- Annoying Pop-up's
- Shows commercial adverts
- Connects to the internet without permission
We want to inform you about a new ad-supported program called ExpoDating. After testing this program, we concluded that it can promote dangerous content, so we recommend that you remove it. We believe that in the worst case scenario, this application might infect your computer with malware or promote scam or phishing websites, so this is no laughing matter. Yet, its promotional campaign insists that it will help you browse dating websites from your desktop. Well, in this article we will take a closer look at this program’s functionality, how it is distributed, where it comes from, and so on.
Unfortunately, this program is yet another release by the infamous MDMExclusives/MyDailyMoment company, a trademark of Flatiron Media Ltd. This developer has released dozens of malicious programs that include MakeMoneyStar, ShopperSaga, SlateBeauty, and many others. Currently, this company outperforms all other adware developers in terms of software releases, so it must make some serious money. The truth is that Flatiron Media is in the online advertising business, and our research suggests that is it likely to do business with shady entities, so none of its software is safe.
We believe that it is important to be aware of this program’s distribution methods not to install it in the first place. While performing our research we found that this adware is being promoted using other ad-supported applications that include links to its main website in their banners, coupons, and other forms of advertising. Furthermore, Flatiron Media Ltd is known to make use of browser hijackers to promote their adware as well. Both of these promotional channels promote a website called Expodating.com which features ExpoDating’s installer. The installer used to get this program on your computer is bundled with other shady software by default. This installer is called InstallCore, and it may come bundled with Foxtab PDF Converter, MyPcBackUp, and other potentially unwanted programs, as well as browser hijackers and adware such as Search Know. So it is plain to see that ExpoDating should not be regarded as a legitimate application because it comes bundled with adware or potentially unwanted programs by default. Now let us move on to this adware’s functions.
We consider ExpoDating an annoying and intrusive program because of the way it promotes the products. It features a customized browser-based advertising window that loads its promoted websites in full-screen, so the ads are in your face, and this application will open this window whenever it wants. Our research has concluded that this window will load a website called Matchseniors.com which is a legitimate dating website. Nevertheless, this adware will simultaneously open Internet Explorer, which is set to load websites, such as S3.amazonaws.com/dm.leadgen/page/index.html, Web.ionsmedia.com/rotator.php?camp=OCD&pub=&sub=&redirtype=downloadcomplete, and so on. However, some of the websites are currently unavailable so we cannot say for certain that they are safe. Moreover, this is the main problem with ExpoDating as it might promote scam and phishing websites set to obtain your personal information and extort money from you. Finally, it might promote malicious software that could wreak havoc on your PC.
Another aspect about ExpoDating we want to cover is its privacy issues. We have found that this application is set to collect information about you that includes your Internet Protocol address, Internet Service Provider information, system information, browser type, ads viewed, browsing history, and so on. This information may be used to tailor the promotions and even share or even sell it to third parties. so you should not allow them to collect it because there is no way of knowing how this information will be used.
In closing, ExpoDating is a mere adware-type application whose sole purpose is to show intrusive commercial advertisements and make money for its owners and their partners. While conducting our research, we found that it may be used to promote shady websites that might turn out to be phishing or scam sites. Therefore, we recommend that you delete this application from your PC using our removal instructions provided at the bottom. We also suggest that you scan it for additional malware using our recommended anti-malware tool.
Uninstall the adware from Control Panel
Windows Vista and 7
Windows 10 and 8.1/8