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

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Certified toolbar

  1. 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. 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. 3. Certified Toolbar Removal Search Increases drastically in January 2013: http://www.spyware-techie.com
  4. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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