|Short Description||ShareThis claims to improve online experience by providing a free service.|
|Symptoms||The displaying of various types of advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling, unsafe browsing.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ShareThis Ads|
A suspicious unwanted program, going by the name ShareThis has been causing security concerns, experts say. This is due to the possibility that ShareThis may display various ad-supported content mainly connected with third-party websites that are hazardous to the user. Some of the third-party sites may either con the user out of his funds(Fake Tech Support) or infect the computer with ransomware, such as CryptoWall.
How Did ShareThis Ads Get In My PC?
There are several strategies that such unwanted apps use to slither onto your system. You may have downloaded it by clicking on an unknown link by accident or by opening a spam mail that may have promoted the app as a free useful software for sharing. Another way by which such apps situate themselves on machines is a method, called bundling. This devious strategy is being implemented as a new form of marketing. It includes any third-party apps directly in the installers of free software, usually with an installation step that either prompts the user to agree with a button or displays an opt-in box. Experts recommend always to be careful when installing apps from sites that are not their genuine providers.
More About ShareThis Ads
This software may use malicious practices to collect information about your online interests and activities. Such technologies are browser cookies, beacons, LSOs or Flash Cookies and several other. After that, the second step for it is that it might begin to display to you pop-ups, ad-supported search results (Blackhat SEO), highlighted text, hot linking to third-party search engines and other. Cookies are small text files that may collect and store information about your search history, online clicks, browsing history and other info.
More to it than that, ShareThis may collect information, regarding your IP address, country, and other preferences to concentrate the ads even further and increase the likelihood of you clicking on them. For example, if you live in Sweden, the app will begin to pop out advertisements in Swedish and so on.
But these are not the reasons why ShareThis is considered to be a potentially harmful program. I mean, sure it may collect information from users, but most of the apps do it nowadays to improve their services, right? The reason this app is not to be trusted is that it may collaborate with some suspicious third-party online locations. These mysterious sites may be either websites belonging to the same developer of ShareThis with the purpose to boost the traffic on his sites and earn funds by pay-per-click schemes. But they might also be sites of clients of the developer of the app. Either way, some of them may scam the user out of his money or information, by displaying:
- Fake virus pop-ups.
- Fake prize contest registration.
- A fraudulent free product claiming.
More so, some sites may implement a so-called drive-by download and could infect the user PC directly just by visiting with:
- Trojan Horses.
And what is worse is that these are only a little part of the possible threats connected with unfamiliar third-parties, whose ads may be administered by apps, like ShareThis. This is why experts advise always to use trusted sources when you download content and employ ad-blocking software and anti-malware programs on your computer.
Remove ShareThis Ads From Your Computer
To fully delete ShareThis from your computer, you should first uninstall it manually. To do this, you may follow the step-by-step instructions for clean up below. Because such apps may situate leftover objects on your computer, it is recommended to download and install anti-malware software on your PC. It will detect any threats and immediately get rid of them and will also protect you from such in the future.
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