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Do You Need a New Computer, or Just Better Protection?

2014-12-26

Is your computer still booting even after you’ve finished your second cup of coffee? Does it take a full minute to download a picture, which makes you suspect that your Internet connection is broken? You might think that your computer is too old and you should buy a new one. But are you sure about that? Are there lots of useless icons cluttering up your desktop? Is your browser overwhelmed with various toolbars that you don't even need? Or do you even recognize these strange toolbars?


Because of the booming of Internet industry, many developers are looking for a cash cow. This is how many software programs are born. After all, who doesn't want to be like Google and turn a massive user base into millions upon millions of dollars? But how can you “conquer" as many users as possible with your products? For those looking to make a quick buck, they need a fast way to get users. Therefore, software “promoters” were born. Promoters are there when you refresh Facebook, open a video site, access bittorrent or software download sites, or use a search engine. Anywhere you go, they are lurking. They can disguise themselves as HD video plug-in updates, official Flash Player downloads, or even picture viewers. They only have one goal: to lure as many users as possible into downloading the promoter. These promoters push out any software whose developers pay them, like homepage modification viruses, fraudulent billing software, and even Bitcoin mining programs. Because they’re cloud-based, it’s very difficult to track them.


Therefore, in most cases, a computer doesn’t get slow because it’s old, but because it is infected with adware and the useless software that’s been installed by promoters. These parasites sap your computer's memory and reduce its speed; some even trick you into paying high registration fees.


The data speaks for itself. According to October 2014 statistics from the Baidu Antivirus Security Center, among all viruses detected, the top ten in quantity were all malicious adware. The most notorious one, BrowserFox, was intercepted over 500 million times by the Baidu Antivirus cloud engine in just one month, and more than 47 million users were infected within a month. Another active browser plug-in, Wajam, tampers with your browser to embed unwanted content on Google and other popular search engines. Meanwhile, it also pushes annoying pop-up windows to your machine and reduces your computer’s speed. Recent data shows that this behavior was detected 550 million times in a span of 30 days. See the details for top 10 viruses and their infected users in the table below.


 

‍The "promotion" method is also variable. Some promoters tamper with your homepage, some hijack browser tools to modify search results rankings, and some create pop-up ads in online shopping sites. All of these methods are used to promote useless software. Furthermore, with each successful promotion (getting a user to click), the people behind the adware will get a great commission. That’s why malicious adware has developed so rapidly, overtaking Trojans and worms as the primary threat to users. In this type of dangerous Internet environment, how can people get their computers to run smoothly again?

 

Most people think they can avoid attack by malicious adware, but in fact it’s very hard to prevent! The release of Windows 10 a short while ago attracted a great deal of attention, and “Windows 10 download” and other such terms quickly became hot search keywords. But let’s take a closer look. 


If someone accidentally clicks the second link and clicks “download”, she will think that she’s downloading Windows 10. But in fact, a malicious adware has already snuck into her computer, and she will be constantly harassed by pop-ups. Some adware can even hide in your computer and steal private information, causing even more problems.

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Now you should understand why your computer might be running so slowly. To avoid malicious promoter programs, the Baidu Antivirus Security Center would like to remind everyone that they should install multi-functional security software and enable all defense functions. And for people whose computers are already infected with adware programs, Baidu Antivirus’s enhanced triple engine along with its smart Malicious Plug-in Cleaner tool can help you quickly and completely get rid of these parasites. It's like a super-fast weight-loss program that will have your computer running faster than ever in no time.


Baidu Antivirus’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BaiduAntivirusEN

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