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CloudScout Ads Image
Read 3,832 times | Last updated on March 25, 2015

If you are seeing advertisements while browsing the web that are labeled Ads by Cloudscout then you have the adware program called CloudGuard installed on your computer. CloudGuard claims that it is a parental control and protection software that blocks access to adult, gambling, and potentially dangerous sites. In my testing of this software I was never once blocked from visiting unsavory sites, but I was bombarded by Cloudscout advertisements on almost every site I visited. This is because CloudGuard injects its own ads into sites you visit even if those sites do not normally display ads. These injected Cloudscout ads are done in an intrusive manner and make it difficult to use web sites that are normally easy to read and navigate.

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XTab Image
Read 4,137 times | Last updated on March 22, 2015

The XTab program is a tool that is commonly bundled with browser hijackers that prevents you from changing your home page or search provider back to one of your choice. When a browser hijacker is installed on your computer their goal is to make it so you are unable to switch your home page or search engine and are stuck with the site that is hijacking you. In order to help with this, they have created programs like XTab or SearchProtect which run in the background and detect and not allow any settings changes. It is important to note that even though the program is currently installed as XTab, the interface itself will be called SearchProtect.

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Omniboxes.com Image
Read 4,317 times | Last updated on March 20, 2015

The Omniboxes.com adware is a browser hijacker that is bundled with free programs you download off of the Internet. Many free programs are wrapped in an adware installer that installs programs like this hijacker in order to generate revenue for the freeware developer. Unfortunately, many of these programs are just as bad as normal computer malware and can have a harmful effect on your computer. The Omniboxes.com adware is a browser hijacker because it changes your web browser's home page and default search provider to Omniboxes.com without your permission. Furthermore, this adware will append the argument http://www.Omniboxes.com/?type=hp&ts=&from=&uid= to various web browser shortcuts and sometimes non-Internet related programs. This causes the Omniboxes.com web page to open when you launch one of these hijacked shortcuts. Unfortunately, the method they use to change the shortcuts does not allow you to easily fix them by just going into their properties. Instead BleepingComputer.com had to developer a special tool to scan all of your shortcuts and repair the ones that are found to be hijacked.

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Istartsurf.com Image
Read 3,995 times | Last updated on March 20, 2015

The Istartsurf.com adware is a browser hijacker that is bundled with certain free programs that you can download off of the Internet. This adware is considered a browser hijacker because it changes your web browser's home page and default search provider to Istartsurf.com without your permission. Furthermore, this adware will append the argument http://www.Istartsurf.com/?type=hp&ts=&from=tugs&uid= to various web browser shortcuts and sometimes non-internet related programs. This causes the Istartsurf.com web page to open when you launch one of these hijacked shortcuts. Unfortunately, this adware is typically not bundled with an uninstall program and thus there is no easy way to remove it or disinfect your shortcuts without using specialized tools.

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PC Speed Up Image
Read 3,984 times | Last updated on March 19, 2015

PC Speed Up is a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, which states itís a system optimization program that scan your computer for issues in order to make it run faster. When installed, PC Speed Up will perform a scan of your computer's files, processes, and the Windows Registry and then list a variety of issues with them. The program then states that it can resolve these issues and make your computer faster, but you would first need to purchase a license in order to do so. Unfortunately, many, if not most, of the items it lists as issues are in fact harmless and have absolutely no effect on your computer at all. Therefore, please do not purchase the program as there are free methods that you should use instead to optimize your computer.

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Only-Search.com  Image
Read 4,013 times | Last updated on March 17, 2015

The Only-Search.com program is a browser hijacker that is commonly bundled with free programs that you download off of the Internet. It should be noted that this program is not malware or a computer virus, but is a program that can make it difficult to change your web browser's home page to one of your choosing. When installed, the Only-Search program will make it so the Only-Search.com site opens every time you start your browser. When you attempt to change your home page to another site, Only-Search will issue a warning stating that another program is trying to change your settings and will then prompt whether you wish to allow the setting. Even if you allow the page to be changed, the next time you open your browser Only-Search.com will open again. When Only-Search is present on your computer there may be an uninstall entries in the Uninstall programs control panel. Unfortunately, many times it is missing or named something different so it is easy to miss.

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Games Bot Image
Read 4,859 times | Last updated on March 13, 2015

Games Bot is a PUP that is commonly bundled with other downloads and allows you to download Shockwave games that you can play on your computer. At first glance this program seems innocuous until you notice that your computer's CPU is at 100%, your hard drive is constantly being accessed, and your computer and Internet connectivity appear to be slower. This is because in the background, there is a process called gbRunner.exe that is constantly launching instances of its bundled Chrome.exe and accessing web sites with them. The purpose of all these Internet request is unknown, but the byproduct of all these requests is a computer that is running slower than it should be. It is important to note that the Chrome program bundled with Games Bot is a legitimate program and not malware or a PUP.

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Obrona Cleaner Image
Read 5,124 times | Last updated on March 11, 2015

Obrona Cleaner states that it is a system optimziation program that scans your computer for improper configuration settings and performance issues. In reality, though, this program is nothing more than scareware that states harmless configuration settings are problems in order to scare you into purchasing it. When first run, Obrona Cleaner will issue a loud siren noise and then start supposedly scanning your computer for system issues. While running for the first time it will state that it will not show you the report until you submit an email. It is unknown at this time what they use the email address for so we strongly suggest that you do not enter a legitimate one into the program. Instead click on the X in the email request window and you will be shown a report that states numerous harmless, if not beneficial, configuration settings are harmful to your computer. It then prompts you to purchase the program before you can buy it. It goes without saying that you should not believe anything this program displays and you should definitely not purchase the program.

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PCTechHotline Image
Read 4,396 times | Last updated on March 10, 2015

PCTechHotline is a Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUP, that places an icon of a remote support person's head on the title bar of the active program. When you click on this head a nag screen labeled PCTechHotline will open that contains a phone number where you could supposedly receive remote technical support. This nag screen also has a System Check tab that displays a variety of other programs that they are trying to push on you. At the time of this writing the phone number that is being advertised is 1-855-650-2497 and the software they are pushing is Spyware Terminator 2012, PCRx, and Safety Optimizer. It is strongly suggested that you do not install any of these recommended programs as they are not ones you want on your computer.

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turboDiagnosis Image
Read 4,116 times | Last updated on March 9, 2015

turboDiagnosis is a Potentially Unwanted Programs, or PUP, that performs a supposed scan of your computer for performance issues and then reports that your computer is not optimally running. The program will also list a phone number that you are prompted to call to discuss these performance issues. In reality, turboDiagnosis was designed for the sole purpose to get you to call them so they can try to sell you technical support services that you most likely do not need. The known phone numbers associated with this PUP are 1-877-778-8444, 1-855-436-0695, and +0800-6525-102. If you have this program on your computer, please do not call them and instead remove the program using the guide below.

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