What is BabyBrowse?
Adware infections are on the rise again with programs such as BabyBrowse taking front and center. Even though this application is not an immediate threat, you should remove it regardless because if you do not, then you will leave your computer vulnerable to other more serious infections. Our researchers have discovered that this particular application is set to promote baby and parenting-related websites that feature content which seems to be legitimate at the moment, but looking back at how BabyBrowse’s clones worked in the past, we believe that this particular application may compromise your PC’s security. Therefore, because this program’s reputation as dangerous has yet to be properly established, we will not only show you how to delete this adware but provide you with information about how it work and where it comes from.
Where does BabyBrowse come from?
Our website has recently published an article about Underground Coupon, another adware-type program that our researchers have found as profoundly malicious because it promotes malicious and unreliable software. We want to inform you that both Underground Coupon and BabyBrowse come from the same group of developers, a so-called “company” called Flatiron Media LLC. We have concluded that this company is in the online advertising business and is responsible for thousands of computers becoming infected with the likes of Travel Giga, CrunchTravel, Social Pogo, and now BabyBrowse. So, in order to avoid getting your computer infected with this type of adware, you have to know its distribution methods to avoid it.
Our malware analysts have discovered that this particular adware is hosted at a website called Babybrowse.com. It is a website dedicated to distributing this website, and it was set up by none other than Flatiron Media LLC. The installer bundled with this program is called InstallCore. This is an important factor in classifying a program as malicious, and it is malicious because its installer is bound to install additional malware, such as Search Know and Yoursearching.com. Furthermore, our researchers think that this application will get bundled with other software and put up for download on freeware-sharing websites. So BabyBrowse distribution appears to be legitimate, but its installer also features additional malware that may be worse that this program.
What does BabyBrowse do?
By now you already know that this application displays promotional links and advertisements, but how they are presented is a whole different matter. Our malware researchers have tested this application and found that it works similarly to its clone applications. It features a dedicated adverting window that you can open yourself at any moment by double-clicking its desktop shortcut, or it will launch automatically at any time. Furthermore, this program can also force open Internet Explorer and load other promoted websites. The dedicated advertising window promotes http://www.thebump.com only while Internet Explorer can promote a long list of website that includes http://homeincomenews.org/index.php?a=46&s1=1271#.Vx_ixbvmrcs and https://thrivemarket.com/moms?utm_source=Coreg&utm_medium=Lexicon&utm_campaign=240156&lex_click_id=339874707&utm_content=1271-, which are legitimate sites, and they feature parenting-related information.
However, some of the promoted sites are not that legitimate. For example, http://reg.coolsavings.com/rd_p?p=351718&t=24725&c=&a=1636&uid=1020bf6758ddb47282484992e8d17f asks you for your email address, name, zip code, city, and so on to send you free samples of baby products, but we doubt that you will get them. We think that it just collects information to spam your email box with promotions. Another website that this adware promotes is http://download.safepcrepair.com/index.jhtml?partner=^AW7^xdm326&sub_id=316650_3631. This website host a download of SafePCRepair Toolbar a potentially unwanted program that comes with a search engine that will hijack your browser’s homepage and display ads in its search results. As you can see, online advertising is all the rage now, and there are no signs of its decline. Shady companies will try to get you to install their malicious software using dishonest marketing tactics, so if you got BabyBrowse on your computer, then we recommend that you remove it.
How do I remove BabyBrowse?
We hope that this description was useful, and now you are ready to get rid of this application. Our malware researchers have determined that you can easily uninstall it via Control Panel. If you do not know how to do this, please refer to the instructions at the end of this article. If you have more than one malicious website, then look for a removal guide on Anti-spyware-101.com and if you cannot find it, then try our recommended antimalware application that is sure to eradicate all malware and keep your PC safe from future infections.
- Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Identify the unwanted program and click the Remove button.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- Press the Windows Key on your keyboard.
- Click Control Panel and select Uninstall a program.
- Identify the application and click the Remove button.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
- Open the Charm bar.
- Click Search, enter Uninstall a program and open it.
- Identify the adware and right-click on it.
- Click Uninstall.
- Type Control Panel in the search bar located on the Taskbar.
- Go to Uninstall a program and identify the adware.
- Right-click on it.
- Click Uninstall.
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