Remove Grato (PC Optimizer) – Potentially Unwanted Program

In this case we write a article about the removal instruction for Grato by [email protected] Do notice that Grato is not a virus. But it does act like a Potentially Unwanted Program. We got questions from customers who installed Grato on their computer without notice. This is because Grato comes bundled with known adware contained custom installers from several free download sites.

Do notice that Grato is a PUP, which basically means it is software you did not ask for but installed without possible notice.

The bad side of PUPs is it is often offered with lots of adware. Therefor we included in this Removal Instruction two free tools to scan your computer for PUPs, adware, browser hijacker and toolbars. The software offered is completely free and should help you get rid of unwanted software.

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Why is Adware Dangerous and How you should avoid it

Why is Adware Dangerous

Adware is not so harmless as it was before. Nowadays, anno 2017 Adware is a serious threat for your computer and the personal information we all share on the internet.

In the “good” times of Adware, the term “adware” was related to legitimate software that uses embedded advertisements to cover the cost of development of their software. These advertisements were shown during installation or in the software itself.

Generally, you could remove any embedded advertisements by purchasing the full or premium version of the software, and the advertisements were gone. This method of promoting advertisements is what should be known as Adware.

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Reset Microsoft Edge with “Microsoft Edge Reset Tool”

Not only Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox are targeted by Adware or Malware. Microsoft Edge is now widely distributed thru Windows 10 and the Cybecrooks target Microsoft Edge worldwide. All kind of problems might occur in Microsoft Edge.

For example your homepage might be hijacked by a suspicious homepage, your default search engine is changed or unwanted advertisements appear in your browser. When you experience this kind of problems we advise you to Reset Microsoft Edge, and scan your computer for the files associated with the Adware or Malware.

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Remove Reimage PC Repair Online – PUP – Removal instruction

Remove Reimage PC Repair Online - PUP - Removal instruction

In this case we write a article about the removal instruction for Reimage PC Repair Online. Do notice that Reimage PC Repair Online is not a virus. But it does act like a Potentially Unwanted Program.

Reimage PC Repair Online is advised in a lot of Adware monetizing ad serving scheme’s. Many redirects to their domain reimageplus.com are promoted by adware and potentially unwanted programs.

After a successful scan with Reimage PC Repair Online there is a large green button stating “Start Repair”. If you click this button the program Reimage PC Repair Online takes you to a payment page in order to buy a license to clean your computer.

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Google Chrome is unresponsive. Relaunch Now? – FixYourBrowser.com

Google Chrome is unresponsive. Relaunch Now?

Google Chrome is unresponsive. Relaunch Now?

If Google Chrome is blocked by a process or a Browser Extension. It displays the message “Google Chrome is unresponsive. Relaunch Now?”. You have two choices a Yes or a No button. This message is caused by many causes.

It might be an external program trying to open a website, or a Browser Extension trying to contact a specific host and then freezes. In our sandbox this message was caused by adware, adware is software with advertisements trying to open as many websites (redirects) as possible, causing Google Chrome to eventually freeze.

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Remove SlimCleaner Plus – Uninstall instruction

Remove SlimCleaner Plus - Uninstall instruction

In this case we write a article about the removal instruction for SlimCleaner Plus. Do notice that SlimCleaner Plus is not a virus. But it does act like a Potentially Unwanted Program. We got questions from customers who installed SlimCleaner Plus on their computer without notice. This is because SlimCleaner Plus comes bundled with known adware contained custom installers from several free download sites.

Do notice that SlimCleaner Plus is a PUP, which basically means it is software you did not ask for but installed without possible notice. The bad side of PUPs is it is often offered with lots of adware. Therefor we included in this Removal Instruction two free tools to scan your computer for PUPs, adware, browser hijacker and toolbars. The software offered is completely free and should help you get rid of unwanted software.

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Remove CleanMyPC – Potentially Unwanted Program

CleanMyPC is not a virus. But it does act like a Potentially Unwanted Program. We got questions from customers who installed CleanMyPC on their computer without notice. This is because CleanMyPC comes bundled with known adware contained custom installers from several free download sites.

Do notice that CleanMyPC is a PUP (MalwareBytes detects it as PUP.Optional.CleanMyPC), which basically means it is software you did not ask for but installed without possible notice of the user.

The bad side of PUPs is it is often offered with lots of adware. Therefor we included in this Removal Instruction two free tools to scan your computer for PUPs, adware, browser hijacker and toolbars. The software offered is completely free and should help you get rid of unwanted software.

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Is this the startup page you were expecting? Google Chrome

Is this the startup page you were expecting

Google Chrome has a feature to detect whenever a Browser Hijacker, Adware or a Browser Extension changed your New Tab, Search Provider, Homepage settings within Google Chrome. If Google Chrome detects any unusual changes in these settings, Chrome will display a pop-up with the notice “Is this the startup page you were expecting?“.

And Google Chrome does a good job, our homepage has indeed changed to www-searching.com, a common and very active Browser Hijacker.

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How to Block sharebutton.to Google Analytics Referral Spam

When you see sharebutton.to as a referral in your Google Analytics Panel. This might be referral spam, and it confuses and messes up your Google Analytics reports. The referral spam coming from different countries, for what we have seen its most of the time Russia, but other countries are also possible.

This referral spammers only target your Google Analytics reports and alter those in such a way that you think the visitations are coming from the spamming website. Actually this never happens, there is no visiting to your website, it’s Ghost Spam. 

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