- Hijacks homepage
- Connects to the internet without permission
- Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
- Changes default search engine
YourTemplateFinder Toolbar is yet another malicious toolbar developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. Initially, it looks legitimate, but, in fact, it is a potential security threat, so we recommend that you remove it as soon as you can. This toolbar makes a lot of changes to your computer’s registry upon its installation. Also, it can change your browser’s homepage and search provider to its promoted search engine that includes shady promotions in its search results. Moreover, this toolbar can collect specific information about you. All in all, this toolbar spells trouble, but if you need more information, then please read this whole article.
Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc is a malware developing company started in way back in 1999. Since then this company has built itself quite a reputation. The cyber security industry is well aware of this company’s deceptive software that is in most cases utterly useless and, to a certain degree, dangerous. According to the information states on Mindspark’s website at Mindspark.com, “Our custom brands provide innovative marketing solutions and inventory opportunities that allow users to focus on your advertising content. We have the ability to promote your message through display, mobile, and pre-roll.” This company’s mission is making a profit from clandestine advertising that is embedded in their products. Thus, its undesirable software is distributed using three methods.
We have found that YourTemplateFinder Toolbar has a dedicated promotional and download website at Free.yourtemplatefinder.com. This site provides users with the opportunity to directly install it as an extension to Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. Also, this toolbar can be downloaded from directly from the Chrome Web Store. And, it comes with bundled software that is featured on shady freeware distributing websites.
However, we want to focus on YourTemplateFinder’s distribution via its dedicated website, since it is the place where most users get it. The way a browser is set up determines the choices you have when installing this toolbar. If, for example, you are using Firefox, then you will be asked whether you want the setup to change this browser’s homepage and search provider to Home.tb.ask.com. But, if you are a Chrome user, then you will not be given the luxury of opting out the changes that are present if Firefox. Internet Explorer, on the other hand, offers the same setup options like Firefox.
YourTemplateFinder Toolbar has four tabs. The first tab is a link to a website called Yourtemplatefinder.com that contains sample templates for various documents, business cards, etc. The Email tab contains links to four popular email service providers (Google, Yahoo, AOL, and Outlook). The third tab is a link to Facebook, and the last one displays information about the weather. So the functions this toolbar provides are hardly useful, and there is no need to risk your computer’s and your personal online security for some templates. Our research suggests that the featured homepage Home.tb.ask.com features commercial advertisements that come from unknown and thus potentially unreliable sources. Furthermore, this application can connect to remote servers and secretly download more malware, thus making your computer a cyber security nightmare.
Moreover, Home.tb.ask.com is used to collect the following information: IP address of your computer, Unique mobile device identifier, technical information about your computer or mobile device such as type of device, preferences and settings (time zone, language, etc.), Internet provider or mobile carrier name, and so on.
Thus, we strongly suggest removing YourTemplateFinder Toolbar from your computer. Getting rid of this malicious program is as simple as going to your browser’s list of extensions and clicking the Remove button. However, all of the registry modifications will remain in place and deleting them manually is difficult and time-consuming as there are hundreds of modifications that need fixing. Therefore, we suggest using an antimalware scanner to do this job for you.
Uninstall YourTemplateFinder Toolbar from Windows
How to remove YourTemplateFinder Toolbar from your web browser
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