|Short Description||ExtTag.exe may have been brought by a PUP.|
|Symptoms||The display of Ads during browsing – pop-ups, ad-supported search results, modified site text.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling, unsafe browsing, fake software updates, etc.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ExtTag.exe|
In case you have seen a process in your Windows Task Manager, called Exttag.exe, there is a good chance that you may have adware on your computer. The executable is mostly connected with several unwanted programs, otherwise known as PUPs. The main which has been most detected and reported by researchers so far is believed to be PUP.Optional.Linkury.PrxySvrRS. Linkury is notorious for developing many unwanted apps that are not in fact viruses, but may lead to such, by displaying advertised content. Since the impact of this PUP is high, experts recommend its immediate removal from the PC.
How Did ExtTag.Exe Get in My PC?
There are several scenarios by which this PUP could have gotten in. However, the main one is called bundling. It involves free third-party applications that most likely may have included (in this case) any Linkury products as a part of their installation process. Most freeware may or may not prompt to add such applications as free extras on the user PC. This is done by third party software provider websites that have a database of software, and they provide it via their servers. Most people think such sites are legitimate and decide to download apps from there, and sometimes they get such adware on their PCs.
How Does ExtTag.Exe Work?
This is your typical adware program since it may perform the very same ad-injection tasks, similar to other products of its developers. Linkury has many toolbars and programs that are known to display ad-supported content and processes associated, such as Adware.Linkury.M, Linkury Smartbar or Quickshare, Srptm.exe.
Once it is on your system, the program may run the current .exe files:
Also, antivirus scans have reported the current objects in Program Data associated with ExtTag.exe on an affected PC:
→FF NewTab: C:\\ProgramData\\ExtTags\\ff.NT
FF Homepage: C:\\ProgramData\\ExtTags\\ff.HP
More to it than that, ExtTag.exe may associate with third-parties since such applications live to make profits to their developers via most likely pay-per-click schemes and affiliate arrangements. This is dangerous for the user since third-parties may conceal different risks from them:
- Infecting PC with malware(Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Ransomware Trojans)
- Conning the user, using various tactics to collect information or drain his funds(Surveys, Financial Info to claim trials, Fake tech support scams, etc.)
When it comes to making easy money, cyber criminals have become very smart and are continuously developing new tactics and methods to drain the average user’s both funds and information. Such info is either aggregated, sorted and sold to organizations or taken advantage of any other mean that will benefit their interests.
How to Remove ExtTag.Exe?
When it comes to threat removal, you must think of it as an octopus, one of which’s tentacles is linked to your computer. You should first cut the connection and then burn the thing. The same is with PUPs and malware. First, disconnect your PC from the web, just to be safe. Then it is recommended follow the step-by-step removal tutorial, provided below. After that, you should employ advanced malware protection program that will take care of any leftover objects after the manual deletion of ExtTag.exe such as cookies and some other files and folders.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter