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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 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, and 8, 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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There are many others, and I'll update the list as we go, but basically, I recommend to only use either Google, Yahoo,
or Bing.  This same logic goes to toolbars, if its not Bing, Google, or Yahoo, you should ask us or do the research to
see if it contains spyware.

Check your search bar and go into your computers control panel and the into
  • Windows XP:        Add/remove programs
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8        Programs and features
  • simply un installing the software is not enough, call us for a complete spyware and virus removal!
  • 24x7 PC Help
  • albrechto
  • any protect
  • app bud
  • AppGraffiti
  • ARO 2013
  • Babylon Toolbar
  • Better price check
  • blockandsurf
  • BomlabioDMUninstaller
  • boost for internet explorer
  • Browser safeguard with rocket tab
  • browsers+apps+1.1
  • buzz dock
  • Buzz-it
  • chica password manager
  • chocolatebar by
  • CinemaPro 1.5v27.10
  • Conduit
  • Constasurf
  • consumer input
  • content explorer
  • ConvertHd
  • coupscanner
  • Default Tab
  • Delta Toolbar
  • Delta toolbar for Chrome
  • Desk365
  • Disccountexteenasei
  • Donut Quotes
  • Dowwn Save
  • EZ software updater
  • Facebook login video background
  • fast and safe
  • fast free convertor
  • fast player
  • feun deals
  • Feven 1.7
  • Final media player
  • Finding Discount
  • FLV player
  • ge-force   (not nvidia drivers)
  • GrEaatSaaVue44
  • Groovorio
  • Hardware helper
  • HiDef Media Player
  • IB updater service
  • i.d.l.e. c.r.a.w.l.e.r.
  • ilivid
  • internet explorer toolbar by
  • internet updater
  • Internethelper3.1
  • jollywallet
  • keepmysettingsx
  • kingcoupona
  • less tabs
  • linksicle
  • lsavver
  • lyricsparty
  • media downloader
  • Mixi Dj Toolbar
  • MyPcBackup
  • MyWebSearch
  • MyWordTool
  • notoo coupon
  • online low deals
  • Optimizer Pro V.3.2
  • Outfox TV
  • PC Health kit v3.2
  • PC Power Speed
  • PC clean maestro
  • Pc tech helpline
  • PC speed boost
  • pepperzip
  • plus.HD.4.8
  • ppt22png
  • price horse
  • Price Metar
  • Produtools toolbar
  • Quick Share
  • ranodoom price
  • referenceboss toolbar
  • Rich media
  • robosaver
  • royalcoupon
  • Safe Saver
  • saverpreo
  • Saltarsmart
  • Sammsoft toolbar
  • saverbox
  • search module
  • Search Protect (conduit)
  • Search results toolbar
  • Searchnu
  • select-n-go
  • sendori
  • settings manager
  • severe weather alerts
  • shopop
  • shopperz
  • show apps in new tab
  • showpass smartbar
  • smartmedia converter
  • snipsmart
  • engine
  • Social Privacy
  • Social Privacy DNS
  • software version updater
  • Solteratop
  • soundcloud for chrome
  • speed browser
  • Strong Vault
  • Suprasavings
  • surfkeepit
  • support tw
  • SweetIM
  • SweetPacks Toolbar
  • Sysaver
  • ticctaccooupeoon
  • Tidy Network
  • tinnywallet
  • toparcadehits
  • Trustworthy toolbar
  • Update for price meter
  • user-astromenda
  • V-bates
  • Vafmusic2 toolbar
  • veba search
  • VO package
  • Wajam
  • Weatherbug
  • web layers 3.0.0
  • Whitesmoke
  • wowicoupon
  • youtube accelerator
  • YTD downloader V. 1.8
  • Zombie Alert
You should also check out my list of fake, rogue security products as well,
they will be in the same add/remove programs or programs and features
list.  These programs are usually more aggressive and should be removed
just like the spyware listed on this page