- Installs itself without permissions
- Connects to the internet without permission
X-rates is one interesting potentially unwanted program. It has been named X-rates because it is allegedly a currency rates manager. This application can undoubtedly seem useful for users who are interested in currency rates, but be advice to skip this application and try finding a better alternative. X-rates is regarded as potentially unwanted for a reason. We will discuss the reasons why this application is not worth using. We recommend that you remove this application, but we invite you to read the full article before you make that decision.
It appears that this application no longer works, but that may be just a temporary issue. Once you visit the application’s website Contentfilter.ru, you will be surprised to see that it is in the Russian language. It appears that this application is marketed towards the Russian speaking world and North-western Asian countries where the Russian language is still popular. The website appears to feature a download button, but it does not work at all. It is probably due to the fact that the server that hosts its download is currently down. In any case, the application is also bundled with malicious software, but the standalone installer that we have acquired from our sources refused to work so it is likely that versions that come bundled might also not work. However, as we mentioned earlier, it is subject to change, since the application can come alive and then die at any time.
The way this application works is rather simple and primitive, which is not that great. You can check the currency exchange rate by the program’s icon found on the Taskbar. Basically that’s all you get. We do not know if the rates are accurate or not. We assume that they are not based on the clandestine functions that you definitely would not know about. According to our researchers, the application will occasionally go through your browser’s history and open the websites that you have previously visited. Not only that, but the application will click on every link found on it. For some strange reason X-rates is particularly interested in adult content. After going through your entire browsing history the application will connect to its server and send statistical data about your browsing habits.
It goes without saying that this is one creepy application. The reason why and for whom this information is collected remains to be seen. It is possible that it is sold to third parties and used for marketing purposes. We did not see any commercial advertisements while we were X-rates’ sample, but the fact that it secretly collects information should not be tolerated.
Therefore, we suggest that you remove this program from your computer at your earliest convenience. X-rates is not a malicious infection, but as you can see its cons outweigh it pros. So, you should look for a better alternative application that would not interfere with browsing habits, which should remain private. So feel free to use the removal instructions located below.
How to remove X-rates from the OS
Windows 8 or 8.1
Windows 7 or Vista