Sunday, 8 November 2015

Rediscovered Adware That Replaces Full Browser

Warning for the second time in a short time researchers for browsers that have the display of advertisements as target and all installed browsers trying to replace. It involves two browsers called eFast and Cross Browser, which both are based on Chromium.

Chromium is an open source web browser developed by Google that is the basis for Google Chrome. Other parties can use Chromium as the basis for their browser, such as Comodo Dragon, Vivaldi, SRWare Iron and Opera. Also dubious parties seem now to deal with Chromium. Instead of infecting existing browsers with adware is chosen to develop its own browser that displays ads and replaces the existing browser. Once the browser is started and ads appear dubious domains are loaded.

Browse Cross is part of a notorious adware family called Cross Rider. Initially it went to "browser hijackers' and adware were only existing browsers hijacked. According to anti-malware company Malwarebytes does so still, but there is now also a fully functional browser appeared. Once active remove both cross Browse eFast as shortcuts to the default browser on the desktop, start menu and taskbar, and then add a shortcut to the native browser.

The rogue browsers via 'wrappers and bundled software distributed. A wrapper is an installer that besides a certain program can also install other software.

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