What is LastPass?
LastPass is the name of a fake Google Chrome browser extension that may introduce you to potentially harmful web content and applications through redirections. As a matter of fact, this rouge application simply takes advantage of the popularity of a program with the same name. The original software is a password manager just like Keychain and 1Password. But this fake extension does not even have any function really apart from loading a specific webpage and present to you potentially unsafe third-party ads. You should not keep this worthless tool on your computer unless you plan to download more malware infections. In fact, we advise you to delete LastPass as soon as possible. If you want to have an application that can really store your passwords securely, we suggest that you download one from its official website. Please continue reading our article to find out more about this infection.
Where does LastPass come from?
According to our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com, this fake application was developed by AdGetBlock. If you check the official website of the original and legitimate LastPass software, lastpass.com, you can clearly see that the developer’s name is actually the same as that of the application. This fake extension used to be hosted at the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lastpass-free-password-ma/fbcbacllniphpeoblhnelengbdndhoof, but we believe that it was taken down during the past weeks. Most likely this infection has been reported as potentially harmful. This should be a good enough reason for you to remove LastPass if you find it on your computer.
As a matter of fact, hundreds of tools actually get blocked in this store and by the Chrome browsers as well. Therefore, you should not take it for granted when you install an application through this store. We advise you to always run a web search before downloading or installing any software really. You may find out, for example, that your target is indeed an adware application or worse. We also suggest that you keep away from unreliable file-sharing websites, including torrent and freeware sites, if you want to download legitimate movies or software because these sites usually host unsafe third-party ads. One click on the wrong content could infect your PC with a whole bundle of malware threats. If you have ever visited such sites, we believe that you are better off running a malware scanner on your system to detect all possible threats after you remove LastPass.
How does LastPass work?
In reality this extension has no real function. All it does is that it redirects to a specific page, appforchrome.com/download.php?id=75, where you can be exposed to a number of indirectly and potentially harmful third-party ads. These ads may take you to promotional websites that try to convince you to install potentially unreliable applications by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. This company is notorious for its questionable programs, such as its useless toolbars and new tab pages, which all can introduce you to unsafe web content and more infections. It is very easy to get confused on appforchrome.com to click on such ads instead of a real download link, which is actually hardly noticeable. We do not think that it is safe to keep such a worthless extension on your computer as it may also be exploited by cyber criminals. Although it seems that this infection does not spread on the web anymore, it is still likely that some users have it on their systems. We hope that you understand the potential risk this application may mean to you and your system. Removing LastPass is the only way to make sure that your computer becomes less vulnerable.
How can I delete LastPass?
The only good thing about this annoying browser extension is that you can easily get rid of it if you remove it through the settings of your Google Chrome browser. If you have never done this before, please use the guide we have included below this article. It is quite easy to end up with such infections on your computer. A lot of times you would not even think how harmful a malware program can be. You may only see a number of annoying but innocent-looking advertisements or browser changes. However, in reality these all can expose you to malicious websites and cyber criminals. If you want to protect your computer from similar or worse threats, you should not visit unfamiliar and shady file-sharing websites and click on third-party advertisements. This simple rule could save you from a lot of security related issues.
How to remove LastPass from your browser
- Press Alt+F and select Settings.
- In the left panel, choose Extensions.
- Select the undesirable extension and click on the trash can icon on the right.
- Press Remove in the pop-up.
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