|Type||Ad-supported web browser|
|Short Description||Tortuga Browser may collect user information and runs background Windows processes that may or may not collect information via the usage of cookies and other tools.|
|Symptoms||PC Slowdowns, many icons on the user desktop.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or visiting suspicious websites.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Tortuga Browser|
Tortuga Browser is a legitimate Chrome-based browser which uses tracking cookies and other information gathering tools to collect users’ non-personal information. It features many extensions that run as background processes and is not recommended for daily use in comparison with Chrome itself and other widely used web browsers. Also, the program is believed to situate various values in Windows registries and modify different settings. Security researchers have looked it up to establish the legitimacy and the usefulness of Tortuga.
Tortuga Browser – How Did I Install It?
Tortuga’s installation process is without any steps or preferences, i.e. express installation. When installed, the setup program opens a small window in the middle of the screen that may say something like ‘Installing… Please wait.’. This is a strong suggestion that this browser may be installed on a computer in combination with other program installers. Such programs may be your average free media player, file converter, PDF reader, photo editor, etc. Most users tend to skip steps on their installers that may say something like ‘Get Tortuga Browser as an extra for free!’ with a tick box and usually in small font size. This is because the average computer user has no reading habits and instead clicks the ‘Next’ button in a quick manner. Besides bundling the other way such program can be installed on a machine, is via a download from the official site. This is sometimes done via redirects directly to the download page. Either way, Tortuga Browser is installed on the computer along with ‘extensions’ and other extras.
What Does Tortuga Browser Do In Your PC?
This is an excellent question, since after being installed for research purposes, numerous suspicious details rose our eyebrows.
Suspicion 1: Ad-Supported searches and redirects.
When investigators decided to type the words ‘phone cases’ in the Google homepage, the first four search results were in a bright yellow field that was Ad-supported with the caption ‘Ads by Tortuga’.
When clicked on any of the ad-supported results, like the average user tends to do, it immediately redirected to a suspicious search engine that had completely different results from the ones portrayed in Google. None of those sites in the results was familiar to us.
When viewing the comparisons of Tortuga and Google Chrome started with their default home pages, more precisely the processes in the Task Manager of Windows, we have established that it runs twice as many operations than Chrome. They take up twice as more memory, in complete contrast to the lightness of the browser, promised on their website. On the victim computer, this was not noticed, but on a less powerful PC there will surely be a significant difference.
Suspicion 3: Running Extensions whilst closed.
When we decided to close Tortuga Browser, there were six tortuga.exe processes running on the user PC. When we examined the sources of the processes we have established that Tortuga was running in our Windows Tray and had 3 embedded extensions going by the current names:
- Link Slider
- Component Optimizer for Browser Bay
These extensions were common for Chromium browser, however they are a bad sign if they run on an ad-supported web browser.
Suspicion 4: Many icons.
Immediately after Tortuga was installed on the user PC, several icons have appeared on our desktop, which were shortcuts to the most widely used sites. All of those icons were opened via Tortuga browser when clicked on, and they were quite annoying since they filled up a quarter of the Desktop space. We have concluded that it was quite unusual that a browser claiming to be secure and light may fill the user desktop up with eighteen shortcuts.
What Should You Do?
Many experts classify this as an ad-supported PUP. Potentially Unwanted Programs may not be directly dangerous to your computer, however, the third-party sites they promote may be devastating to your computer information and even to your wallet. Such sites maybe some of the ones advertised by the suspicious search engine form the 1st suspicion above. Be sure to keep up to date with the latest threats and seek professional software that will ensure you constant support.
Removal Manual For Tortuga Browser
In case you feel like you have no use of Tortuga browser, be sure to uninstall it manually, using the tutorial provided below. Tortuga may leave a lot of files on the user PC concealed in particular target directories. This is why experts recommend downloading a reputable anti-spyware and malware tool that will eradicate anything out of the ordinary, restoring the affected PC to its initial state. Also by installing such a tool you ensure yourself from further intrusions to your computer.
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