When is a fix needed?
If you utilize the internet for anything; research, communication, entertainment or business; you will experience problems with your internet access, the browser. A browser fix is a necessary addition to your cyber-toolbox, without which you will experience a slow processor, annoying pop-up advertisements, promotional adware, redirect apps, viral infections, and at times a complete shutdown of your computer connection.
Most of the internet browsers have similar features and the browser fix for problem elimination is equally similar. A quick search on the net will offer a number of downloads of fixes for viruses, pop-up blockers, redirects and advertisements, most of which are free for the download. It is also helpful to enable an automatic or periodic clearing of your internet search cache.
Some specific malware
Redirect apps are a malware that infects your computer and causes your browser to be directed to and through a domain of often malicious ads. One ploy to enhance their takeover of your machine is to offer free downloads that will bundle their “services” on a toolbar or desktop icon. They often offer free games or other enticements that facilitate the bundle of the freebies and include pay-for-install services. PPI adware managers are paid for each new install of their malware.
My Speed test (search.searchpcst2) is a browser hijacker. Once installed on your browser, Speed test generates web traffic for pay. Speed test is often part of a free, seemingly innocuous application. When a user grants permission for the download, the permission is extended to the Speed test app hidden in the fine print of the approval document. Users are advised to read all of any of these documents and to not scroll quickly to the bottom and check the approval box. Browser fixes that specifically target malware like Speed test will work alongside your antivirus program without any conflict.
Malware bytes is one removal tool that offers support claims to be the most powerful solution to detect and remove adware, hijackers, viruses and other unwanted infections on your computer. But, smart programmers of malware are now including blockers for many of the more popular fixers. There are counter programs that will block the blockers from working.
Another thing to keep in mind is that malware downloads often change your browser settings. After cleaning the malware your browser will have to be reset, often manually, to the pre-infection settings. You should also check your homepage as malicious malware usually makes changes here or switches to another homepage.
In some cases of malware infections, the browser fix may require the re-installation of your browser. One cautionary note: You may not be able to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 if you have downloaded Windows XP Service Pack 3 previously.
In summary, fixing your browser may be as simple as downloading a free (or low cost) application from any one of a number of sites in the net. The included instructions are simple and easy to follow. These apps will often continue to protect your browser after the initial cleaning, usually for a small license fee.
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