|Lately, I have noticed a large increase in computers using unsafe search engines and other unsafe software. It has
gotten so bad that an average of 80% of the computers that I see are using bad search engines, ad programs, and
other unsafe software. If you are unsure what a search engine is, its Google, Yahoo, MSN and many others. What I
mean by a "bad" search engine, is a search engine that manipulates your search results for advertising, spyware, or
virus infecting intentions. The search engine will redirect your searches to websites that are paying to receive your
traffic, or to a compromised website that is used to install spyware and/or viruses onto your computer.
I have recently tested Google Chrome, Internet explorer, and Firefox with these bad search engines, and even is
situations where you can tell the browser to not allow a search engine change, the bad search engine was able to
make the change every time! I then tested installing these search engines with many of the top antivirus and spyware
programs installed, and not one of them flagged or attempted to stop the install. Most of the scanners would however
see the offender if you ran a full scan, but how good is security if its not stopping the attack at the point of infection.
We have always recommended and used Kaspersky Internet Security and its worked great for us and our customers,
but again, it does not stop the change of search engine or install. After doing some research, it seams that most of
the "bad" search engines are not installed quietly like a virus, but instead, they are packaged during software installs.
This means when you download a piece of software, there will be a screen in the install where other software is being
offered along side with the software you intended to install. By default, the "extra" software will always be checked to
be included. This is the important part!!!! Its up to you, the user, to uncheck any and all extra software with ANY
software install. Unfortunately, even reputable software distributors will include spyware along with the install. For
example, Cnet download.com used to be totally safe, but I tried to download some software the other day there, and
everything came with spyware!!! You can still download safe software there, but make sure to uncheck any extra
software. Always be wary during Internet browsing to watch for browser redirect or home page changes.
In conclusion, watch your Internet browsers home page and search engine. If there are any changes, you may be
infected with spyware, a virus, or a bad search engine! Keep an eye on your add/remove programs for XP, and
Programs and Features for Vista,7, 8, and 10 for software that you didn't intend to install. The list below is many of
the common unsafe programs that I remove on a daily basis!
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|Check your "add/remove programs" or
"programs and features" in the control
panel. Do you see any of the infections
listed from above? Do you see any that
stick out? Something that you don't
remember installing? Call me today, or use
the email form to the right to see if your
computer is already infected.
Also check my Rogue Security Programs
page for even more unsafe programs that
may be on your computer!