbar also introduces its users to a suspicious search tool, and this is where things get really suspicious. Can you trust this search tool? Can you trust the hijacker itself? These things are discussed in the report. We also discuss the removal of EasyFileConvert Toolbar, and you should continue reading even if you are convinced that this toolbar is harmless. Read more »

Weatherbuddy Ads

Weatherbuddy Ads

An application that goes by the name of Weatherbuddy Ads is questionable at best. After conducting its detailed analysis, our malware experts have classified it as one more potentially unwanted program. Such classification has been made because this application could act in a rather invasive manner. In some instances, it could interrupt your daily online experiences and might even be the main reason your PC could start working in a significantly slower way. Another reason this dubious application has been classified as a potentially unwanted program is its questionable distribution. To learn more about it in detail, make sure to read the rest of our report. We also include a few security tips to help you maintain a fully secure operating system along with a detailed removal guide that you should use to delete Weatherbuddy Ads once and for all. Read more »

Kill Alphashoppers Ads

Kill Alphashoppers Ads as a browser extension for Google Chrome that our security experts have classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and suggest that you remove it because its primary goal is to show you annoying advertisements. It might get onto your PC accidentally because its developers distribute it using several methods. Some of these methods are more deceptive and can install this program on your PC without your knowledge. However, there is no conclusive evidence that Kill Alphashoppers Ads is actually malicious. Still, you ought to be careful because it comes from an unknown developer. Read more »

Advance System Care

Advance System Care

Advance System Care is yet another questionable application that claims to “clean, optimize, and speed up your PC”; however our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com has found that the free version of this software simply tries to push you quite aggressively to buy the full version. We have labeled this application as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it may not be as useful and effective as it promotes itself. In fact, this PUP is very similar to other PC optimizers, including Super System Optimizer, SystemKeeperPro, and System Care. The truth is that you cannot really trust the system scans this PUP may display since it is possible that most of it is just made up to convince you about buying the full product to be able to fix some alleged system errors. Since this questionable application may enter you system in a bundled version and may bring other, more serious threats on board, we suggest that you remove Advance System Care as well as all related potentially risky programs. Read more »

Show Fanatic

Show Fanatic

Show Fanatic is a new browser extension that may show up in your Google Chrome browser after you install a free program. In fact, it is quite likely that the free program is bundled with a number of malware threats as well, which could seriously increase the vulnerability of your virtual world. Our malware specialists at anti-spyware-101.com have categorized this tool as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it does not mean direct threat to your computer and cannot be called a malware infection. But you should not be misled by this and think that it is all fine to leave this extension in your browser. As a matter of fact, the longer you keep it on board, the more opportunity this PUP has to expose you to questionable third-party content through the search results of its promoted search engine page that shows up as your home page and new tab as well. Since it may not be sufficient for you to only remove Show Fanatic from your system, we suggest that you read our full report to learn more about this PUP and its possible companions. Read more »

Screenshared Ads

Screenshared Ads

Before installing an application we call Screenshared Ads, you should ask yourself if you really need such software since the chances are it could make the system vulnerable to threats. Firstly, users should know the tool falls under the classification of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). That is because the application might inject suspicious advertisements when the user is searching the Internet. Apparently, these ads might have links that may lead you to web pages distributing different PUPs, adware, and other untrustworthy software. If you do not want to see such irritating and possibly harmful content every time you browse, we recommend the program’s removal. For instance, Screenshared Ads could be deleted manually; the process is not particularly complicated, and if you need any help you can follow the instructions available at the end of the article. Read more »

The Winarcher Pup

The Winarcher Pup, as its name clearly shows, is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that can remain unnoticed on your computer as it has no real function that could be even remotely useful for you. As a matter of fact, our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com say that this PUP is completely useless but, at the same time, it might put your virtual security at risk. It is never safe to keep a questionable file or application on your system when you do not even know what its main goal or function is. Since this Windows service file may spy on you and send information to remote servers, we believe that you should not let it operate on your system. We recommend that you remove The Winarcher Pup along with all potential threat sources you may find on your computer. Remember that you cannot be secure while using a PC that gives home to even one single potentially harmful program. Please read our full report to find out more about this PUP and how it is possible to defend your system from similar threats or worse. Read more »

NoteHomepage Toolbar

NoteHomepage Toolbar

Mindspark Interactive Network is at it again. After several months of keeping a low profile, they have resumed the release of their bad toolbars. NoteHomepage Toolbar in the newest addition and just as worthy of being removed as the rest of Mindsparks toolbars. Mindspark in infamous for its highly intrusive browser toolbars/extensions that offer a useless service and then replace the homepage address to compel you to use their search engine. However, the search engine is unreliable, so we do not recommend you to use it. We invite you to read this description if you want to find out more. Read more »

DailyProductivityTools Toolbar

DailyProductivityTools Toolbar

DailyProductivityTools Toolbar is an application that might be tempting to have active on your personal computer because it is advertised as a piece of software that should allow you to schedule your daily activities right within your web browser. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. In reality, it can function in a rather invasive manner that could make surfing the web a much more annoying experience. As it turns out this dubious toolbar is capable of making undesirable changes to your web browser’s default settings in a quick and easy manner. Due to these capabilities, this application has been classified as a potentially unwanted program. We highly advise you to delete this questionable piece of software as it mostly exhibits intrusive features. To remove DailyProductivityTools Toolbar in its entirety make sure to use comprehensive instructions that we provide below. Read more »

Search-selector.co

Search-selector.co

Search-selector.co is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) targeted at users who browse with Google Chrome. The extension’s creators claim it can provide you with “The leading search engines, at your fingertips.” However, our researchers at Anti-spyware-101.com who tested the tool themselves doubt its benefits. It looks likes the software’s usage might be risky since it may display suspicious advertisements from its third-party associates. Therefore, we advise users not to risk their computer’s safety for such a questionable application. If you still have some doubts and cannot decide what to do about Search-selector.co, you could continue reading the article and get more information about this PUP. As for users who do not want to take any chances with it, we recommend removing the threat with the instructions located below or with a reliable antimalware tool of their choice. Read more »