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General description of Certified Toolbar browser extension, and what problems it might cause in case of malicious exploitation.

General description of Certified Toolbar browser extension, and what problems it might cause in case of malicious exploitation.

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  • 1. Certified Toolbar* Certified Toolbar is a browser extension* Available at certified-toolbar.com* Improves Internet browsing experience* Might have some negative aspectshttp://www.spyware-techie.com
  • 2. Compatibility● Certified Toolbar is compatible with all main browsers: – Mozilla Firefox – Internet Explorer – Google Chrome● Provides instant access to a list of applications: – Facebook – Skype – Twitter http://www.spyware-techie.com/certified-toolbar-removal-guide
  • 3. Certified Toolbar Removal Search Increases drastically in January 2013: http://www.spyware-techie.com
  • 4. Official Uninstall instructions● Certified Toolbar is not a virus● Uninstall instructions available at the official home page● Users want to remove the toolbar because of intrusive behavior http://www.spyware-techie.com/certified-toolbar-removal-guide
  • 5. Possible security complications● Certified Toolbar can be bundled with freeware● Installed automatically during negligent installation process● Changes default home page settings● search.certified-toolbar.com set as default search engine http://www.spyware-techie.com
  • 6. Possible security issues● Certified Toolbar collects browsing data● Internet browsing information can be used for marketing purposes● Marketing results in an onslaught of specifically targeted commercial advertisements● Necessity to remove the Toolbar grows http://www.spyware-techie.com/certified-toolbar-removal-guide
  • 7. Possible security threat● Certified Toolbar can redirect your searches via seach.certified-toolbar.com● In case it is used by a third party, it can collect and give away important personal data● Security loopholes may turn Certified Toolbar into malware distributor http://www.spyware-techie.com
  • 8. Danger behind redirection● Forceful redirection can result in malware infection● Certified Toolbar can redirect user to an affiliated website that is corrupted● Infecting user with malware is not the objective of Certified Toolbar creators● It becomes a tool of cyber criminals unwittingly http://www.spyware-techie.com/certified-toolbar-removal-guide
  • 9. Possible drawbacks of manual removal● Not all files get removed● Users browser home page is still search.certified-toolbar.com● Users search is still being redirected● Dangerous files overlooked http://www.spyware-techie.com
  • 10. Consider Automatic Removal● Perform a full system scan with a legitimate computer security tool● Hidden files will be detected● The security tool will restore all default browser settings● The system will be protected against similar intrusions http://www.spyware-techie.com/certified-toolbar-removal-guide

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