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Network Packet Analyzer Image
Read 1,377 times | Last updated on September 1, 2015

Network packet analyzer or Online Ad Scanner are the names for the same potentially unwanted program, or PUP, that is installed by free software you download from the Internet. When installed, this program will configure itself to automatically start when you login to Windows. Once running, Network Packet Analyzer will run in the background and constantly connect to various sites on the Internet. When it connects to the site, it will actually play the videos and advertisements found on the web page, but will do so in the background so that you do not see them on your screen. This constant downloading of web pages does nothing but slow down your computer and your Internet connection while providing no benefit to the user of the computer.

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OverLook Image
Read 2,723 times | Last updated on August 21, 2015

Overlook is a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, that is commonly bundled with other downloads. When installed, Overlook does not create any Start Menu shortcuts or Desktop icons. In fact, the only way you would know it's installed is that you may find it listed in the Uninstall Programs control panel. What you will notice, though, are numerous symptoms of your computer not operating correctly.

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iDeals Shopping Optimizer Image
Read 2,099 times | Last updated on August 21, 2015

iDeals Shopping Optimizer is an adware program that opens up web sites in web browser tabs without your permission or redirects you to site that you did not request. It does this through an Internet Explorer browser helper objects or other browser extension that is automatically loaded when you start your browser. Once started, Shopping Optimizer will monitor when you click on a web link and then redirect you to a different site than the one you requested. While a browser is open, it will also routinely open new tabs in the background that display various web sites. Some of the web sites that were displayed while analyzing this adware were Forbes.com, prosportslive.com, bizzmag.com, allsportsmag.com, top3everything.com, and topnewsnation.com. It is very possible that the owners of these domains do not even realize their sites are being used in this way.

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TermTrident Image
Read 1,838 times | Last updated on August 20, 2015

TermTrident is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and TermTrident will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ad by TermTrident, Brought by TermTrident, or TermTrident Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The TermTrident adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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RapidReader Image
Read 2,028 times | Last updated on August 16, 2015

RapidReader is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and RapidReader will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ad by RapidReader, Brought by RapidReader, or RapidReader Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The RapidReader adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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TermCoach Image
Read 4,587 times | Last updated on August 6, 2015

TermCoach is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and TermCoach will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ad by TermCoach, Brought by TermCoach, or TermCoach Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The TermCoach adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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PhraseProfessor Image
Read 3,273 times | Last updated on August 5, 2015

PhraseProfessor is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and PhraseProfessor will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by PhraseProfessor, Brought by PhraseProfesso, or PhraseProfessor Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The PhraseProfessor adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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SafeFinder.com Image
Read 5,110 times | Last updated on August 2, 2015

SafeFinder.com and Linkury are browser hijackers that hijack your installed web browser's home page and search engines so that they display the SafeFinder.com home page and search engine instead of your normally configured ones. When installed SafeFinder and Linkury will modify your web browser's configuration so that the home page becomes search.safefinder.com and it's default search provider will become a SafeFinder search provider powered by Yahoo. What makes this hijacker so problematic is that it uses Windows services to make it difficult to change your browser's settings and also modifies your web browser's shortcuts so that the safefinder.com site is always opened.

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WordShark Image
Read 4,914 times | Last updated on July 22, 2015

WordShark is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and WordShark will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by WordShark, Brought by WordShark, or WordShark Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The WordShark adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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YourTV.Link Image
Read 6,054 times | Last updated on July 16, 2015

YourTV.link is a program that hijacks your browser's home page and search engine to http://yourtv.link. It does this in order to generate revenue from advertisements that are displayed when you visit their site. The problem is that they utilize a variety of techniques such as Group Policy files and programs that monitor when you make changes to your home page or search engine. This makes it very difficult to change these settings back to your own preferences without using specialized instructions.

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WordSurfer   Image
Read 4,151 times | Last updated on July 16, 2015

WordSurfer is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and WordSurfer will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by WSR, Ad by CS, Sponsored Ad by WSR, Brought by WSR, WSR Advertisement, or WordSurfer Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The WordSurfer adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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RocketTab Image
Read 4,244 times | Last updated on July 14, 2015

RocketTab is a program that injects advertisements into web sites that you visit. These deals or advertisements are called RocketTab, Ads by RocketTab, or Brought by RocketTab and make the site you are visiting difficult to read as the ads will overlay the content of the web page you are visiting. Furthermore, when you click on links on a web page, the adware will also sometimes display a pop-up advertisement or open a different page then requested. Last, but not least, RocketTab will also inject ads in Google search results. Overall, RocketTab provides no benefit to the installed computer and will only be a nuisance.

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CleverSearch Image
Read 5,889 times | Last updated on July 3, 2015

CleverSearch is a program from the Adware.Vitruvian family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and CleverSearch will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by CS, Ad by CS, Sponsored Ad by CS, Brought by CS, CS Advertisement, or CleverSearch Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The CleverSearch adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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Media Dashboard v2 Image
Read 9,538 times | Last updated on June 26, 2015

Media Dashboard v2, otherwise known as it's filename stdrt.exe, is a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, that is commonly bundled with other downloads. When installed, you will notice that your computer becomes slow, your hard drive is constantly active, and that you have less computer memory then normal. Task Manager will also display a program called stdrt.exe that is using up a great deal of CPU power. This is because the stdrt.exe is constantly running in the background while viewing videos from sites like dailymotion and others. These videos, though, are never displayed to the screen. Whether this process is being used to increase view counts on the videos or to generate ad revenue is currently unknown. What we do know, though, is that this program is using up valuable resources on your computer without permission, which causes your computer to become slower than normal and to use up your Internet bandwidth.

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QuickSurf Image
Read 8,419 times | Last updated on June 12, 2015

QuickSurf is a program from the family of adware programs, which display advertisements while you are browsing the web. This program promotes itself as a utility where you can highlight text on a page and QuickSurf will display the definition and related pages. The problem is that when this adware is installed it will underline words on web pages that you are viewing, which display intrusive advertisement labeled Ads by QS, Ad by QS, Sponsored Ad by QS, Brought by QS, QS Advertisement, or QuickSurf Advertisements when you hover your mouse over them. The QuickSurf adware will also display pop-up ads that appear in a new browser window or tab when you click on web site links. These advertisements are typically for other adware or potentially unwanted programs. This adware is commonly detected by security programs as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian.

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