Folder Share is an application of a Potentially Unwanted type. The suspicious app aims to read Windows folders as a network share and help distribute files, however without notifying victims the app also displays different third-party advertisements with a time-spam of a minute time during browsing activity. While the application helps sharing folders, it also may come with bunch of ads that it may display to you and these advertisements may lead you to various third-party websites of different character. Since there may be multiple different risks involved with those websites, it is wise to consider removing this ad-supported software, preferably by using the information in this article.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Aims to assist with creating a Network Shared folder, however the program displays advertisements on your browser.|
|Symptoms||Slow performance of your computer plus different types of advertisements to begin appearing.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Folder Share |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Folder Share.|
Folder Share Adware – How Did I Get It
Programs like Folder Share have two main methods of propagation. The first of those is to upload the program and present it as useful on software providing websites from the same type as download.cnet.com or the Softonic download site. The app may be uploaded on a suspicious website for software download that may present it as a useful free download and this is one way you may have intentionally installed Folder Share.
The other, more likely way of getting Folder Share on your computer is without knowing you are installing it during the installation of other free program you have downloaded online. This technique is known as software bundling and you may encounter it If you have downloaded the software setup of any free program that you are looking to download online, like your favorite media player, torrent program, driver for computer, etc. This happens via bundling of the Folder Share program as a “free extra” to the setup procedure of the program you have installed. Usually it is easy to miss, because the prompt for installing Folder Share may be located in the “Custom” otherwise known as “Advanced” installation option on the Setup Wizard. The prompt to install or opt-out from Folder Share appears somewhat like the following image:
Folder Share – More Information
As soon as it has been installed on your computer, the program may add files in the %Program Files% directory of your computer. Folder Share may also create scheduled tasks and add registry entries in order for the software to run automatically when you start Windows.
In addition to this, Folder Share may also modify aspects of your web browser by possibly adding a custom browser extension or simply chaning the browser’s settings to accept scripts injected from the program. This may result in the program tracking your online activity via tracking technologies, such as:
- Flash Cookies.
This may be done with the purpose to obtain different information from your computer, such as:
- Your browsing history.
- Your bookmarked websites.
- The online clicks you perform.
- What you type while browsing.
Based on those, the Folder Share software may use different algorithms to display you advertisements while you are browsing. These ads usually target you based on what you have searched for online, thus increasing the likelyhood of you clicking on them. The advertisements displayed by Folder Share on your computer may be the following types:
- Browser redirects.
- Taken over banner spaces.
- Highlighted text ads.
Security researchers feel convinced that this program may display those ads primarily to generate profit at the user’s expense. In addition to doing this, the Folder Share software may also display you adverts that may be dangerous for you PC, since they come from third-parties that have nothing to do with the program. This is one of the main reasons that you should consider removing Folder Share from your PC.
How to Remove Folder Share from Your Computer
In order to completely eliminate this program from your PC, if you have decided to do so, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions which are down below. They are specifically designed in order to assist you in uninstalling this program. But be advised that since Folder Share may also situate other programs on your computer that may also display advertisements, it is recommended to automatically remove all adware from your PC by scanning it with an advanced anti-malware software. Such will not only remove all traces of Folder Share from your PC, but will also actively protect your computer system from malware and unwanted software in the future too.