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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission


WorkatHomeStar website claims that with this application you can “Make extra money & work from home.” However, we doubt this could be true since the program does not do anything besides displaying ads. Also, it might collect information related to you that could be either anonymous or private. It may be so that you downloaded the software hoping that it will help you earn some money, or you could have installed it unknowingly. Nevertheless, the application cannot be trusted, and you should not use it any longer. As a matter of fact, it falls under the category of a potentially unwanted program (PUP), so you should consider its removal from your system. The deletion process is a rather simple one, and if you follow the instructions at the end of the article, you should remove WorkatHomeStar with no trouble.

The application’s Terms and Conditions document claims that “members may earn by viewing/completing paid ads delivered to them by Work at Home Star from our network of advertisers.” The suspicious part is that neither the official website nor the PUP itself offers to register or become a member, as there is no link or information related to this so-called membership. Thus, we do not see how it is possible to earn money with the software.

Unfortunately, the application works in other ways as it occasionally opens new browser windows and loads third-party ads and websites. In addition, such sites could appear in the main PUP’s window. We must warn you that clicking ads or otherwise interacting with third-party content could be dangerous to your PC. For example, you might be redirected to a website that contains malicious software, such as Trojans, viruses, etc. Also, it could advertise suspicious applications, e.g. other PUPs, browser hijackers, and so on.

Another problem with the PUP is that it might gather user information, including your sensitive data. The PUP’s Privacy Policy states that private information could be recorded if you enter it yourself, e.g. type in your email address for coupons or other services. Moreover, WorkatHomeStar’s creators say that they might share “your personal information with third parties, including but not limited to our advertisers, BigRewards.com, ShoppingBag.com and HotSurveys.com (collectively Media Network, Inc.) for any reason we choose.” One of the reasons could be “to permit advertisers or other third parties to use your Information for any purpose such as contacting you by email, phone, text message, U.S. mail or any other means of communication for any purpose.” As you realize, the application’s creators might be the ones who will make easy money from your clicks since they could be receiving advertising revenue.

Our researchers determined that the application should be spread not only through the official site but also with bundled installers. Apparently, you can download them from suspicious file-sharing sites on the Internet. Consequently, you might have launched an installer that was bundled with WorkatHomeStar. Maybe you did not see that it could have been rejected, or you accepted it believing the application will be useful to you. In any case, in order to avoid potentially harmful or unwanted software, you should read the terms given in the setup wizard. Besides, it would be smart to look for more trustworthy file-sharing sites or download programs only from reliable developers.

Now that you know all about the PUP, you should decide if it is worth to keep such an untrustworthy application on your PC. Users who want to get rid of WorkatHomeStar should be able to do that through the Control Panel options. The instructions on how to launch Control Panel for different Windows operating systems are provided below the article. Furthermore, it also possible to delete the PUP with a security tool. Simply download and install an antimalware tool from reputable publishers, then use it to remove the unwanted application. The tool should locate and erase WorkatHomeStar or other suspicious applications if you have more than this PUP. Feel free to leave us a comment below if you have more questions, and we will try to help you as soon as possible.

Remove WorkatHomeStar

Windows 8\Windows 10

  1. Press Win+R to launch the RUN.
  2. Type Control Panel and select OK.
  3. Pick Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate WorkatHomeStar, select it and click Uninstall.

Windows Vista\Windows 7

  1. Navigate to the Start menu.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Select the PUP and press Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Go to Start and launch Control Panel.
  2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Mark the application and select Uninstall.
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